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PERSPECTIVE
Monday, February 25, 2019 by LISA LICKEL

 

PLEASE WELCOME

LISA LICKEL

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

In my new book club, we read a novel that took place in the later seventies. The good thing is that I learned I was not the youngest person in the club. The interesting thing is that I realized why the later 1970s didn’t seem like ancient history. I was the same age as the character in the novel, written by a woman who hadn’t been born yet during the time frame of her story.

Ouch.

As we shared our perspectives on the novel about a family who could not communicate on so many levels for so many reasons, we all shared how we felt about our culture and mindset. The things that happened to us continued to do so, yet our reactions to those events—unfair profiling of our children, marriage, graduations, grandchildren, health, retirement—mellowed and tempered in our earned wisdom and hindsight.

When is the prime of my life?

It’s now…always now. It was when I watched my mother cuddle my firstborn son. It was when that son won the school spelling bee ... when he played basketball and created sculpture and art and walked away from us the first time on the college campus. The prime of my life was when I stepped out of my shell to get a job, to help found the historical society, when I began writing press releases, and then articles, and then signed with an agent and sold my first novel.

The prime of my life has been a privilege to participate in the end stages of my friends’ lives, careers, marriages; to walk with grace, not helplessness. To mourn with dignity, to say nothing when there are no right words.

The prime of my life is stepping boldly into a new life after retirement, building a new house, finding new friends, a new place to worship the same Jesus with a pastor younger than my children, to work with a different view out my window. To find new ways to communicate with my family because we’ve all aged in different ways. To hold my grandchildren. To think about graduate school, because I’m never too old to figure out I’m at the prime of life-- and loving it.

The prime of my life is over there, across that hill. Where’s yours?

ABOUT LISA LICKEL

Lisa is an author, editor, and mentor who lives with her husband in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction both short and full-length, including mysteries, romance and family drama, feature articles, and radio theater. She belongs to the Wisconsin Writers Association, the Chicago Writers Association and is a writing coach at Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Retreat. Lisa loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at www.LisaLickel.com.

Lisa writes about unusual relationships. Her novel, Meander Scar, is the first in a trilogy featuring the Michels women.

 

About MEANDER SCAR

Love can heal even the deepest scars ... After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann Ballard's missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him dead. Now forty-something, Ann is ready for her stagnant life to flow again. Then one day, a dark-haired younger man from her past shows up on her doorstep offering a river of hope in place of tears. Former neighbor Mark Roth has secretly loved Ann for years. When the hidden truth and another tragedy strike, the two must come to terms with family, faith and the depths to which true love can run.

 

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037Z6YM8

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/meander-scar-lisa-j-lickel/1102575735

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/meander-scar

 

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