This Creative Midlife is a project I began in 2017 at the age of 49 inspired by the unfathomable fact that I would soon be turning 50. Fifty? What the hell?

Although I have had a personal blog in various iterations since 2005, I decided I wanted to start a new site dedicated to coming to a better understanding of what it means to be what we generously refer to as “middle age” or “midlife.”

I am especially curious about the role of creativity plays and hopefully will continue to play later in life (thus the title). It seems that in recent years, creativity has become more important to me and feels like it will be an important element of my life as I grow older.

I have long been a writer and have had short stories published in Ayris MagazineCompose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, The Casserole, Contraposition, The Penmen Review, and Monday Night. A couple of those stories appear in my collection, Kindred Spirits.

In addition, I have had poetry appear in Small Brushes, Superior Poetry News and The Vermillion Literary Project. I have also had several professional publications associated with my 25 year (and counting) career as a librarian. Twenty-five years? What the hell?

Although I have been interested in photography for a while, I have only recently begun taking that interest seriously in the past few years. Some of my photos have appeared in several travel blogs, The Huffington Post and the websites for Forbes and Discover.

Even more recently, I have started dabbling with drawing and graphic design.

I have also written an introductory post explaining my intentions in more detail.

Olympus XA with Kodak Pro Image

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I was so glad that my Olympus XA still worked after it hit the ground while we were on vacation. Not only does it take good pictures, but it’s also my smallest film... READ MORE

Olympus OM-1 with Fomapan Classic

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Earlier this year, I wrote about all my cameras and grouped them by how reliable they are with the implication that some cameras are better suited to frequent use. I also noted that... READ MORE

July and August 2022 Update

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Our summer has been pretty quiet, which is why I’m combining my July and August updates. Our vacation was back in early May so we didn’t have any plans for the rest of... READ MORE

Canon AE-1 with Kodak Pro Image

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After needing to wonder if my Olympus XA was still working after it hit the ground, I wanted a more reliable experience so I loaded my Canon AE-1 with a roll of Kodak... READ MORE