Crone #8
Friends & Companions
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Crone #8 - Friends & Companions

In this issue of Crone, the many writers, artists, poets, photographers that make up our community of eldering women share their experiences of friendship.

In our lead story, “Supporting Sunny” Marian Karpisek describes the work of five San Diego crones in supporting their dear friend who is undergoing the heartbreaking changes of experiencing Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Sound depressing? Definitely. But you’ll be amazed at the warmth and beauty of this story of extraordinary friendship.

Less fraught, but equally moving is Cherise Wyneken tale of a half-century of connection with her best friend in “My Friendship with Charlotte.” 90-year-old writer Dodie Meeks is up next, describing the scintillating group of Houston-area women who gather for lunch in “First Friday Friendships.”

Not all companions are human, however. Susan Harper introduces us to her animal teacher in “My Bunnysatva,” while Lee Pelham Cotton explores the quirky world of collectibles in “Who Loves Foo?”

Our departments are full of inspiration, too: Crone Adventure takes us to discoveries in Turkey in “My Anatolian Adventure;” two friends ignite their creative visions in “Adventures of the Crafty Crones,” and a post-menopausal women rejoices in being “Free at Last.” A daughter salutes her recently-passed veteran father in “His Greatest Battle,” a crone group dedicated to poetry shares their gifts, and a group of Santa Fe women put forth their vision of the change we need.

Our ten (!) columnists add their stories of friendships past, present, and future to the tapestry. Woven throughout this issue are a selection of poems both poignant and wise, letters from our readers, and the reflections of readers on books they have enjoyed bring this issue to a satisfying close.

May these stories of friendship bring the warmth of the fire to your hearth, too. Be Blessed!

Crone #8 (a 128-page, advertising free, perfect-bound premium book) first published in September 2015.


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