Gail Thorell Schilling
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About Gail Thorell Schilling
Gail Thorell Schilling, a New Hampshire native, began journaling at age 12 and never stopped. She earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and participated in its fledgling news writing program. When she moved to Wyoming, she wrote for the Wyoming State Journal, Wind River News, and Casper-Star Tribune. Her feature stories earned several awards from the Wyoming Press Association. Gail certified to teach at Regis University in Denver and taught fifth grade on the Wind River Indian Reservation. By 2000, she returned to New Hampshire to care for her elderly parents and began teaching writing at NHTI - Concord's Community College. She has contributed to Daily Guideposts, an anthology of inspirational vignettes, for 22 years. Additionally, her work has appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe, the Concord Monitor, Concord magazine and Heart of New Hampshire magazine. She has helped refugees ghostwrite their stories, notably God Threw Me Back: A Child Survives War in Sudan and a feature article on a family that escaped the Rwandan genocide. When she isn't traveling, writing, or mentoring memoir writers, Gail enjoys an active lay ministry in her church and adventures with her grandchildren. Gail works as a seasonal docent at the Canterbury Shaker Village.
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Books By Gail Thorell Schilling
Rattled by fears that she is losing her keys, her looks, her job, and her sweetheart, Gail, 62, rashly announces that she will go to Paris, a dream postponed for 40 years. So begins the journey through France of an optimistic, infinitely curious, 62-year-old woman, who seeks to ransom her self-confidence and learn how to age. Deftly weaving scenic description with sketches of feisty Frenchwomen and flashbacks of older women she has admired, Gail draws wisdom from people and places that have gracefully endured the passing years. By the time she reaches the Mediterranean village that once existed only on her calendar, she feels revitalized. Her refreshed self-concept takes a hit, however, when her beloved proves fickle and a train strike maroons her on the edge of the sea. By the end of her journey, Gail recognizes the joie de vivre beneath the wrinkles of bygone beauty in French women. Now she awakens to her own joy of living and finds that it has no expiration date.
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