Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meet Renee, Joyce, and Jean

Over at the Exhibits Hall I ran into (literally) three energetic women in TIARAS!  Their aura was so palpable it was contagious and I stopped to comment on their lovely headgear...I mean who doesn't love shiny rhinestone hair decor?

Turns out, they are guest speakers for AARP at the Orlando convention!

I sat down with Renee Fisher, Joyce Kramer and Jean Peelen for a few minutes to discuss their newest book: Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives after 50.

This literary ménage à trois" have been best friends since meeting at a Washington, D.C. workshop 15 years ago.    Good celestial alignment or maybe just a fortuitous happenstance, these three ladies decided to collaborate a writing adventure based on their own personal aging experiences.

Their voices are honest, sometimes brutally so, but tempered with a dose of good old fashioned you-gotta-laugh-or-else-you'll-cry humor.  Renee explained they found a real connection with other women in all walks of life via all forms of social media and that this virtual sisterhood is growing.

Their newest book incorporates the positives of online networking in a special way.  Here's Amazon's short blurb:

Due to the overwhelming response of the authors' first book Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50, Saving the Best For Last incorporates several new chapters, as well as an exciting interactive element throughout. You, the reader, can not only read Renee's, Jean's and Joyce's enlightening and very real experiences of aging and reinvention, you can also participate in powerful life changing individual and group exercises and processes that will forever change the way you see the years after 50.The three authors speak candidly about many topics, including:*sexuality*dating and mating*money*faith and spirituality*our mothers*loss*friendship. As you, too, pass the threshold of fifty, you may discover, as these women did, that this is a moment in your life to celebrate--a beginning, rather than an ending. This is a journey you will not want to miss. Saving the Best For Last is your roadmap and your guidebook.

Jean has a radio program: Gray Matters and  Renee blogs at Life in the Boomer Lane.  When I get home, I intend to spend some more time getting acquainted with these terrific women  and their respective personalities

Oh, and tiaras are optional but highly encouraged for everyday wear and while surfing the net; a definite confidence builder and ice breaker.  Doubles as an extra wireless antennae in emergencies, I'm told!


joared said...

Hey! This book sound interesting. I know it's popular to focus on the Boomer group 'cause their numbers are so large, but I'm most interested in a more inclusive group of all Elders, including men and women like me who are older. Guess I'll need to come to AARP to state our case!

Am looking forward Fri. to virtually attending some sessions through streaming video/audio now that I've wrapped up some of my Sept. work obligations. Maybe I'll see you there!

Ronni Bennett said...

Now what would be more perfect for Cowtown Pattie than a rhinestone tiara to go with her cowboy boots.

Peter Tibbles said...

I always wear a tiara when I read your blog.