I retired at age fifty-five from the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory in 2005. I raised a son alone and married late in life. Had I not married, I would probably still be working there as a Telecommunications Specialist. I had always wanted to write my memoir. I made a point of living an exciting life, so I have many stories to share. Writing my personal story is harder and taking longer than I anticipated. So for fun, I created the Logie Bear & Friends Adventures fantasy in 2017. My husband, Larry, and I love to travel. Our grandson was too young to take on our trip to South Africa, so I brought along a stuffed bear I named Logie Bear. Larry and I take photographs and videos of our vacations, and I write Logie's fictionalized adventure stories about those trips. I have so much fun creating these books. My first five books are available on Amazon.com. A sixth Logie Bear Adventure into space will be available in 2022. I am finishing my first memoir and will push through my personal story in the near future. I also plan to write a non-fiction book about how I embraced retirement and my wellness journey. Maybe I can help others feel comfortable about retiring, making dreams come true, and feeling healthy as they age. There is so much in life to explore! Don't listen when others say you are too old. You are only as old as you allow yourself to feel, and if your knees hold out.
My goals with storytelling are to continue Logie Bear's adventures, and to share my journey in retirement. I hope that by documenting what helped and inspired me to fulfill my dreams in retirement, I can help someone else. If you are like me, and have let go of societal expectations to reach for a dream, then I hope you will let me know what resonates with you by liking or commenting on what I publish. Aging is not for the faint of heart, but it can be exciting and really fun. Let's play!
I am learning how to approach online publishing more professionally. Learning about the business of self-publishing is challenging, but learning new digital platforms is great exercise for my brain. Thank you for following me. I hope I will encourage others to pursue their dreams, and check off that "bucket list".