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, 70s, 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 some years ago, I got a Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing from the UW and a job as a technical writer in a federal agency.
I’m married to an aeronautical engineer whom I met at work, and I have an grown daughter who lives in Albany, New York. Over the years, she’s been the inspiration for a number of speeches and several blog posts, such as Open Letter to my Daughter on Turning 30.
My passions include reading; walking or running (sometimes outdoors, sometimes in); cooking and eating healthful food; Toastmasters; bird-watching; and listening to music, especially rock, blue grass, and gospel.
I’d love to get your comments, questions, and suggestions on my blog.