First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Ann Boyle Grant wrote “The Essays of Ann: A Memoir for a Time of Pandemic” during a time of relative isolation to help stay connected with her fellow residents at Villa Gardens, a Front Porch community in Pasadena. Now available both as an e-book and paperback, the memoir has received a 4.7 rating from readers on Amazon.
Grant draws on her background as a nurse and teacher to find meaning and satisfaction in everyday experiences of family life, told with humor, hope and insight. Her personal stories from more than eight decades are punctuated by reflections on recent events including the presidential impeachment hearings, California wildfires and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In August, Grant hosted a benefit book signing at Villa Gardens. Proceeds support the Front Porch Communities Foundation, Villa Gardens’ philanthropic partner.