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.

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

June 2022 Update

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June was all about settling back into our normal lives after our great vacation in May. Writing 4 long posts about our trip to Arizona and California took up a lot of time... READ MORE

Did My Olympus XA Survive Vacation?

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One thing I didn’t mention about our recent Arizona and California trip was that, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I tripped and fell with my Olympus XA in one hand. Other than a scraped knee and... READ MORE

2022 California Vacation Part 3

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Day Ten: Carmel After another couple of days with long walks, we decided to just stay in Carmel the next day. We went back to Carmel Belle for breakfast. This time, Holly got... READ MORE

2022 California Vacation Part 2

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Day Seven: Relaxing in Carmel After walking and hiking a lot the previous 2 days, we decided to take things easy the next day. We had a nice breakfast at Village Corner, which... READ MORE