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 after 50 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 life after 50. Her most recent book is HOT GRANNY, Chronicle Books, available on Amazon, and she currently blogs for Huffington Post’s great new section on growing older, HuffPost/50. Mel lives in Carmel CA 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.

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 Responses to About Mel Walsh

  1. 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

  2. Love the Geezer Diaries!

  3. Dick Tracy says:

    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.

  4. june pitkoff says:

    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….

  5. Primus says:

    People love your stuff! So do I.

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