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You're Never Too Old: Retiree Discovers Passion For Teaching Drama

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I am now working on a course which involves humor. Some of the plays I have used before are very funny, but I prefer not to repeat. This time I am working on what makes us smile, chuckle, laugh and/or grimace. Why do some of us find certain things funny and others do not? Choosing plays that read well is a challenge because many of the very funny ones have to be seen.

What have you discovered along the way?

Taking risks can lead to rewarding experiences. Drama was an interest of mine, not something I knew a lot about. I took a risk in offering the first course. Rewarded by a good response from that first class, I was spurred on to trying other ideas and have benefited personally and intellectually from my 'playful' efforts.

So it seems. Let's talk about your family for a moment. Who's in this photograph, Elaine?

Elaine, her four kids and grandson Jeremy, Fall, 2010

Jeremy,third from left, is the last of my eight (six girls, two boys) grandchildren to be Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

I have made a quilt for each of them as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah present. Each quilt is different and reflects input from them about how they want it made or something related to their lives.

Perhaps another way to conclude the interview would be: find things to do when you retire, especially ones that are new to you. It's refreshing to go off in new directions (although the quilts are not new, each one of them challenged me to creative something unique to that child).

You're an inspiration, Elaine, and a wonderful teacher. Thanks so much for talking with me. It's been fun.


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