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_MG_8217My 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

Witnessing for Peace: Then and Now

Where have all the protests gone? A visit to Washington, DC, illustrates the change from the protest May 9, 1970, to the current “war is not the answer” signs in front of the White House.

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BLUSH Turning Two — Means a Bargain for You

This picture was taken in 1961 when I was in seventh grade and 13 years old. Two years ago this week Herald Press chose it for the cover of my memoir. See the subtle differences? When a baby turns two, people cluck their tongues and wish the parents well. “Enjoy... read more

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