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.