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. 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.

September 2021 Update

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September started off with some weather drama when the remnants of Hurricane Ida came through Philadelphia resulting, among other things, in the historic flooding of the Schuylkill River. Luckily, the rest of the... READ MORE


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During a lunch break while working from home, I dropped off some film at my local film place, Photolounge. I brought along my Olympus XA loaded with Kodak Ektar. I had shot about... READ MORE

Minolta X-700 with Kodak Color Plus

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Back in July, I wrote about taking photos with my Minolta Celtic 135mm f/3.5 lens on my Minolta XE. As I mentioned, I don’t often shoot at longer focal lengths (not that 135mm is that... READ MORE

Remnants of Hurricane Ida

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Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana on Sunday, August 29 and then made its way north and east, hitting Philadelphia the late afternoon and night of Wednesday, September 1. Although we were expecting a... READ MORE