New Book Coming Soon!

I am happy to tell you that my latest book Teens Gone Wired: Are You Ready? will be released in September and is already available for pre-order. The book is about raising teens in a digital world and looks at the totality of the teen experience – mind, body and soul. Stories from parents and post-teens are interwoven with tips from teenagers themselves. I combined these honest, real-life accounts with research findings, tips and resources. My hope is that parents will be forewarned, forearmed, and can actually relax and have some fun. I am delighted that the book has been receiving terrific endorsements from the experts, which you can read here.

We’ve reworked the website to include the new book and I hope you’ll enjoy the new look. Here is where I’ll be posting details of the book launch as soon as details are finalized. The launch will take place in several cities. Also in the Fall, I’ll be meeting with a book club to develop a Book Club Guide, which will be posted here.

Whether you’re a parent or grandparent of a teen, or simply interested in issues around technology and social change, I think you’ll enjoy the book.

Please also join us on our brand new Facebook page! We hope you'll join in on the discussions. We love hearing your feedback - Keep it coming!


Retirees are Goodwill Ambassadors

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the Warner–Lambert / Pfizer Retirees’ Association (Toronto). They’re a terrific organization and fit into that emotional circle so highly recommended by the role models. About three decades ago, the company set up the group along with interested employees. Today there are 373 members. The primary goal is keeping alive the spirit of fellowship and camaraderie the retirees developed while working together. They hold regular meetings and special events – both educational and entertaining. Their latest newsletter has details of trips to the Shaw Festival and Herongate Farm, a talk by a nutritionist and a train trip to see the Fall colours. The group has been receiving some funding from the company, which seems like smart policy since the members are such goodwill ambassadors. Hugh Moses won a draw for a copy of the book and that’s the two of us in the photo below.


Aging Can Be Hilarious

It’s been great fun being part of Shari Graydon’s book “I Feel Great About My Hands… And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging”. Shari asked some very good writers and very funny women to write about beauty and aging and the result is a rollicking good read about getting old. My piece is entitled “Turkey Flap Wisdom’ and I was honoured to be included in such august company. We’ve given several book readings and the audiences have roared with laughter. The photo above is from the launch at Ben McNally’s in Toronto. After our NAC performance in Ottawa, Shari was approached by a 30-year old woman  who wailed, “I wish I could be 50!”  All proceeds from the book support Media Action and the Informed Opinions project. Read more on Shari’s blog


Stayin' Alive

“The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” I found this great quote from G. K. Chesterton in Michael Adam’s book Stayin’ alive. My review of Michael's book is in the March issue of the Literary Review of Canada. The book, which is subtitled how Canadian baby boomers will work, play, and find meaning in the second half of their adult lives, raises some worrisome issues for our aging population. My review is available on the LRC website and I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Coming Full Circle

One of the great joys of writing this book has been receiving emails like the following from Linda Studley.

She has given me permission to share it with you.

       My brother sent me your book and I was reading it avidly when I came across one of your characters. You were describing her circumstances and I said "My God, that's my mother!" I don't mean that figuratively either!
        I flipped to the acknowledgements at the start of the book (who reads them first, really?) and there was her name, my mum!
        Thank you for immortalizing my mum in such a lovely way. She was indeed a model of how to grow old gracefully.
        As I am now the coordinator of a senior's support pilot project in BC, I have an even more compelling reason to enjoy your book. I am going to suggest the Seniors Access Society here purchase at least one copy to show our visiting seniors (we get 'young' seniors here too, but my project serves seniors 65 and over).
        I am currently trying to recruit volunteers to be 'friendly visitors' for my seniors and I'd like to promote/quote your book, particularly in that volunteering is a good way to develop some of those networks that support us after we 'retire' (at least from paid work). If you'd like to visit our website to see more on the pilot project it's at (CASI stands for Community Action for Seniors' Independence, the dc is for Dawson Creek, our location)
        Again, thank you for a wonderful book. It has changed how I see seniors and it has changed how I see myself becoming a senior. And it honours my Mum's grace and independence.