Several months after retiring from a career in public education, I managed to climb out of my recliner and take a memoir class. In it, I wrote stories drawn from my life and read them to my classmates, who always laughed in the right places and never looked dismayed.
Encouraged, I entered a local cowboy poetry contest, took first place against five competitors, blew my $20.00 prize money at Mather’s Bar, and haven’t quit writing since.
A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns: Musings, Memoirs, and Observations is a collection of unpublished material and human-interest columns written for the Denver Post and the Craig Daily Press. All are drawn from the seventy years I lived in Utah, Nevada, and Colorado.
In it, you’ll meet mostly good people with quirks: six siblings who matured in unpredictable patterns, Aunt Beulah of girth and grace, a ninth-grade student filled with forgiveness, and my husband, who leaves tools and clothes in full view—so he won’t forget he has them—but hides his potato chips.
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After I started reading, “A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns,” I couldn’t put it down. I read while supper cooked, while waiting for students to arrive, and while filling the livestock water tank. I even took the book with me when we helped my brother gather cows one day. I read the book in a short time — then I wanted more. Sheridan writes about her family, childhood, and teaching days. She has thoughts about retirement, her advancing years, pills, hearing aides—even spring cleaning. This is an absolutely delightful book!
Excerpted from a review by Diane Prather for the Craig Daily Press, Nov. 13, 2013
I absolutely loved this book! A Seasoned Life is more than the author’s reflections on her life lived in small towns. It is a gentle, funny, encouraging guidebook on aging. This is a book of life, love, and loss that will remain with you long after closing the cover for the last time.
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