All my life I have looked ahead to someone older to help show me the path ahead. Role models, we sometimes call these people. I started early, looking up to my neighbor Shirley Clark. She was a member of the safety patrol. I became a member also.
From Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
Last week someone who just might qualify as a role model contacted me. Let me introduce you to her. She has inspired me to continue writing and also to look for classes in some long-deferred interests: painting, calligraphy, and photography.
Nadine Block retired in 2011. Since then, she has written three books and has been selected as an artist in a juried competition to paint a public utility box. She has traveled to 65 countries, and has had a one-woman art show called “Travel Images” The painting below was featured in that show:
At the Istanbul Fruit Market
Nadine has been a teacher and school psychologist, but she grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Her latest book is a memoir called Remembering Rosie: Memories of a Wisconsin Farm Girl.
Nadine has agreed to do a book giveaway of her memoir to a randomly-selected writer who comments at the end of her post below. And now, here’s 84-year-old Nadine, and here is her question!
Nadine Block, author, painter, and octogenarian.
Why would an octogenarian want to start a blog?
Aren’t you over-the-hill at eighty?
Maybe looking into a new recliner or figuring out the new TV remote is a better use of time for an octogenarian. I am 84 years old and have been discussing with myself whether to start a blog. I have a blog tab on my website but I use it to post news. I would like a conversational blog in which I can have an exchange of ideas. What would I exchange ideas about? I’d like to talk about how to create a joyful and productive old age and see what other people are doing to achieve that.
Maybe the question amuses you. I smirked when my 95-year old mother asked me if it was possible to find a man friend online at her age. I thought, “Hey Mom, are you kidding,” You might wonder if my question has some genetic ties
I retired at 74 years and have since published three books. My most recent book is Remembering Rosie: Memories of a Wisconsin Farm Girl. In it I look back fondly at my 1950’s childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm, a place I couldn’t wait to leave.
The farm Nadine could not wait to leave!
I have marketing work to do on the book. I also began painting when I retired and exhibit my work. But I am afraid I will get bored. My mother lived to be 101. That could happen to me. I have a few creative juices that are looking for a project.
Is it wise and useful for an octogenarian or even a septuagenarian to start a blog? If you are a senior, a restless retiree, or an elder who wants to have a conversation with peers, have you thought about starting a blog? What would you write about? Where would you go for advice on how to do this? Should I go ahead with my blog?
Okay, readers, here is your chance to give advice, explain what you appreciate about blogging (whether or not you are a blogger), and what interests you most about Nadine? Do you identify with her dilemma? Has she landed on the right subject? Would you be more interested in something else she apparently knows about?