As new members of OLLI, Gael and Glenn Libby have added one more exciting experience to their lives.
The Libbys grew up in Boston, where they were high school sweethearts; after 43 years of marriage, their love affair continues. After Glenn graduated from Tulane medical school in New Orleans, the warm sunshine of California was calling. In 1973-76 he was fortunate enough to do his residency in internal medicine at Los Angeles County Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at UC Irvine from 1976-78. In private practice Glenn worked with his patients and Memorial Medical Center for 35 years.
Gael was president of her local PTA and worked at the Optional Emerging Shelter for women for over 13 years. They also have three sons and six grandchildren who keep them very busy.
The Libbys are interested in many culturally diverse activities such as the Stephen Farbar film lectures in Los Angeles, discussions of old and new films with award winning actors and directors. They also attend the Distinguished Speaker Series in Pasadena, featuring celebrated individuals such as Malcolm Gladwell, Jeb Bush and others.
Avid theatergoers, they attend performances from Los Angeles to Orange County’s South Coast Repertory. One of the recent plays they saw was Blythe Spirit, starring 89-year-old Angela Lansbury (who among us is not inspired by that?).
Besides their love of film and theatre, travel, music and literature are also a large part of their activities. OLLI has now provided them additional intellectual enrichment with classes such as Current Events and Follow the Yellow Brick Road. As you can see, the Libbys live a very fulfilling and busy life.
Welcome to OLLI, Gael and Glenn! We hope you will both continue to take the intellectually stimulating, inspiring and fun classes offered by our senior university.
by Jack Blecher
Have you ever considered adding writing and publishing to your bucket list? If so, Sallie Rodman has the tools, techniques and talent to help you recognize your potential in her class on writing and publishing non-fiction.
Sallie offers an “I Search” approach to her instruction, encouraging you to find your market first by finding a magazine or publication that piques your interest and then researching it. She gives many suggestions on where you should send your work for publication.
The next step is to start the writing process.
She provides models and handouts to help you write about your experiences or other topics––and then you start writing. The writing then goes to your classmates. No one reads his or her own work because, according to Sallie, there is so much to learn when someone else reads it aloud. You can listen for inflections and nuances and discover where you need to edit your piece in order to begin the revision that helps you polish it and get it ready to submit for publication.
Sallie, herself, holds a Certificate in Professional Writing earned at CSULB, and has written articles that have been published in thirty-six Chicken Soup
for the Soul books. She was also a finalist in the Writer’s
Digest Annual Writer’s Contest. “Everyone’s a writer,” Sallie believes, and everyone has the possibility of being published. She’s always had a passion for writing, and she wants to instill that passion in you.
** Enrollment in the class is limited to 10.