Is it weird to google yourself?

I was honored when a dear friend recently bought 3 copies of To Move or To Stay Put to give as holiday presents. Thank you! I was even more pleased when she asked me to sign them. Thank you a hundred times, Roxanne!

This slender book mails for only $2.72 and is a nice gift for those adult children telling mom or dad, “You ought to move.” As I often point out, a major predictor of people who perceive a high quality of life in old age is how they answer the question, “Who decided you were going to live here?” Of course those who answer, “I did” are the happiest.” If you want your offspring to understand this, give them the book!

This brings me to my question, “Is it weird to google yourself?” I wanted to see what pops up when I google my book. Naturally, for better or for worse, Amazon is at the top. They spend the big bucks and make the big bucks. And I was absolutely delighted to see favorable reviews. I hope you consider adding yours—but only if you write from your heart, please.

I wrote this book for one reason only—to get into print what I’ve learned in 30 years working with older people and does not pop up in other books. I’ve now broken even in terms of cost (my labor being free) and must decide whether to do a third edition. Please let me know what YOU think.

Published by jeannettefranks

Jeannette Franks, PhD, is a passionate gerontologist and for over 20 years has taught ethics, grief and loss, and courses on geriatrics and gerontology for the University of Washington. Franks' most recent book is, To Move or To Stay Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades. Look for it now on the University Bookstore website It is also available at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge. Franks previously published a definitive guide to independent and assisted living titled Washington Retirement Options, and often speaks on retirement options, disability issues, end-of-life issues and is an advocate for accessibility. She has a goal of making Bainbridge an elder-friendly community and is available to groups and families to discuss these issues. She served for nine years on the Kitsap County Advisory Council on Aging and Long-term Care. She also has the privilege of working in a small way for the past 15 years with the Suquamish tribal elders.

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