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Dr. Marshack's essay appears in Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty, published by Ronnie Sellers Productions, ISBN 1-56906-967-0
Publishing Date: September 18, 2006
One reader's appreciative comment:
"I just read your essay 'Go directly to jail' and the last few lines of it are very profound. I appreciate how you summarized your experience and ended it; '…to become The Teacher.' I’ll be selfish and say 'your essay' should be the very first one in the book. However, its current location or placement works, and I’m glad I started reading the book!!!" - D. G.
A message from Kathy MarshackThis book of essays has captured the imaginations of those Baby Boomers out there who are rounding the bend into their sixties, Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty. I am very honored to be asked to contribute one of the essays especially since the proceeds of the book go to support cancer research.
See the link at the bottom of the page for my essay, “Go Directly To Jail.” I know it seems odd, but this is the topic that floated into my mind when I pondered what to write. And it seems just perfect because the lessons for me from my trip to jail have made a huge difference for me.
Not everyone will agree with me that going to jail has made me a better person, or more enlightened, or even more humble. Some have even used this little mishap to attempt to shame and humiliate me. That’s too bad. Each of us has our own path to take. We can’t really judge what each Soul needs to grow. It’s so idiosyncratic.
No one should celebrate their sixtieth birthday without, at least once, being arrested and thrown in the tank with the local riff raff. As a Boomer you may have experienced this phenomenon, especially if you were one of the more outspoken of our generation regarding the politics of the Vietnam War, or if in youthful exuberance you partied a bit too much one evening. However, jail takes on a whole new meaning when you are arrested at age 54 as I was a few years ago! And though I wouldn’t have believed it at the time, I learned a few valuable lessons I might never have learned otherwise.
Read a preview of Kathy Marshack's essay from Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty - Go Directly to Jail (PDF, 88Kb)
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|Click here to learn about Dr. Marshack's meeting with President Clinton where he graciously accepted this book for his wife Hillary's sixtieth birthday!|
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, who turns 60 on Saturday, hates being so old -- and it's no consolation that 60 is being touted as the new 40 as the first of the baby boomer generation hit the big 6-0 this year....In a book being released next month, "Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty," a group of doctors, comedians, entrepreneurs and authors offer tips for turning 60. They from taking up meditation and running a marathon to being a grouch. ( More > )
Bill Clinton's birthday is Saturday. He'll be 60. He follows President Bush, who strolled into his seventh decade July 6. He even wore a Hawaiian shirt to his birthday bash at the White House. And why not? By 60, you should be able to wear whatever you want. Even if you're president of the United States....A new book, Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty, comes out next month and includes 60 essays offering advice to the newly 60. The writers range from Gloria Steinem to Garrison Keillor. ( More > )
As with the earlier book, RSP asked well-known writers—in this case Garrison Keillor, Cynthia Thayer and Nicholas Perricone, M.D.—to donate essays. Royalties from both books are earmarked for organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer. In its first nine months, Fifty Things, which is about to go into a fifth printing, has sold 40,000 copies. ( More > )
Copley News Service
[Garrison] Keillor's is but one of 60 essays by 60 experts writing about their various fields for the first wave of baby boomers who reach that milestone this year. Each is short, lively, readable and geared toward making the next decade rewarding and fulfilling. Advice ranges from learning yoga and meditation, starting a business and becoming a parent to budgeting for retirement, making a will and spending time with grandchildren. ( More > )