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Lois and Marianna at the International Christian Retail Show, Atlanta, 7/11

Today, I’m all about being an older woman who wears purple, albeit with no red hat on my head, and who is thankful for my long-term friendship with Marianna, a person with whom I’ve walked many miles of fun and silliness and tanked in hard-to-fathom-at-the-time sorrows.

So for today’s Caring Lessons blog tour, when I read the host’s theme of older women and her pieces on nostalgia, I wrote a guest post on my friendship with Marianna and called it “Hot Fudge Friends.” Read it here.

The blog host today is Becky Povich. She says she didn’t start writing until she was almost fifty. You’d never know. She has oodles of upbeat stuff on her blog that will lighten your day. Take note of her list of publications on the sidebar. And, while you read, listen to your old favorites (on the sidebar-Music from the 1940s – 2011).  Remember Mr. Sandman? Moon River? Runaround Sue? Or better yet, The Twist? U-m-m-m. Love those sounds and memories.

Becky also has giveaways of Caring Lessons, both today and next Wednesday when she’ll post her review of my book. Just make a comment to be eligible.

Plus, plan ahead. National Nurses Week is just around the corner, May 6-12. It’s gift time! Also, May is Mental Health Month; mental health is a thread throughout Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self. Buy a copy of Caring Lessons and help promote and support the profession of nursing. All proceeds go to nursing scholarships at Trinity Christian College.