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Naomi Beth Wakan

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The author Naomi Beth Wakan discusses her new book, A Roller-Coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging (Poplar Press, 2012), a collection of essays, with Joseph Planta.

A Roller-Coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging by Naomi Beth Wakan. (Poplar Press, 2012)

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

The prolific author Naomi Beth Wakan joins me now. She’s just published a highly readable, charming book A Roller-Coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging. It is a collection of essays written with Ms. Wakan’s thoughtful style, looking at her own concerns about growing older, as well as tips on how to do it gracefully. She joins me to talk about the book, her observations on being a woman of a certain age. Having past her eightieth birthday, she’s gained some knowledge, some expertise, and she shares that in this book. People growing older whether they’re in their eighties or just hitting their thirties can gain much from this book. Roller coasters might not be for everyone; then again growing older isn’t for sissies as Bette Davis once said. Naomi Beth Wakan has written over thirty books. Her essays, haiku and tanka have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and have been broadcast on the CBC. Among her previous books include one that I liked a great deal, Book Ends: A Year Between the Covers. The website for more is at www.naomiwakan.com. She joins me from her home on Gabriola Island. This book is published by Poplar Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Naomi Wakan; Ms. Wakan, good morning.