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_MG_8217Hello, friends. 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 and professor (Goshen College), and a foundation executive (Fetzer Institute). You can read more on my about page.

I will be the Kilian McDonnell Fellow at the Collegeville Institute during the fall semester 2016. My topic is Jubilación: Vocation in the Third Age of Life. Come along by following my blog and signing up for my one-paragaph weekly email Magical Memoir Moments. 

Most recent blog posts

Feeling Useful: A Place Where Age and Love Meet

In my twenties and thirties and forties, I was a professor. In my fifties I was a college president. In my sixties I was a foundation executive. Now that I am six months away from age seventy, I've been promoted to "granny nanny." But what, exactly, does that mean?...

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Our New City: Pittsburgh

First it was Brooklyn. Now it is Pittsburgh. The grannynanny gig takes us to cool places. I'm trying to learn all I can about Pittsburgh. I ask all my new friends for help. Let's start with geography. This is a city of three rivers and 466 bridges. In the U. S., only...

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Laughing Every Day: The September Report

 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." That Proverb poetry branded itself in my spirit. I've always loved a good laugh, whether a chuckle or a guffaw. According to the latest edition of the AARP magazine, "Laughing can give your immune system a temporary boost,...

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