Obviously, I am well qualified to be writing as an octogenarian having lived for 85 years. I have lived on a farm without running water, electricity or plumbing and I have watched a launch to the moon. How astounding! My marriage to my high school sweetheart lasted for 58 years until his death. I am the mother of four successful children, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of two. I’ve experienced several careers in government and the corporate world until at age 63 when I became a photo-journalist and progressed to a novelist and lecturer. I’ve produced three award winning books. During most of my adult life, I have been a community activist and volunteer. I’ve lived in several of these United States and visited all 50 states, as well as a few foreign countries. I am rich in life’s experiences and comfortable in my old age.