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My name is Shirley Hershey Showalter. I’m the author of a memoir about growing up Mennonite called Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. I was also a college president, foundation executive, and professor. You can read more on my about page.
I am leading a quieter, more contemplative, life now. I enjoy reading, writing, playing, and speaking. At this website, I’m reflecting on two subjects:
- Magical Memoir Moments: those little epiphanies when we remember on purpose.
- Encore vocation: when we get to decide what our purpose is beyond our job or career.
Most recent blog posts
An old painting, uncovered from The Box in the Basement, reminds me of my deepest desire: to become an artist who keeps learning and teaching.read more
This week’s vacation at Long Beach Island evokes strong memories of my childhood love of swimming. The rarity of a day at a beach or even a swimming pool made it very precious from the anticipation beforehand, to the packing, driving, arriving, splashing, and returning.read more
Sometimes a Magical Memoir Moment occurs in less than a second. The way my parents told the story, their first meeting was like that. If either of them had made different choices that fateful day, forty-six people would have very different stories. Or no story at all.read more