If I Had My Life to Live Over

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This companion volume to the award-winning anthology, When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, illuminates the experiences of women, young and old, reflecting on the choices they have made. In these stories and poems we see how women

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Embraced by readers worldwide, this popular companion volume to WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE illuminates the experiences of women, young and old, reflecting on the choices they have made. Whether exploring significant public events or small private moments, these word portraits resonate with authenticity and meaning. "Reading it is like spending a quiet afternoon, sitting on the deck, watching the sunset, drinking a cup of tea with honey." (Nebo)

A favorite gift book, a popular reading group choice, and a classic bestseller that "touches on every aspect of women moving on in life" (Small Press Review), IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER I WOULD PICK MORE DAISIES is about choices-choosing the safe path or daring to step out of one's comfort zone.

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At some time almost everyone has reflected on life's crossroads and wondered what he outcome would have been had we chosen different paths. Especially when viewed from our later years, we often feel a sense of having sacrificed some of the quality of life in order to achieve material goals or in some other way meet public expectations.

It is in that horizon of our imagination-where the unlimited possibilities of "what might have been" form a background against which our understanding of "what is" emerges-that we find the universal appeal of this anthology and its title piece, "If I Had My Life to Live Over."

With poems, stories, and photographs chosen from more than 3,000 manuscripts received over a two-year period, If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies moves from childhood to adulthood through old age, reminding us that our options are both limited and extended by personal belief systems, ethnic and cultural identity, class and economic status, age, and gender.

Our choices are seldom simple or straightforward, right or wrong, yes or no. They are more often complex and conflictive and intertwined with the decisions made by others. And while the larger, more public choices such as education or career paths or political activism may have the more obvious impact on our lives, it is often those small private moments of decision, known only to ourselves, that live vividly in our memories. It is this latter group of choices that constitutes the core of this collection. My hope is that this book will touch the hearts of readers as it has touched mine.

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