Category Archives: old age

According to the Chinese fortune cookie….

I recently opened a Chinese fortune cookie and read: “You will succeed some day.” Everyone at the table chuckled. What were they thinking? “After all, she’s almost 75 years old. If she hasn’t made it by now….” or “Well, that’s

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OUTloud. An archive of LGBTQ histories

A few years ago, when I first began writing this blog, I wrote about Steven Dansky, a friend, an LGBTQ activist, writer, photographer and now––more than ever––an historian. Steve and his friend, John Knoebel, are working on an oral history

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Old women and mysteries

Most readers of mysteries choose books by people whose names they recognize. Not promising when no one has heard of you.  A little over two years ago, Sisters in Crime and PubTrack, the book sales division of R.R. Bowker, did

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How do you want to live?

It wasn’t like me not to, but I never questioned why I wanted to drive across the country by myself at age 74. My friends thought I was crazy. That the trip was a journey into my past wasn’t surprising,

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In old age we fill whole eras

I remember when my friend Wes died in the ‘80s, that I was surprised by the feeling that my life had been extended, not into the future but into the past. He left behind diaries and memorabilia, beginning in the

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Sex and the Old Detective

Ms. Mulholland, in the third book in the Alex and Ms. Mulholland series, is involved with a man 20 years younger than her 67 years. She surprised me too, but then I’m just the writer. The problem is he’s just

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And now – a new website!

For some time—I don’t know how long but too long—I’ve been lax about putting up posts. This had partly to do with a terrible confusion about what I should do, am doing, can do on the internet. I started this

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