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At the end of 1997, my wife Beverly and myself moved into Del Webb's first Northern California retirement community, Sun City Roseville, just outside of Sacramento. About two years later I was interviewed by someone from the Sun Senior News, a paper mailed to Sun City residents at the start of each month, because I'd started a New Yorkers club. When the interviewer found out I was a freelance writer for the Neighbors section of the Sacramento Bee she suggested I write something for the Sun Senior News. I wrote a piece called qObservations after Two Years in Sun City, q which was printed, then a few more qObservations, q then it became a monthly feature and is still going on. This book is a collection of ten years of qObservations, q from 2000 through 2009. As I put it together, I saw that I had gone from columns that were mainly about Sun City to columns on what was going on in the outside world. qObservations' allowed me to express my opinions on a number of matters. I enjoyed doing them, and hope readers will enjoy reading them. Martin Green is a retiree/free-lance writer living in Roseville, California. Starting in 1991, he started writing articles and for a time was a columnist for a weekly alternative newspaper in Sacramento, the Suttertown News. In the same year, he began free-lancing for the Neighbors section of the Sacramento Bee, contributing over 100 articles until Neighbors was discontinued. Since 2000, he's been writing for a monthly newspaper, the Sun Senior News, which goes to over 10, 000 households in two retirement communities, Sun City Roseville (where he lives) and Sun City Lincoln Hills. He contributes two features each month, one called qObservationsq and the other called qFavorite Restaurants.q In addition to his journalistic writing, Martin has had over 200 short stories published in online magazines, plus a few literary and qseniorq publications. He has so far self-published three collections of these short stories (2006, 2007 and 2008) and has also self-published a longer work, qOne Year in Retirementq (2009). Martin has been married to Beverly (a water-color artist) for 45 years, has three sons (David, Michael and Christopher), three grandsons (Logan, Mason and Morgan), one granddaughter (Stephanie) and two cats, (Bun-Bun and Shandyman).Coming up: books we read as kids (anyone remember John R. Tunis and Paul Gallico?) ... this a€œObservationsa€ is especially pertinent today, when it seems that traditional books may be on the way out, to be replaced by devices such as Kindle. I hope this never happens. (Note: Applea#39;s iPad is about to come out). In last montha#39;s Sun Senior News, I said Ia#39;d be writing about books we read when we were kids.

Author:Martin Green
Publisher:iUniverse - 2010-06-02


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