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Glimpses

On this page, Love of Aging is curating a collection of mini-profiles of some of the most interesting and inspiring role models we can find–people whose vibrancy and enthusiasm for life is only increasing as they age. We created a set of questions (a la Marcel Proust) designed to provide you with a glimpse into their hearts, minds, and lives.

Enjoy! And be on the lookout as we add new Glimpses to our collection.

Selma Harwell has been led to develop her intuitive gifts since childhood. An artist herself, she has been married to her artist husband for 49 years and counting. Selma realized her childhood dream of being a mother by age 23, then began self-studies in midwifery, fulfilling on her dream...

Born and educated in New Zealand, Grant and his wife began their married life with what they thought would be a two year adventure living in Melbourne, Australia. Eleven years later they left Australia and moved to Cupertino, CA with their two daughers.

Born and educated on the East Coast, Leslie served as Assistant Director of Branches for the Los Angeles Public Library. She looooves to read almost anything - although she’s just beginning to enjoy poetry – and she participates in five book clubs. 

Denise loves adventures, belly laughing, and having FUN! She’s lived in five states and two foreign countries, which proves she loves to travel and make new friends. Her Bucket List and Vision Board are her guiding forces.

Dan grew up in a small town in Nevada, went to college in San Diego, and never left California. Along the way he had careers in the performing arts, food service, and teaching and administering for the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education. 

Carol is passionate about making a difference and contributing to others. She loves life, especially now - at age 74. For over 51 years, Carol has worked as a Registered Nurse, and she currently works “virtually”. 

Gail was born and raised in Canada and is deeply committed to her own growth and development. She had a successful legal career, and has also worked both as a radio host and in Corporate Relations for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee during the 1984 Olympic Games.

Bonnie Pelnar Dietz is an artist, designer, teacher, and dive travel agent. She left her successful corporate career 25 years ago to start her company “Under Watercolours” and today teaches underwater photography at exotic tropical destinations around the world.

After completing 40 years as a creative director and educator in advertising, Julian Ryder founded The Right Brain Project—a creativity education and training firm helping leaders build creative cultures within their organizations. 

Before retirement, Sandy Owen was computer engineer by day, but best known as a recording artist, playing his own compositions on piano. He released a dozen albums in the 70's, 80's and 90's and was played regularly on radio and TV.

Durga McBroom is a singer/songwriter/actress, best known for her work with Pink Floyd and her band Blue Pearl. She travels the world performing and spreading joy.

Doug Young spent 35 years designing and building spacecraft and aircraft. He lived half his life in New England and half in Los Angeles. He remains very active–playing tennis, cycling, skiing, and completing triathlons.

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