When I was 40 I created the cartoon character Sylvia. She was going to hack her way through the jungle of aging. She would always be ten years older than I. When I began to age, I found that I was unable to visit those telltale signs of aging on Sylvia. I had bags under my eyes, lines and wrinkles. Syl was a smoker, she should have those ugly little lines around her mouth...but I couldn't do it! She was a firm and unmarked as the day she was created...sometimes she even got slimmer.
Meanwhile I was writing essays about aging, which absolutely no one wanted to hear about. Publishers seemed to send the manuscript back before it even got to their desk. Then a miracle happened, the baby boomers began to age: Dolly Parton, Bill Clinton. And whatever happens to the baby boomers happens to all of us. My book, Tales of Graceful Aging...from the Planet Denial was published.