“Laughter is our pressure valve,” she writes, “our shock absorber. It's our mental vacation from the stress of life.” To help us out, she has given us scores of funny stories and sayings. Here is one of her Periodic Twitter Updates: “Hot flash. Going to the frozen-food aisle.” Here is one of her “remember when” observations: remember when the “hip” crowd was a cool group, not the people you know who've had replacement surgery?
Along with all her humor about getting older, Bolton has included some good solid insights and advice. She warns about avoiding Internet scams. She wants us to leave a legacy for our children, a memory book. She prompts us to do so by asking us to identify the defining moments in our life. I liked her “do over” list. She asks us to think about what we would have done differently. She even has a lesson on punctuation.
Bolton also includes short interviews she did with people over fifty. They include entertainers and other well known people. They give their advice for living well as we age.
Even though there are some serious essays in this collection, almost all of it is wrapped up in humor. Like when she wrote about exercise. She likes to do jumping jacks. Well, half of them. She claps.
She ends her book with the wise advice of whatever age we happen to be, enjoy life and live it to the fullest. We'll never be this age again.
Reading this book would be a good way to get some laughs and some good advice about getting older.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Martha Bolton has been nominated for an Emmy, a Dove, a WGA award, and is a four time Angel Award winner. She is the author of 88 books. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years. She has also written for Mark Lowry, Phyllis Diller, Chonda Pierce, and many others. You can find out more at http://www.marthabolton.com/.
Elk Lake Publishing, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.