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I’m Back

February 18, 2016

Online, that is. (Or, rather….on my blog; I’m always online!!) The problem is that I bought a new computer many months ago and the WordPress software that lets me post stuff to this blog, got lost in the transfer.  Last night, my friend, Patrick (24-year-old nephew-in-law of my daughter, Jan, sat down and in 15 minutes he put it all back together again. It’s amazing! I want to take him with me wherever I go, but in just 10 days he goes home to Germany!)

I’m currently living in Seattle. Jan and her husband, Bill, have a downstairs in their house with a few bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom. Patrick and I are sharing the space with sporadic guests. And we also hang out with Jan and Bill. Everyone works; I pretend to. I haven’t been out of the country since last year when I went to Madagascar with my friends, Lars and Nirin. (You met them in my nomad book.) It was a great trip and the guys did all the planning. They even carried my bags!

My reasons for sitting still, rather than nomadding around the world, are: achy shoulders, a determination to write my next book (Getting Older with a Smile, Breaking the Rules of Aging), and a general laziness. Plus, there’s a lot to do in the area….more on this later.

I’m trying to ignore the arthritic, cartiledge-less shoulders; the dr. said “replacement.” I’m 78 and have no interest in surgery!  So instead I’ve decided to write about getting old. The wonderful thing is……I’m a very happy person, and now, even happier, because I’m freed by age to do whatever I want to do. The first chapter in the book is called “Liberation!” My collaborator (Betty Morgan) and I are committed to getting people  to learn how to have fun when they’re in their mid-fifties and more.. How to play, draw, sing, travel, be silly. Try things they’ve never done before. It’s going to be a terrific book and it will change a lot of lives. We just have to write it!!

I am, at the moment, avoiding writing……..something I’m very good at. We are in the process of looking for an agent and I’m not working too hard on that either!

I am having fun. Two weeks ago I spent a weekend singing at Rainy Camp. We sang all day and well into the night. There were guitars, banjos, violins, string instruments that sit on your lap, and all sorts of drumming things. It was incredibly exciting. I even took a workshop on yodeling!! (I have a way to go. They suggested we practice in a closet!) My heart was pumping the whole time I was there.  Days later I still felt my body bubbling with joy.  I will definitely go again next year. I love to sing!

That’s enough for now. If you want to send an autographed copy of Tales of a Female Nomad to a friend, send me an e-mail, a dedication-name, and your address. When you get the book, you can send me the check!!

I’m going to try to blog more often. Also, I have a listserv that I write to regularly….sharing my thoughts and whims. If you want to join, write and ask me to add you.      Thanks.                                Love, Rita

 

What I’ve been up to:

02/17/2016

I’m about to go back to writing posts every now and then (at least monthly).

It’s been so long, I totally forgot how to do it. This is a test.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a real post. Do stop by.  RG

 

Goodbye to Madagascar

(I arrived in Seattle last night at about 10:30….after a 12-hour flight from Madagascar to Paris, a ten-hour flight from Paris to Detroit, and another 4 ½ hours to Seattle.  I have a cough, bleary eyes, and a tired body……but I’m otherwise healthy. No bubonic plague.) On the plane from Paris to Detroit Hi All, I’m so tired of planes and airports! Lars, Nirin, and I left Madagascar at about 2:30 AM, got into Paris Continue Reading →

Traveling in Madagascar

Hi All, I’m nearing the end of my Madagascar adventure, and I promised news before I left. I’m here with my friends, Lars and Nirin, from Nantes, France. They’ve been here before, and I happily left all the planning to them. (Nirin’s father is from here, and Nirin knows the country well.) They’ve been taking great care of me….carrying my bags, holding my hand across high steps, and researching food (Lars is a professional chef Continue Reading →