About Laurie

Boomer. Educator. Advocate. Eclectic topics: grandkids, special needs, values, aging, loss, & whatever. 


I published my first book, Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real, at age seventy -- better late than never. Before embarking on my encore career as an author and blogger, I taught high school English, was a school and community volunteer, and became an early childhood educator and administrator. I founded and directed Warren W. Cherry Preschool in Evanston, Illinois, an innovative developmental early childhood program that includes and celebrates all children. My dream is to create welcoming and inclusive school communities in which all children can learn and thrive.


I publish regularly on The Chicago Tribune’s blogging platform (ChicagoNow), Midcentury Modern/Medium, and MyRetrospect. My writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, AlterNet, and The Forward. My topics include empowering parents and educators, restoring developmentally appropriate practices to education, and seeking justice for parents and children. I also write about key issues for my generation: retirement, parental loss, and grandparenting among others. And sometimes, I write about whatever strikes my fancy through the lens of a Boomer who both battles and embraces (mostly) change.  

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