About Mel Walsh

Mel Walsh by Mac Small

A newspaper columnist, blogger, author of four books and a gerontologist, Mel Walsh studies people who are pre-old. That seems to be most of us since people generally believe they are 15 years younger than the date on the birth certificate. Old is always tomorrow and nothing wrong with that.

Mel believes in new starts in later life and, as an older woman herself, has written, produced and hosted a radio show for older adults, Second Wind, and also written newspaper columns with the same name…all about later life. Her book for older women, HOT GRANNY, Chronicle Books, is available on Amazon. Mel has also written for the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oprah’s magazine, Glamour and Working Woman. She is working on a book of essays for older women.

Mel lives in California with Cranky Pants, her husband. They waited to get married until they had silver hair because they thought the “til death us do part” stuff would be easier after 50. Between them they have five sons, one daughter and twelve grandchildren.

Why this blog? Approaching the usual expiration date for humans, Mel wants to make art for family and friends before she graduates from the planet, something to remember her by, a creative legacy for 24 people. This blog is her way of tracking progress in the studio and encouraging other older people to make their own heirloom legacies, whether by art, craft or words such as poems or memoirs. Embroidery counts! Anything that can be passed on and remind loved ones that you loved them enough to make something to leave behind just for them. I was here and I made this for you.

Please stay tuned for the posts of my new art…will I finish in a year? Share your comments and photos here and make your own heirlooms in any medium to pass on to the future and for others to enjoy here and now.

If there is any interest, I can set up this site so you can buy small and shippable art that may intrigue or inspire you,  but I’ll start first with heirloom art for the family.

Thank you for visiting and please consider taking part and seeing what kind of legacy you can make.


Cranky Pants & Mel

Check out Mel on the CBS Early Show with Julie Chen, talking about her book, HOT GRANNY. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9NlFq_XhR4





5 thoughts on “About Mel Walsh”

  1. Read the entire site just now and found it all “sad but too true”. It’s unfortunate that in this community where I reside no one wants to talk about the things you write about. They all smile and make nice…. I was particularly fascinated with “Hospice info” Thats the route I’m going. Will call library tomorrow and see if they have a copy of Aug 2- New yorker. Would love to read the article you mentioned. I’m happy to have a like-minded friend out there like you. Later….

  2. Mel, In my more than 30 years writing for The Sacramento Bee, the kindest praise I ever got was from a woman who approached me at a book (“Gardens of the Wine Country:) signing. She said, “I don’t even care about gardening…I just like to read what you write.” I’m passing along similar praise to you. I read about things that really didn’t concern me, only because you’re an excellent story teller. I’m well aware of “Column fatigue” that all of us – even humorists like Dave Barry – eventually fall victim to. Good luck with your new venture, and please extend my “high five” to old Cranky Pants. By the way, I enjoyed your trip down memory lane with radio, I treasure it far more than TV and truly miss, “The Music of Your Life” format.

  3. I particularly enjoyed your column on Aug. 3rd titled; Hospice: A good way to graduate from this planet. I too support Hospice, as a Friend.
    I wanted you to know that Friends of Hospice and honorary chairperson LaVonne Amaral are celebrating the opening of the Compassionate Care Home with a premiere benefit for Hospice of the Foothills called “Side by Side” on Sept. 11th at the “beautiful” River Highlands Ranch & Vineyards. Jane Rivar will be in concert and Ivan Najera will provide special music. It will be at 5pm to 9pm (good for Seniors) and will include wine, food and song with twelve exciting items to be auctioned. For more information (530)274-5121 or HOFO.org(click on Friends of Hospice.

    Thank you again Mel for your great articles. They are very humorous and informative. Diana Lemmon, publicity chair for Friends of Hospice 530-477-8507

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