Ann Richardson’s new book, The Granny Who Stands on Her Head, comprises a series of reflections on growing older and is partly a memoir. Her three other books explore other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions in their own words. Ann lives with her husband in London, England. Please visit her website: http://annrichardson.co.uk.

Latest Posts By Ann Richardson

2 days ago

My Thoughts on Career Regret

Three weeks or so ago, I had that old familiar bitter-sweet pang of regret. Not really serious – and it never lasts very long. Nor does it happen often. Perhaps once every six or eight years. It’s not exactly real pain. Just a sense of melancholy. A thought of what…

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2 weeks ago

The Loss of Friends Is Inevitable but It Hurts No Less

I like being old. At nearly 80, I think I am allowed to say so. Indeed, I like being old so much that I wrote a book about it. But that doesn’t mean that everything about being old is wonderful. Far from it. And one of the things I like least is the loss of friends…

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3 weeks ago

Is Ambition a Good or Bad Thing After 60?

Something made me think about ambition recently. Did I feel it was a good or bad thing in people, especially my friends? The answer is complicated. On initial thinking, I tended to feel that ambition, when not taken to extremes, is a good thing…

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4 weeks ago

Getting It Wrong: A Brush with an Unknown Movie Star

“Everyone makes mistakes – and so do I,” sang the wonderful Big Bird in Sesame Street all those years ago. I still remember the tune of that song. And the message is great. I was brought up to feel I shouldn’t make mistakes, I shouldn’t get things wrong…

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1 month ago

Would We Like to be Young Again?

I want to start with a large thank you to the readers of Sixty and Me who, albeit unknowingly, helped hugely with the book I recently published, The Granny Who Stands on Her Head. My book is about liking being old, which I do, but I posted an article…

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2 months ago

Does Luck Count Into Life’s Equation?

Children are very quick to point out all the unfairness in life. Their friend got a better computer for Christmas. Another friend’s mother lets him stay up late. Another friend never has to practise her violin. It goes on and on. Sometimes, it is just where are in life…

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2 months ago

Fun Hobbies for Older Women: The Joy of Singing at Any Age

Do you sing? No, I don’t mean, are you an opera singer, because there are precious few of those. I just mean do you like to sing, for instance, in the shower or in the bath? Or perhaps to yourself as you potter around the house. It is a joyous activity…

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2 months ago

Are You Ready to Be a Great-Grandma? Thinking About the Long-term Future

Not long ago, my six-year old grandson took me aback. “Granny,” he asked innocently enough. “Would you do me a favour?” I assumed he wanted another biscuit (cookie) or to watch some more television. “Granny,” he continued…

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2 months ago

Am I Old or Older – or A Rose by Any Other Name?

I was recently talking to some friends about the fact that I was writing a book about being in our later years, which I have just published. I may have used the word “old.” One woman immediately alerted me to be careful never to use the word…

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3 months ago

My Personal Experience with Yoga for Older Adults

When my older grandson, now in his teens, was a toddler, he loved to watch me stand on my head, which I had been doing for years in yoga. He tried to copy me, with little success, but I discouraged him in any case as I was told that standing on your head…

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