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October 22, 2009
Am I too hung up on age? I glance at the NaNoWriMo forum for 50-plus; the intro calls us "geezers" who talk about "young people nowadays." I'm not a geezer: dictionary definition is "an old person, especially an eccentric old man"; if you look at the derivation, it gets worse: "a queer character, an strangely-acting person." No thank you. I don't badmouth young people; one of my favorite people is my 18-year-old son. My role-model is J, 92, deaf-blind, still teaching poetry, still on advocacy boards, always the sharpest person in the room--she avoids giving her age whenever possible.