A collection of essays by twenty-one authors who are emerging from the chrysalis they built for their younger selves and transforming into the women they are meant to be. They are not all elders, but all have embraced the second half of their lives with a generative spirit.
Foreword / by Anne Lamott Acknowledgements Introduction / Susan Cushman, Editor I. Blooming through surrender Beyond this point there be dragons / Suzanne Henley Sweet hereafter / Mary Karr II. Blooming after loss Pushing up the sun / Kathy Rhodes Chapter 21 / Jessica Handler, from Invisible Sisters My brother's keeper / Julie Cantrell Widow Wessman / NancyKay Sullivan Wessman Root / River Jordan III. Blooming in place Couple bad nights in Brindisi / Nina Gaby When dusk fell an hour earlier / Beth Ann Fennelly Syringa vulgaris / Alexis Paige Abuse: a survivor's message for the Vatican / Kim Michele Richardson IV. Blooming again ... and again Woman on a half shell / Wendy Reed Walker / Ellen Morris Prewitt Second chance at empyt-nesting / Susan Marquez Triskele / Sally Palmer Thomason Dharma slut / Jennifer Bradner V. Blooming in careers and communities Something has to die / Cassandra King My eudaimonia / Emma French Connolly Second half / Jennifer Horne Liturgy / Natasha Trethewey, from Beyond Katrina Contributors Permissions.