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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

When Did You Stop Dreaming?

If your dreams have stopped . . .”Start daydreaming about the autumn of your life as much as you daydreamed about finding your perfect love when you were a teenager.”Laura Carstensen

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