In keeping with the mission of 50plus LIFE—To serve the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community—we are taking this opportunity to showcase the writing abilities of our boomer and senior community. OLP Events asked readers to let us know about the biggest challenge they had to navigate through, and how they come through it. Did it change the course of their life? Some just had a funny story to tell. Others liked the rhythm of words and submitted a poem.

Please enjoy the stories and poems submitted by your fellow boomers and seniors.



I Would Share My Whole Life with You
By Linda Amos, York

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Kitchen for Sale
by Eta Glassman, Bryn Mawr

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The Missing Bracelet
by Kim Pritchard, Red Lion

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Middle Management Meeting of the Minds by Karen Rowe

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The Case of the Disappearing Plants
by Joyce Lokitus, Selinsgrove

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The Great Escape
by Lori Mae Achterberg, Dallastown

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The Power of Love
by Robert A. Insalata, M.D., Coatesville

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Sometimes by Kay Black, York

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United We Stand
by Rebecca Duke, Lebanon

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Returning to School as an Adult by Marilyn Strayer, Hanover

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Inside Our Hearts
by Deb Garman, Schuylkill Haven

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Thanksgiving by Margie Yohn, Annville

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I Have to Be Strong
By Mulianawati Andokho, Philadelphia

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Megan and the Blue Sharpie
By Lida Bensinger, Narvon

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Middle Creek By Lovena Nickle, Harrisburg

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Your Presence By Venitia Crowelle, Harrisburg

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In Praise of Retirement Living
By Gail Steinmetz, Carlisle

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Weeping Morning Violet Glories
By Maxine Harmon, Harrisburg

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Unrequited Love Song
By John Potts, Wayne

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One-Way Train
By John Potts, Wayne

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She’s Crying, Again
By Lynn Blackston, Harrisburg

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Hunting by Charles Rabuck, Hummelstown

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The Mark of Zorro by Anne Pierre Spangler, Lebanon

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Maxton’s Ice House by Charles Rabuck, Hummelstown

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My Clothing Is Confused by Liz Cummings, Womelsdorf

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Preserving History through Photography by Jay Byerly, Coatesville

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We Have Won by Cecelia A. Aimino, Carlisle

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Cleaner/Caregiver by Jacqueline L. Jarmon, Steelton

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When I Lost You by Carmen M. Santana, Enola

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Volunteer Senryu by Barbara Jackle, New Cumberland

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My Biggest Challenge in 1995
By Jan Sklaroff, Chester Springs

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The Lady and the School
By Karen Adams, New Holland

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To the Anonymous Man …
by Barbara Jackle, New Cumberland

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Essay on Gratitude by Joy Page, Reading

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