About the Author & Book
Meet Barb Warner
I have a bachelors degree in education from Michigan State University, masters degree from Antioch University and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Denver. I served in the Peace Corps in Turkey for three years in the 1960s.
My most recent experience in the corporate world was as director of volunteers services with an organization serving elders in Denver. That's when I began to truly appreciate the treasures, that older folks had which were usually not recognized by anyone, especially themselves.
At that time I began writing monthly articles for Prime Time for Seniors and 50 Plus Marketplace News and was a contributor to Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women- Volume II.
Then one day it happened! I could not use the third person any more when describing elders. I was becoming one. The letter below describes that process.
Since writing Keep Your Fork I have enjoyed speaking with groups throughout the Denver area and am currently facilitating a Wisdom Circle at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood Colorado via Zoom.
Hi Fellow Travelers,
When I retired several years ago, I realized that I didn’t know where to go or what to do next. I had known what to do at other junctions in my life. There was school, college, marriage, motherhood and career. That was all pretty structured.
I knew that different people did many different things when they retired but there were no directions or signposts that felt meaningful to me.
It usually meant slowing down but I was healthy. The societal wisdom was that I had done everything in life that was meaningful and it was time to “wrap it up”. However, it felt like a wasted life unless I understood the perspective and wisdom that I had gathered and why my life had been important.
I was at once excited and terrified. That understanding needed to come from inside me rather than any outside source. Self-help books had always been good guides for me. But now this was a story that had to come from deep within myself.
After some thought, I realized that perhaps I could share this experience with others by writing and giving talks. While each of our stories are unique, together we can share the insights and experiences that we are having and a write a new personal biography using a new paradigm for living the second half of life with enthusiasm and meaning.
KEEP YOUR FORK – Dessert is on the Way; Savoring the Second Half of Life
It is time to question every thought that you hold about getting older. I will help you recognize some thoughts that you have perhaps never questioned: “to be old is to be sick”, “memory loss is a given” “the illnesses of our parents will be our illnesses as well", etc.
New research is showing that our thoughts and beliefs play a far larger role in our life story than we have ever thought.
It is time to for us to realize that we have more control over our lives than we ever thought possible.
Our thoughts and beliefs are key to what kind of events we can create in the second half of life. Each one of us was created for a purpose. And discovering that purpose is the journey of a life time.