Toward the end of her 40-year career as a creator of science museums, Sheila Grinell began a “second act” as a novelist. Her debut, Appetite, appeared in 2016, and her second novel, The Contract, in 2019. She writes a monthly newsletter and engages with readers on social media.

Latest Posts By Sheila Grinell

3 years ago

How We Take Extra Care for Dogs – and Each Other – in My CCRC

Before the recent restrictions on socializing, every night after dinner in my community’s main building, an older gentleman sat in a wing chair opposite the central elevator, holding a bag of dog treats…

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3 years ago

Second Thoughts About Not Cooking – a Tale from Our Continuing Care Retirement Community

One reason I’d wanted to move into my continuing care retirement community was to stop cooking dinner. I’d grown tired of planning meals, dashing to the supermarket for missing ingredients…

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3 years ago

What the 90-Year-olds Taught Me

One evening after we’d been living at The Terraces for a few weeks, my husband looked around the dining room and said, “These people are all old. How do you feel about it?”

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3 years ago

I’m Not Ready – But We’re Moving to a CCRC

We entered the lobby – armchairs upholstered in mid-century colors; a painting of a rearing white horse; a row of walkers parked along a wall; a foursome of bent…

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