“Passage into Elderhood—Happy 60th Birthday,” by Janet Grace Riehl
Womens Memoirs published my story "Passage into Elderhood: Happy 60th birthday" on my 2011 birthday December 29th exactly two years after I celebrated my 60th birthday by returning to Ghana.
Long ago a Ghanaian friend asked me, "Janet, what kind of old woman do you want to be?" This story is the answer to his question: the kind of old woman I am becoming.
Here's my prize-wining essay on Womens Memoirs. "Passage into Elderhood" Just in time for my birthday.
Here's a note of thanks to Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler of Womens Memoirs:
Dear Kendra & Matilda,
As usual you’ve found an inventive way to honor our circle of sister memoir writers through your contest. I’m honored to tie with Heather Cariou for the First Place, Grand Prize Award. Oooooh. Love the designation.
To publish the piece on my birthday is a special treat, and a gorgeous way to start my day. As one of the legion of holiday babies it’s always wonderful to be acknowledged on the actual date of our birthdays.
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