Friday, October 15, 2010

Essays for Elders

Janet Riehl has a message for our readers today. Having a grandmother who just turned 94, I love elderly folks. This seems like something we writers with seniors in our lives would enjoy participating in. I’ll let Janet explain the award.

In 2009 you helped me with the blog tour for my audio book "Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry & Music." I have a favor to ask.

Would you help in getting the word out on your blog on an award dedicated to my father, Erwin A. Thompson, who turns 95 this November 9th?

My birthday present to him is to establish an annual Second Mile Award. The holder of the 2010 award receives a $500 honorarium, a certificate designed by my niece, and publication on Riehlife of the nomination essay.

The deadline for nomination essays is November 9, 2010--my father's birthday. He'll join me in reading the essays to determine the holder of the 2010 Second Mile Award.

The Second Mile Award honors Elders 75 years and older whose dignity, character, creativity, and connection to community have quietly contributed to the world around them.

My father based his life on the parable of the Good Samaritan: Matthew 5:41: “And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him, go twain."

To find out how to nominate an Elder, learn more about the award, the meaning of the Second Mile, and my father's life go to this link:

What better way to voice the Village Wisdom for the 21st Century that Riehl Life is dedicated to?

I'm grateful for anything you're able to do to let folks know about the The Second Mile Award and how to nominate an Elder.

All the best,

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