Memoir writing is dear to my heart. Sierra Sunrise:A Travel Adventure is my attempt
to participate in an ongoing effort to share what is most important in my life, success.
Seniors who have reached their elderhood often find themselves faced with the second
to the last stage of Eric Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development —
Generativity vs Stagnation which leads (if one lives long enough) to the final stage —
Ego Integrity vs. Despair.
Like so many of my cohorts, generativity and integrity are my choices.
Looking back upon my 74 years of experience, I find the last 60 years have treated
me well. I am one of the fortunate ones - a woman with a professional career, an amazing
family of three successful adult children, a grandmother of a wise, adventurous, and
compassionate grandson, about to be the grandmother of a princess.
I have no financial woes. My health is resilient. My mind forgets nouns and verbs on
a regular basis, confusing not only me but those with whom I attempt to hold a conversation,
but my problem solving skills still seem to be operating moderately well.
I have a partner in life who is adept, wise, compassionate, intelligent, and strong. Sharing
with those who come after me about how this scenario came to pass seems a responsibility
I gladly take on.
And so to encourage others who are in similar positions to share their stories, I offer
information via these two articles that are available on today's New York Times.