Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tidbits from Recent Presentations

I have recently given a number of presentations to service organizations and retirement communities. Here is a sampling of stories and information from audience members:

One family trained an older family member that when she told the same story over again, her relatives would raise the number of fingers to indicate how many times that story had been told.

After one presentation a woman waited to speak to me. When her time came she informed me that in my talk I had said, “jump off of,” which is grammatically incorrect and should be, “jump off.” I concurred that she was right. She noted that these things are very important because she used to be a proofreader. I guess I’m going to have to join a critique group for my presentations as well as my writing.

I liked this quote I was given by one person, “Our children are our investment and our grandchildren are the interest on the investment.”

Another quote, “There’s never enough time unless you’re serving it.”

At some of the service clubs, members like to josh each other. One man was telling the audience his background and stated that he had attended a particular school for three years. An audience member piped up, “Yeah but it’s only a two year school.”

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog Radio

I had an opportunity to be interviewed this morning on a blog radio program. We discussed topics of aging and my Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series. For those interested check out:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to Work

After ten days playing nanny to our two grandsons, I’m back to work, editing a cozy mystery. I also gave a talk earlier this evening and once again picked up a good geezer joke. Joe meets Gladys in a retirement home and asks her to marry him. She says yes. The next morning Joe wakes up and can’t remember if Gladys said yes to his proposal. He finally goes to see her and asks her if she said yes. She beams at him and replies, “I did but I’m glad you came to see me. I couldn’t remember who asked me.”

Friday, August 6, 2010


Again I had an opportunity to give several presentations this week. Speaking to one group of seniors after I gave my list of how you can tell you’re growing older, one woman added the three advantages of having short-memory loss: 1. You meet new people all the time. 2. You can hide your own Easter eggs. 3. I forgot the third.