Doing Great But Getting Better: View From the Far Side of Seventy

Doing Great But Getting Better: View From the Far Side of Seventy

by Ralph Lee Thomas


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If you want to enjoy getting older and becoming a "senior"citizen, this book is for you. If you are over age 50, this book is for you or, if you hope to reach age 50, this book is also for you. Age changes one's perspective about everything. Ideas you once thought were set in stone, people who would never change, values etched in steel and assumptions that things would always work out like they have in the past, will all change. This is what makes life interesting. You can never be certain where life's road will lead you. Being able to laugh at yourself as you travel along this road is an indispensable tool for maintaining your sanity in an ever-changing world. Looking at life from this perspective can be a great blessing. It is much easier to see the world around you from the top of the mountain than it is from only half-way to the top. "Been there, done that" becomes increasingly true as you advance in years. As a newspaper columnist and story-teller, Thomas writes about every-day occurrences, but with an off-center sense of humor. You will find yourself laughing with him and at yourself as he opens the door to your memories. If you want to enjoy getting older, this book is just what the doctor ordered. Or, if you know of someone who is getting older, do them a favor . . . recommend it to them so they can laugh with you. Seniors, especially, will enjoy this book. All of the stories in this book can be shared with children and grandchildren, as well as others. They will laugh at them as well as at you as you open the to door to your memories, creating an opportunity for you to share your life with them. You may both be inspired to talk more often, as well as to talk about what is really important in life and to share the things you love with the people you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466215566
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Thomas honed his writing skills by keeping a daily journal. He describes these journals (now numbering seven volumes) as containing the good, the bad and the ugly about how he felt at the time of the writing. His guiding principle is that his journal entries contain the absolute truth as he understood it at the time of the writing. Only his wife of 54 years has permission to read his journals if she chooses to do so . . . which she seldom does. His children can have access to them after his death, which means, too late for argument. Over a 10 year period, his family encouraged him to become serious about his writing. Thomas had accumulated a collection of short essays on numerous subjects, most of which contained both humor and subtle advice. Eventually, he began writing a newspaper column for a local newspaper. The frequent requests for a collection of these columns as well as for his essays led to the writing of this book. For Thomas, no subject is sacred. Yet, he treats each subject with gentleness and always, with good taste. Speaking at schools and libraries has been a wonderful experience for him, allowing him to encourage others to put pen to paper. He often says we each have stories to tell that can be interesting and encouraging to readers. At age 78 he has a wealth of stories not yet written. Observing the world around him on a daily basis provides him with a constant supply of ideas. He and his wife have five children and seven grandchildren, most of whom they see on a weekly basis. Stocking the pantry, refrigerator and freezer with the things the grandchildren like to eat assures them of their frequent visits. Thomas credits the creator of our universe for his story-telling and writing skills. His favorite comment and a tag on each of his journal entries is, "Deus Aderit" God is present.

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