Rachel, Age 71
I retired from teaching at age 60 to spend a month with my daughter in LA as she was having her first child, my second grandchild. I continued to substitute teach and take orders for my ethnic Sephardic cooking. I started that small business after my first divorce in 1992: Rachel’s Sephardic Delicacies. (Sephardic refers to my heritage of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 during the Inquisition.)
At 62 I was divorcing again! At 69 I started to write a cookbook using Word on my computer and at 70 it was published by LifeRich Publishing in 2015. The book is on Amazon.com: A LEGACY OF SEPHARDIC, MEDITERRANEAN AND AMERICAN RECIPES. So far, 72 books have sold online. I do local book signings and give cooking classes. I still substitute teach, take orders and volunteer bake for my Sephardic synogogue. I am also a co-president of my local retired school employees association in the state of Washington. I now have 7 grandchildren.