As I Age

I was born on May 5, 1945, just three days before VE day, honoring the end of World War II in Europe. I was a child in the 1950’s Leave It to Beaver era, which ended abruptly for me when my father died in 1959. I was a young adult when bland President Eisenhower gave way to charismatic Jack Kennedy, and I was swept up in the rise of the civil rights movement, women’s liberation, and the culture of drugs and free love. I joined the Peace Corps in 1967, and went to rural Panama. Back in the States I married, had two children, became an educator and then a financial executive, partnered with my husband in launching a business, wrote a book, rode a bike from Argentina into Chile over the Andes Mountains. Widowed in 2002 and retired in 2010, I left the east coast for the Pacific northwest. I live there now, close to my adult kids and grandkids.


My life has spanned a tumultuous and significant era.


I turned 71 in May of 2016, which seems personally significant. I’m happy to be 71, especially contrasted with the premature deaths of an infant sister, my father, and my husband. I’m bemused by having to think like a 71 year old, as in how I respond to my health care plan who wants to send a visiting nurse to my home to be sure I’m not going to slip on loose rugs, that I’m eating regularly, and that I’m not socially isolated. I am, in their demographic, elderly.


“Bemused”, for me, translates into stories. I intend in this section to share stories of my own aging, as honestly as I can. I won’t write every day as I do in the blog, and not even every week or month. I don’t expect to notice signs of aging so rapidly. I will write when I experience something that seems to me triggered by my advancing age. As with all sections on this site, your comments are welcome, and if you write something to me I will respond.




#1: How Many More New Cars?


10 thoughts on “As I Age

  1. Mrs Klainer, I happened to find your blog while looking for things about Seattle. My daughter just arrived there to study half a year at the UW from Turkey and I was just surfing idly on the net, curiousity,you know . What drew my attention most is that whatever you wrote is very instructive in terms of word choice, phrasals and idioms. I read each page and realize I learn something new. No one, I’m sure, has made such a comment about your blog, right? 🙂 I’m your keen follower from now on. I’ve kept telling my students (I’m a teacher of English, ex Air Force ) how effective reading is to master a language. My case is a solid example to that. I keep notetaking after reading your blog… Interestingly helpful… 🙂 Keep writing. Regards; Ret.Col.TuAF H.Vedat GİRGİN

  2. for my new blog follower, H.Vedat Girgin: thank you for the kind words, and I am honored to have you as part of this reading/writing community. You are correct that you focus most intently on my use of language. As a writer, I like that. I hope your daughter is enjoying her experience at UW. Our Seattle community is enriched by wonderful young people from around the world, and we are very happy to have her living and studying among us.

  3. I’m a native speaker and have lived in Seattle 14 years, now living in eastern WA. I too enjoy the richly varied writing of Pam Klainer and rarely miss an installment! What a delightful interchange here. Glad to witness it.

  4. for Elizabeth: Thank you too for the kind and affirming words, and for being a loyal part of the reading/writing community. It means a lot.

  5. I rec’d your money book as a gift-read/loved! I’s been on my shelf; just happened on it and thought to look you up as I’m now writing my own book. DELIGHTED AND THRILLED to find this blog as my book is titled: Middle Aged Hot Momma, It’s My Turn Now, finding a self-fulfilled & purposeful second half to create the legacy you want to leave behind. You’re a Middle Aged Hot Momma. a wonderful role model for other women, thank you for that!

  6. I am a long time follower of Pam’s blog. Indeed, it is interesting, instructive, and a catalyst for discussion on all types of issues. I very much enjoy the intellectual discussion on all kinds of subjects, particularly politics.

    Regarding aging, it’s very individual. I’m 68 and work full time in a very demanding job running a hospital. We have patients that are younger that have dementia and populate our nursing home. All aging is not equal. It bothers me when people ask “aren’t you retired” or “isn’t Medicare your primary insurance.” Actually, I get insulted.

    Pam, you are ageless. The stereotypes of aging don’t apply equally and certainly don’t apply to you (or me either)!

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