Perennial Women

Many years ago, a friend who was writing a book on “late bloomers” approached me about being interviewed and included. I granted her the interview although I knew I was not a late bloomer; I had been blooming all my life and was continuing to bloom well into my later decades. I decided I was a “perennial.”

That was the impetus for my research and for this new blog. I knew I was not the only woman who continued to bloom in later years with no end in sight. I will concentrate on interviews, conversations, emails, texts, quotes, and more from women who redefine the conventional archetype of middle/later adulthood. It will demonstrate that what was once considered the “washed up” years actually can be a rebirth of opportunity, creativity, and the ideal time for self-actualization.

This blog will contain the process of research beginning on my sabbatical from Hawai`i Community College-Pālamanui in Kailua-Kona, HI during the fall semester of 2018. I will return to my teaching position as Associate Professor in spring of 2019.

ALOHA! I have been granted sabbatical for the fall semester 2018 for qualitative research on the following topic: active older women.

At eighty-three years of age, I am in my third career as an Associate Professor of Social Science teaching Women’s Studies, Gerontology, and Psychology courses. This summer, I am making an extended road trip on the mainland USA to interview other women who continue to be involved with a career, or who do a lot of traveling, or who are writing, or who are athletes, or who are engaged in actively living life somehow. I will not be able to reach everyone, of course, but it seems almost everyone knows at least one woman who fits that profile as well.

Please check the page in this blog for recently updated “Writing Prompts” to find out the sort of information I seek. I would love for you and/or your friends to respond. The more responses I get, the better results my research will provide. NOTE: These questions are NOT to be answered in their entirety, but to help trigger some memories or thoughts about your life.

This blog will contain the process of research beginning on my sabbatical from Hawai`i Community College-Pālamanui in Kailua-Kona, HI during the fall semester of 2018. I will return to my teaching position as Associate Professor in spring of 2019.

If you want to view my “old” blog, please visit http://lavalily.com, which celebrated ten years the end of May, 2018.

A hui hou and Mahalo!

Lucy