Diversions explores ideas in the world of fitness for the older adult as well as the dynamics of family history, both real and fictional. It’s an eclectic mix of writing in three different, but sometimes related, categories:
- fitness for older adults, which I teach in downtown Vancouver, Canada
- the history of my family and my husband's family, particularly the Overturf, Hansen, Ingraham, and Herrick families
- two novels, Family Legacies and Justice Delayed
Plus more diversions. In some ways these topics couldn’t be more different, and yet they have also inspired and informed each other. See below for links to indexes for the articles within each category.
- FITNESS: I work with older adults, usually from age 55 and up (including 80 and 90-year-olds). I teach four fitness classes a week. I write articles about Health and Fitness Issues; Fitness Class Issues; Bones, Joints and Muscles; Book Reviews.
- FAMILY HISTORY: I have done research on my family history which includes: Overturfs, Hansens, Mahoneys, and McDonalds.
- MORE FAMILY HISTORY: I have also done research on my husband's family history which includes: Ingrahams, Herricks, Moshers, and Brands.
- MUSINGS ABOUT PAST EXPERIENCES : Discussions and thoughts about some of my more interesting experiences in life.
- FIRST NOVEL: Family Legacies. How much are we affected by the experiences of our parents and grandparents? Do we benefit from those experiences, or are we cursed by them? Family legacies can leave something behind to taunt the next generation — and the next. In this novel, *Family Legacies*, four children — two boys, two girls — are born to four couples: James and Adeline Cullen, William and Martha McAlan, Jacob and Katherine Jacobsen, and Alex and Mary Donohue. Those children — Simon Cullen and Janie McAlan, and also Jacob Jacobsen and Lizzie Donohue — are destined to meet, marry and carry on family traditions and attitudes. A young couple from a new generation — Al Cullen and Kate Jacobsen — will struggle to build and hold a relationship despite their sometimes disturbing family legacies.
- SECOND NOVEL: Justice Delayed is set in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where a retired teacher finds herself in the middle of a very big mystery. Never one to be idle, she is determined to find the answer: How did little Catherine Fuller die?
- THIRD NOVEL: Secrets is a relatively recent work; some editing is still going on. *Secrets* continues to explore the lives of Dorthea Parsons and Miss Hattie, her downstairs neighbour.
Other Sites of Interest
- My son, Paul Ingraham, is a health science journalist and a retired Registered Massage Therapist. On his site — PainScience.com — he publishes articles and advanced tutorials about common aches, pains and injuries. In a clear and fun style, with a strong emphasis on science, he can help you with low back pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, or iliotibial band syndrome, to name a few. His most popular tutorial discusses trigger points. In addition there are more than 200 free articles.
- My husband, Bob Ingraham, offers you a very different web site. He says: “Ephemeral Treasures is a mostly philatelic web site which reflects my interests in the early commercial aviation and the Second World War, and showcases items from my collections — old envelopes (aka covers), stamps, and postcards. But it also highlights some of the adventures I've had in my life, including surviving a plane crash in New Mexico's Black Range and being badly wounded in Vietnam when I was a Marine Corps hospital corpsman.”