Hello, dreamers. I hope you’re having a fantastic Labor Day holiday. And if you’re not on holiday, happy Monday! Here’s a short interview from Dean Robertson, author of Looking For Lydia, Looking For God.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an English teacher, except when I wanted to be Mowgli.
What do you do now?
I am a retired English teacher, a new author, a new grandmother, and I seem to be way too busy every minute.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
I will have a healthier body and enough money to help all my friends who-like me-don’t have enough of those Yankee dollars.
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
I gave up on my dreams many times before I realized I carried them around inside and couldn’t give up on them.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
If you could have any super power in the world, besides what I just gave you, what would it be?
Looking for Lydia, Looking For God
Looking for Lydia; Looking for God is a memoir. It is a spiritual memoir. It is a confession. It is a family saga and a cameo of life in Norfolk, a southern city after the Civil War. It is the mystery of a nineteenth-century woman, come from Philadelphia to Norfolk, Virginia, the year the War ended, and the story of the mysteries that don’t get solved and the questions that don’t get answered. It is the study of the Bible that began in the Lydia H. Roper Home, in Norfolk, Virginia, and it has grown outward from there in the most unexpected ways. It is rooted on every page in the concrete details of the Roper Home and in the lives of the family that built and chartered it. It is, finally, a story about growing older for everyone, everywhere. Looking for Lydia is packed with detail. It sifts through layers of the Bible; the post-Civil War South; the lives of the women at the Lydia Roper Home; the lives of the women in the Roper family; the founding of a southern lumber empire by a carpetbagger from Pennsylvania; and, finally, the search for the elusive Lydia Roper. As you read, you will fall in love with a small group of women, in their ninth and tenth decades, as they discover the Bible, each other, and themselves.
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