My name is Madeleine Kolb, and I created this blog because—as I grew older—I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the grim and depressing things we all hear about aging don’t seem to be true. The stereotypes don’t fit me. Or most of the people I know.
As Mark Twain said,
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
And much—maybe most—of what we know for sure about life in our 50s, 60s and beyond just ain’t so. So a while back I started reading everything I could about what matters most as we grow from youth to middle-age to old age. Things such as good health, work that we care about, and good relationships.
I began writing about growing older and became a Human Guinea Pig of sorts, testing for myself whether it’s really true that you can’t teach an old dog/old person new tricks. So far, it doesn’t seem to be.
In my younger days, I earned degrees in zoology and genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. After moving to Boston, I worked for more than 20 years in the environmental field.
Returning to Seattle, I got a Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing from the UW and a job as a technical writer in a federal agency. And where I met an aeronautical engineer who jokes that he “just can’t hold a retirement.”
Several years ago, The Engineer and I moved to the east coast when he accepted a term appointment at the Patuxent (Pax) River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. Now we’re back in Seattle. To stay.
I have an adult daughter who lives and works in Albany, New York. Over the years, she’s been the inspiration for several blog posts, such as Open Letter to my Daughter on Turning 30.
My passions include cooking and eating healthful food; walking or running (sometimes outdoors, sometimes in); writing; reading; Toastmasters; bird-watching; rock music, blue grass, and gospel.
Some of my guest posts can be found at
GoodlifeZen What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say
Feed the Beauty Seriously Tweaking Stereotypes
Live Bold and Bloom Boldly Face the Number One Fear in America
imPOWERage Test Pilot, Dick Newman, Fails Retirement
imPOWERage Opinon: Being Attractive at any Age
I’d love to get your comments, questions, and suggestions on my blog.