Submitted by Sharon Salomon

Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My first “career” was as a bilingual elementary school teacher in NYC. That lasted six years. I also worked as a bilingual caseworker for the Bureau of Child Welfare in NYC. From there, I went on to getting an MS degree in Clinical Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian. I went to cooking school in France. I taught college level nutrition, worked in public relations for restaurants, worked for the county health department, taught in culinary schools and ended up as a freelance writer. 

Q:  When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to do?

A:  I am not retired. I still write for magazines, web sites, newspapers and contribute to books. 

Q:  What inspires you and why?

A:  I am inspired by nature and by truth.

Q:  How does your unique set of experiences make a difference for the community in your work now?

A:  I’ve worked with and for a very diverse group of people. I’ve traveled and lived in several countries other than the U.S. Because of those experiences, I am very open minded and accepting of other opinions and lifestyles. 

Q:  What’s your advice for boomers who are about to launch their own “second act”?

A:  Go for it. I’m 70 years old and I continue to “evolve”.  I don’t intend to step down from contributing to society.