Don Marsh can be heard Monday through Friday at noon as the host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air” program or podcast. In addition to an award-winning journalism career in broadcast journalism, Don also is the author of three books. His latest “Coming Of Age” is a tender look at getting older.
Marsh began this book at age 77 in order to offer some helpful tips to older people experiencing the unique issues of aging and to educate younger people about what is happening to their elders.
“The truth is that the final years— those years of lengthening shadows— are in and of themselves, both interesting and terrifying. At times, one’s mind becomes a bit unpredictable; one wonders about outliving one’s resources.”
In 36 short chapters, Marsh offers both humor and advice. In chapter 28, for example, he has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts. The don’ts include wearing Bermuda shorts with long black socks and tennis shoes, entering a triathlon and roller-skating. The dos include going to bed early, getting medical checkups and making a will.
The book suffers from some patchy editing and formatting that should have been caught by the publisher. But, overall the book is both an instructive and enjoyable read.
Marsh has won 12 regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013 and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. His other books are “Flash Frames” and “How To Be Rude… Politely.” Walrus Publishing; 236 pages.