Join author, writer, and poet, Anne Simpson to talk about her latest book, Do You Feel As Old As You Are? Spurred by questions from her 20-year-old granddaughter, Simpson has written a series of personal reflections and essays on growing older in a society that fears death and aging. Anne’s life is a collage of her various roles: as a woman, minister’s wife, mother, stepmother, volunteer, teacher, sheep farmer, and writer. When she was 59 her husband was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and for the next 17 years, she added caregiver to her roles.
In her latest book, Simpson reflects on the many changes she has seen in 82 years of living, from technology to women’s roles, to encroaching infirmities, to taking risks, to learning to let go. “If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.” Books may be purchased at the reception desk but you do not need to read the book to join the discussions.