Seven years after she retired from a lengthy career in banking, Yvonne Blackwood surprised her friends and family by returning to school at age sixty-four to pursue an English degree. Her purpose was fueled by four powerful reasons—to add texture to her writing; to ward off dementia; to enhance structure in her life; and to inspire her two young grandsons to continue their education after high school. But as she stepped onto the campus of Canada’s third-largest university, Blackwood had no idea of the hurdles she was about to face.
In a retelling of her journey into a new beginning, Blackwood details how, after enrolling in York University, she struggled to maintain her established lifestyle, attend class with hard-to-connect-with millennials, and face a series of challenges that included two strikes at the university, a campus lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shocking health diagnosis in her final year of studies. While leaning on the university’s motto—the way must be tried—Blackwood tells an inspiring story of how she persevered and learned to rely on her faith as she bravely conquered her fears and vulnerabilities to eventually achieve her goal.
College Life of a Retired Senior is the true story of a former bank manager’s experiences as she returned to college in the third act of life to earn a degree in English.
Meet Yvonne Blackwood
Yvonne Blackwood is the author of four adult non-fiction books, Into Africa: A Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? Into Africa: the Return, and College Life of a Retired Senior: A Memoir of Perseverance, Faith, and Finding the Way. She has also published three children’s picture books: Nosey Charlie Comes to Town, Nosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener. An award-winning short-story writer, Blackwood has contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and Wordscape. She has published articles in magazines including More of Our Canada, Adelaide, InTouch, and Green Prints and has written columns for the Toronto Star, Pride Newspaper, and The African Connection. Blackwood retired after a thirty-seven-year banking career.
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Lemon-aid is the self-help book for people who are curious about and courageous enough for a real life change when it comes to drinking sugar-loaded beverages and discovering solutions that are within reach.
This refreshingly odd (mostly) and tell-all true story is an account of how a frantically busy and (admittedly) overwhelmed couple learned to become better versions of themselves by changing their family’s relationship with recreational sugar.
It’s also a how-to guide for others who are looking to break up with sweetened beverages, beat a soda addiction, or otherwise turbo-boost a journey toward building better habits without turning their lives upside down—complete with stories, swear words, and side quests to help you get over your challenges of healthier hydration.
Ever feel like you drink way too much soda? We sure did, and we’ll help you…
• Confront your compromised routines and “sugar demons” that are bringing you down.
• Develop a more desirable mindset that’s required for genuine lasting change.
• Learn how to get real with yourself and build new systems of behavior that you won’t hate.
• Create and live a healthier lifestyle as you explore the waterful world of infusion.
When you’re through with Lemon-aid, you’ll have a clearer understanding of where you want to be and how to get there, along with some insights and practical recipes that we’ve tried and tested at home with our two “beverage buddies”.
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Adults who are looking for ways to reduce pain and swelling will find answers in this book. Physical therapy exercises help build strength and improve function so people can live a full, comfortable life. These strategies can reduce the need to access the healthcare system and keep people living independently.
Happiness is something that everyone desires, yet few know how to obtain. What constitutes true happiness has been a query that has captivated psychologists, philosophers and religious leaders for centuries. Many meaningful and insightful responses have been the outcome of the struggle to define and describe the elements that are essential to this universal pursuit. As a result, one thing has become clear. Happiness is not achieved by eliminating struggle.
When facing strong headwinds, you can soar to new heights. You can make good things happen in bad times. You can build a better life and a brighter future, regardless of what you are facing today. You can enhance relationships. You can become a more inspirational leader. And you can do it all by choosing hope. Those who have hope are happier, healthier, and more productive. And the best part is that hope can be yours.
Distilling decades of psychological research into simple language, Dr. Randy Ross provides practical wisdom to effectively face challenges, difficulties, and setbacks. Offering life-transforming truths, Dr. Ross untangles some of life’s toughest issues and shows how anyone can apply hope to make life better, improve relationships, and lead well.
Providing encouragement and practical principles for those who want to soar to new heights, these insights are both impactful and infectious. Whether you’re currently facing a crisis or looking to take your life and leadership to a higher level, this message will help you build a brighter tomorrow by embracing hope today. Hope is a dynamic motivational system tied to inspirational goal-setting.
How we choose to face and embrace the crises before us will determine our destiny. Face the future with hope. You don’t have to wait until life isn’t hard to make the choice to be happy!