After 20 years with Dix & Eaton, I had reached my Social Security retirement age. Accordingly, I retired at the end of 2007.
I had had a good life, and it occurred to me that I might live to be 100. So I decided to plan for the next chapters in my life. My bucket list included running a marathon by age 70. I ran the San Francisco Nike women’s marathon when I was 67, then set other marathon goals.
Eventually, I decided my 70s would be a community service phase of my life. So I ran for City Council, applied for Cleveland Heights to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community, and for the part of Cleveland Heights that I lived in to be designated an historic district. I succeeded in all of these activities, but in 2020 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
I am now in a new chapter of my life in my 80s.