Syndicated columnist wonders where time has gone in baby boomer-targeted nonfiction

“How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old?” is a compilation of Laverne H. Bardy’s columns that honestly discuss the harsh yet often humorous realities of aging
(PR NewsChannel) / January 24, 2012 / NEWTON, N.J.  

“How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old?” by Laverne H. Bardy

“How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old?” by Laverne H. Bardy

For the more than 70 million baby boomers that are at or approaching retirement age, life has flown by rather quickly. At least, that’s how Laverne H. Bardy describes life in her book, “How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old?: Aging and Other Catastrophes that Attack and Assault When Your Back is Turned” (ISBN 1463667914).

The general topic of aging is discussed from both a serious and comical aspect in each of the book’s six sections. Through this compilation of columns, Bardy discusses her decision to end a 21-year marriage and re-enter the single life, which leads her to new encounters like singles dances where she meets some unforgettable personalities. She shares her often humorous adventures in dating from a vacation gone wrong to her relationship with a NASCAR fan who never quite got over Dale Earnhardt’s untimely death.

Gray hair, cataracts, increased doctors visits and other joys of aging have columns of their own where Bardy tries to understand when the transition from young adult to middle-aged took place, and how it flew by without her even noticing.  Laughing with high school friends 50 years later and becoming enamored when an attractive guy tries getting her attention are a few of the lighter stories.

Bardy’s column, “Laverne’s View,” has been syndicated with Senior Wire News Services since 2004. She builds on her popular column that has made readers laugh for years with more of her firsthand experiences into the world of aging. She hopes that the book can connect with her readers in the same way her column has.

“I want readers to read my book, and react as they have about my column for years. I want them to say, ‘Yes, yes….Exactly! I thought I was the only one who felt that way. That’s hilarious,’” Bardy says. “We’re all going through the same experiences, and we only get to go through this journey once. We might as well enjoy it and laugh a little bit along the way.”

“How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old?: Aging and Other Catastrophes that Attack and Assault When Your Back is Turned” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Laverne H. Bardy began her career in writing as the editor of her children’s school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) newsletter. Her professional career began as a press release writer for the West Essex Tribune. She moved on to Northern Horizons and Montage magazine, where her assignments ranged from interviewing small country store owners to reporting on what to do if confronted by a black bear. She went on to freelance for other publications, and her work currently appears in a variety of anthologies. Bardy was finally able to show her creative, non-fiction writing skills when she was offered her own column, Laverne’s View, in a New Jersey regional newspaper in 1999. This book is a compilation of those columns with a few expanded versions and some new entries.

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