Richard Alther, Author

“In my professional painting career, over a number of years I sold several hundreds of paintings at galleries from London and Montreal to Vermont and California. They slid down easily, watercolor and oil landscapes or waterscapes barely defined, very impressionistic, which I came to realize was a way to express my world view before writing fiction. ..the view that places healing, calming, restorative nature above the flak of modern life. This spirit is very much at the soul of ROXIE & FRED.”

~ Richard Alther

“Readers will enjoy the warm-hearted celebration of this zesty old woman savoring the hell out of her final years.”

~ Judith Viorst, journalist and bestselling author of<br /> I'M TOO YOUNG TO BE SEVENTY

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I wrote my upcoming novel, Bedside Matters, to come to grips with my own mortality, but also as a caregiver to my beloved partner, Ray, who passed on last week. I'm heart-broken, but also touched by the support and love from family and friends during this time. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out this inspiring reader-sourced article on @NPR about some of the inventive ways that people are addressing COVID-19 challenges in their community:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/08/12/898528098/how-an-artist-a-toy-maker-a-college-student-use-their-skills-to-fight-the-pandem

Here's a new essay I wrote on Medium, titled "On Death: You'd Likely Rather Not Read This." Comments and feedback are always appreciated. https://medium.com/@richardaltherwb/on-death-youd-likely-rather-not-read-this-6105339a2071

I found this touching essay in the @nytimes by Sonja Mackenzie a powerful example of the bittersweet silver lining of this pandemic.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/well/family/the-particular-pain-of-pandemic-grief.html?searchResultPosition=1

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