(without taking the fun out of life)
By Bernard S. Otis
In this touching, often humorous and very personal account, Bernie shares his 86 years of life, love, less and laughter as an inspirational guide to what it means to age without growing old. His advice on love after 60, how to talk with family members about illness what you should be prepared for when confronting tragedy and loss, what it means to be a caregiver to a loved one and many other of life’s challenges are a must for family members young and old.
Mr. Otis’s book is a treasure trove of personal and professional life experiences that will help you prepare for old age and take control of the nature of aging. Be prepared to laugh out loud and quietly shed a tear as Bernie takes you through the voyage of life.
Why Did You Pursue Writing?
I did not consciously pursue writing, but in the course of building my career I discovered that I was very good at and at ease writing reports for clients, documenting my various activities and writing recommendations for Corporations. Eventually I began writing articles for various publications and receive much praise for what I produced. In 2010 I wrote my first business Book and its success taught me that I was capable of producing exceptional writings.
What Inspired your Book?
Over my lifetime I have been involved in doing volunteer work with persons of all ages. When my late wife Anna was diagnosed with terminal cancer I thought I knew all I needed to know to care for her. I was shocked by what I did not know and how difficult it was dealing with all of the insurance, medical, hospital, rehab and caregiver issues. When she passed away I wanted to do something to honor her memory and a friend suggested writing a book. I realized that that was exactly what I needed to do to honor her memory, share my experiences with the world and leave a legacy to my children.
How long have you been publishing your work?
Books since 2010. Articles since 1983.
Have you been interested in writing the majority of your life?
I have always enjoyed writing notes about life to my children and grandchildren, as well as the woman in my life. As a teenager during world War 11 I spent hours writing letters to my friends and family serving in the armed services, as well as to relatives who lived in distant cities and other countries.
Do you have a routine to help you write?
None whatsoever. I just find it natural to sit down and write what is on my mind.
Bernard S. (Bernie) Otis is a delightful and well known speaker, writer and community leader who has made his 65-year career in the food service facility planning, marketing, management, sales and consulting industries. His life’s work has included service to many hotels and restaurants in Southern California, Santa Clarita, San Diego, Las Vegas and New York City among others. He has been instrumental in serving several top companies such as Hewlett Packard and Disneyland as well as major hospitals, universities and restaurants around the country. His community involvement includes work with the National Indian Gaming Association and the Rotary Club (where he has been a member since 1954 and a Paul Harris Fellow.) After his wife’s death in 2012, Bernie, a trained Hospice care giver, began working with families of terminally-ill patients.