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November 2022 Online Events

Wednesday, November 2

Noon - 2pm

LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION

Please join OustandingLife for this informative lunchtime presentation. Bring your lunch and your questions! Attorney Samantha Gentel of Generations Law Group will be discussing the essential estate planning documents like Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Wills, and more. She will address questions surrounding estate planning in the LGBTQ+ Community, such as: "What documents do you really need, and why?" and "Who should you name in important roles such as your Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy?" and other questions and challenges that may present when creating your estate plan. This presentation will not be recorded. Presenter bio: Samanta F. Gentel, Esq. is an attorney with many years of legal experience specializing in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid/MassHealth Application and Appeals, and Asset Protection. Samanta has volunteered with organizations in her community, including Aspberger's Autism Network (AANE), Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and Jewish National Fund (JNF). Samanta is an LGBTQ+ Ally.

Thursday, November 17

7pm - 8pm

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP

Join OutstandingLife's monthly writing group. In this monthly writing workshop, we will discuss a short passage or poem that effectively uses a particular form or point of view. After considering how the technique enhances the piece, we will use some aspect of the text as a prompt to jumpstart our own writing. The focus will be on short, in-class writing and discussion. Suitable for writers with some experience. Jan Donley is a writer, a visual artist, and a professor. Her novel, The Side Door, made the 2011-2012 American Library Association's (ALA) Rainbow List, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (2011), won an Honorable Mention Eric Hoffer Award (2011), and won the Golden Crown Literary Society's Goldie for Dramatic General Fiction (2011). Her short stories appear in the magazines 34th Parallel, Silk Road, and Best New Writing 2015. Her story "Salamander." appears in Milkweed's anthology Stories from Where We Live. Her paintings are represented by Stewart Clifford Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She recently relocated from Boston to Dobbs Ferry, NY. She teaches writing and literature at Berklee College of Music. Jean Hey's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Plain Dealer, The Chicago Tribune, Solstice Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, The MacGuffin and Arrowsmith Journal. She holds a dual-genre MFA in fiction and nonfiction from Bennington College where she won the Sven Birkerts award for best nonfiction. She recently finished a collection or memoiristic essays about immigration and identity.

Past Online Events

Friday, June 3

12:00pm - 1:00pm

LAUNCH PARTY

Join OutstandingLife for a fun and informative conversation about how we can build an online community together.

Tuesday, June 14 & 28

2:00pm - 4:00pm

BOOK CLUB

Bob Linscott from the LGBTQIA+ Aging Project will facilitate a two-part discussion of Aging With Wisdom by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle. Copies can be purchased online from Brookline Booksmith.

Wednesday, June 15

12:00pm - 1:30pm

ONE SIZE DOESN'T SUIT ALL

Older adults need multiple avenues for creating supportive communities, and safe environments, online and in-person, particularly LGBTQ+ older adults. Panel Discussion and Q&A with Paul Glass from LGBTQ Elders of Color and David Aronstein from OutstandingLife.

Thursday, June 16

2:00pm - 3:00pm

MODERN PRONOUNS: THEY IS CORRECT

Join Julie Nowak (she/they/xe), LGBTQ+ Initiative Coordinator at BayPath Elder Services, to learn about inclusive pronouns and affirming language.

Thursday, October 20

2:00pm - 3:15pm

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP

Ready to focus on your writing? Join OutstandingLife's new monthly writing group. In this monthly writing workshop, we will discuss a short passage or poem that effectively uses a particular form or point of view. After considering how the technique enhances the piece, we will use some aspect of the text as a prompt to jumpstart our own writing. The focus will be on short, in-class writing and discussion. Suitable for writers with some experience. Bios of workshop leaders Jan Donley is a writer, a visual artist, and a professor. Her novel, The Side Door, made the 2011-2012 American Library Association's (ALA) Rainbow List, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (2011), won an Honorable Mention Eric Hoffer Award (2011), and won the Golden Crown Literary Society's Goldie for Dramatic General Fiction (2011). Her short stories appear in the magazines 34th Parallel, Silk Road, and Best New Writing 2015. Her story "Salamander." appears in Milkweed's anthology Stories from Where We Live. Her paintings are represented by Stewart Clifford Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She recently relocated from Boston to Dobbs Ferry, NY. She teaches writing and literature at Berklee College of Music. Jean Hey's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Plain Dealer, The Chicago Tribune, Solstice Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, The MacGuffin and Arrowsmith Journal. She holds a dual-genre MFA in fiction and nonfiction from Bennington College where she won the Sven Birkerts award for best nonfiction. She recently finished a collection or memoiristic essays about immigration and identity.

Tuesday, October 25

7:00pm - 8:00pm

BOOK READING

Amy Hoffman will be reading from her new novel, Dot and Ralfie. Dot & Ralfie is about a lesbian couple facing the physical, emotional, and relationship challenges of aging. Co-sponsored by OutstandingLife and 2Life Communities. https://2lifecommunities.org/ Copies of Dot and Ralfie and available at Paper Cuts Bookshop in Jamaica Plain. https://papercutsjp.com Bio of workshop leader A writer, editor, and community activist, Amy Hoffman is the author of the novels Dot & Ralfie and The Off Season, and three memoirs—Lies About My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time. “ Amy Hoffman was editor in chief of Women's Review of Books from 2003 through 2017. https://www.amyhoffman.net/. Amy was editor in chief of Women's Review of Books from 2003 through 2017. Since 1983 Women's Review of Books has provided a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women.