About Old Women Who Write
Our 70s, 80s, and 90s can be a period of unparalleled creative growth and expression. Old Women Who Write is meant to inspire you and spark your desire to write. I will share my writing and invite you to share yours. There will be interviews with women of a certain age who write so that we have models of what can be. It matters not if you are a poet, or a writer of fiction, or of non-fiction or have yet to write anything. This is your place to be inspired.
About This Old Woman, Jean Peelen
Until age 35, I was a stay-at-home wife and mother. The civil rights movement propelled me into activism. I went to law school dragging my kids behind me, determined to make this world better and fairer. For the next 20 years, I was a civil rights lawyer for the Federal government. In my last few years of working, I became unsatisfied with the notion that I was on some sort of tried-and-true path. It was almost time for retirement, but then what? I was reading writers like Michael Ruiz, and Deepak Chopra, and Eckhart Tolle. Transformational workshops opened me to the possibility that I could be the sole, uncontested author of my life; that I can decide how I want to live this life. From that moment on I decided to choose my life, and to live it fully, out loud, and possibly outrageously.
I retired at 60 and between then and 70, modelled commercially in print and tv, hosted a radio show for “women of a certain age,” and co-authored two books about life after 50. I retired again to a beach in Florida, entirely expecting to go gentle into that good night. That lasted for about a year, then I ran for office in my little town. I served my community for six years on the City Commission. But something unexpected happened. I got old. Or at least the world thought I did. I packed my bags, and retired, yet again, to a tiny house village in North Carolina. I had been here for two years, playing bridge, and attending Taco Trivia Tuesdays, when Covid appeared. To keep from getting too bored or lonely, I took a couple of on-line writing courses. And WHAM, I now am again unretired. My passion for writing came flooding back. Since I am about to turn 80, I thought it time to figure out what my life has been about…really about. And that is where I am today. Writing, editing, website creating, and in love with the idea that I can help change the paradigm of aging, not only for myself but for all of my sisters in age.
There is an ancient Sufi saying: “When the ego weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found.” And I say “Amen!”