About my book

PicofBookSeveral 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A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns: Musings, Memoirs, and Observations is a collection of unpublished material and human-interest columns written for the Denver Post and the Craig Daily Press.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.
Sue Beachman on Amazon.com


14 thoughts on “About my book

  1. Rob, thank you so much, though I wish you had ordered it from me so I could have inscribed it. Perhaps someday we’ll meet and I can do it then. It’s a quiet, gentle book, but I think you’ll like it.


  2. Your description in the previous comment is apt. It is “a quiet, gentle book” and I loved it. I finished reading it earlier in the week, and I will do a review eventually. You handle your words so beautifully, Janet, and I’m sure I will read about your seasoned life again.

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  3. I should be crafting … but I’ve sat here reading your blog, entranced. I love the sound of your book and from what others have said, I think you really should get working on another one.

    I shall be clicking to follow you as soon as I’ve finished tapping out this note for you. I feel I’ve been missing you in my life and I’m not prepared to miss you a moment longer. I’m following! lol

    Sending hugs to you in your corner, from me in mine. Thank you for being exactly who you are. ~ Cobs. x


    • This is one of the sweetest comments I’ve ever received, Cobs, and I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for following my blog; I’ll visit yours soon. I have the feeling that you are worthy of the same compliment you gave me: that you are, at all times and happily, exactly the person you are. I am thinking about another book, but probably like you and your crafts, I can’t decide what to give up in order to work on something new. With a return hug and an immense smile — Janet

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  4. Janet, I’ve just bought this – hope to receive it in about a week. I’m looking forward to reading it as I love your writing on your blog.
    I would have asked you for an autographed copy direct, but in the UK now we’re charged extra for post from overseas, first by customs and then by our mail service and at present I just can’t afford it.

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    • Would it work if I inscribed a bookplate or something similar and mailed it to you to put in your copy? I would love to do that for you. Please send me an email with your mailing address if you are interested. My email information is on my “Contact Me” page. I hope to hear from you.

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      • That would be lovely, Janet. I’ll do that a bit later. (Might be an idea before sending it, though, to wait til I receive the book, as our postal system leaves a lot to be desired!) Thanks.


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