Portrait of Marci Crestani

About Marci Slade Crestani

The prevailing thinking these days on the subject of aging is that we’re not getting older – we’re getting better! One of the things that I am getting better at is facing unpleasant facts. And the fact is, from a mathematical standpoint, I am past the halfway mark to being six feet under. As a matter of fact, I’ve been past the halfway mark for quite some time already.

This is not devastating news! It’s incredibly motivating to someone like me who works best under pressure, making me focus on what it is I really want to accomplish. And it’s more fun than sitting around thinking about how much better I am getting every year.

Many, many years ago I used to be a lifestyle columnist — first for the Los Angeles Daily News and then the Los Angeles Times. Both were written under my maiden name of Marci Slade. After a long stretch as a freelancer, I realized that my favorite form is the essay. As the market for paid essays dwindled – thank you, internet – it dawned on me that I could write a book. I knew exactly what I wanted to write about: life after fifty. Hence this book. I hope you recognize yourself or someone you know in these tales and observations.

Finally, the only personal detail you really need to know about me is that I was born and raised in Chicago and moved to California in 1976 after graduating from Western Illinois University. My family and friends in Chicago think I’m more Californian than Midwestern, and everyone in California thinks the reverse. Wish I could draw a witty conclusion here, but……….I can’t.