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, and The Penmen Review.

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.


Carmel 2019 Trip

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Since I once lived in the southwest and have spent a great deal of time on the west coast, I have difficulty recalling there was a time not so long ago (relatively speaking)... READ MORE

Mid-2019 Update

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is half over. I had intended to post monthly updates but have fallen short of that goal. I hope this mid-year review will help kickstart better habits.... READ MORE

April 2019 Update

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April was a bit of a busy month. One weekend, an old friend, who I’ve known since grade school, was in town, and we got to spend some time together. He had seen... READ MORE

Cleveland 2019

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Tell someone you are going to Cleveland and you will likely hear some kind of “mistake on the lake” joke or a very outdated reference to the Cuyahoga River catching on fire. Yes,... READ MORE