White-Faced Cow painting by DJ Geribo

To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I can’t think of higher praise than to say that Ms. Long gave us a book long overdue. Since I am in the category that she refers to in the book, “Dancing with the Muse in Old Age”, I could relate to so many of the stories she shared.

The prejudices towards the elderly are many and are based on outdated information. She cited a study from 1953 that many others used as basis for age discrimination in the workplace. A study that is nearly 70 years old, before a lot of studies were even done on the seniors in society. Personally, we are getting younger, at least the friends I have are. They are taking trips and participating in volunteering and walking and playing pickleball and skiing and golfing, etc. And then there are those like me who are doing their best writing and painting in their 70’s and beyond.

This book is a must read for anyone who is a senior or younger. It isn’t all bad news. As the saying goes, your life is what you make it. And yes, I know people who have decided that they are old now (in their 60’s!) so are behaving old and doing nothing with whatever remaining years they have left. Personally, I have a lot I still want to accomplish and it has nothing to do with sitting in a chair watching TV or knitting anything! I have a lot more novels to complete and even many more paintings to finish, also.

I can’t thank Ms. Long enough for this amazing book she wrote and all the research that was obviously involved in putting such a valuable book together. By the way, Ms. Long is 78 years young!

I rate "Dancing with the Muse in Old Age" 5 out of 5 stars