WOMEN'S SHOW - JOAN ANDERSON,

04/24/04

Mary talks with Joan Anderson, "A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from an Unconventional Woman."

Shortly after arriving on Cape Cod to spend a year by herself, Joan Anderson's chance encounter with a wise, playful, and astonishing woman helped her usher in the transformations and self-discoveries that led to her ongoing renewal. First glimpsed as a slender figure on a fogged-in beach, Joan Erikson was not only a friend and confidante when one was most needed, but also a guide as Anderson stretched and grew into her unfinished self. Joan Erikson was perhaps best known for her collaboration with her husband, Erik, a pioneering psychoanalyst and noted author. After Erik's death, she wrote several books extending their theory of the stages of life to reflect her understanding of aging as she neared ninety-five. In writing about their extraordinary friendship, Anderson reveals a need she didn't know she had: for a mentor to help navigate the transitions she faced as she grew beyond middle age. And when Joan Erikson had to face her husband's death and the growing limitations of her own body, Anderson was able to give back some of the wisdom she had gleaned. T A Walk on the Beach is an experience to savor and treasure, a glimpse of the exuberant spirit that can be sustained and passed on in all our friendships.

Joan will gie a free workshop :Nine Life Lines for Living" Wednesday, April 28, 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. FMI 941-308-7325. A book signing will follow the event at Sarasota News & Books.


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