Driving Miss Norma: An Inspirational Story about What Really Matters at the End of Life
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About the Author
Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle are professional nomads who retired by age 50 to travel full-time in an Airstream travel trailer with Ringo, their Standard Poodle. They have explored every state but Alaska, and consider Mexico's Baja California Peninsula the closest thing to home. They continue to say YES! to living and have traded in their motor home for a boat, and will be cruising America's 6,000-mile Great Loop aboard M/V Miss Norma.
Ramie Liddle is a professional nomad who retired by the age of fifty to travel cross-country full-time in an Airstream trailer her husband Tim Bauerschmidt, and Ringo, their Standard Poodle. They've explored every state but Alaska and consider Mexico's Baja peninsula the closest thing to home.
"This touching memoir...lays bare the fragile reality of human life, the deep strength of family bonds, and what it means to truly take in all the world has to offer."--Mindful
"For the first time, as Bauerschmidt writes in this endearing memoir, they got to know one another as adults, and their trip transformed into a warm, thoughtful, and meaningful conversation on family, aging, caretaking, and what happens when you look to other ways to heal besides Western medicine."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This is a delightful chronicle of a family determined to celebrate life rather than dread death, and everyone can learn from their courage."--Booklist, Starred Review
"This story of a brave woman is truly inspiring. Living the way you want, when it matters most, needs to become the norm at the end of life."--Bill Novelli, cofounder and co-chair of Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
"What a legacy Ms. Norma has left us! Too often, when advanced illness strikes, patients and their families feel like powerless spectators. Too often, their wishes are not honored, or even known. Ms. Norma made her wishes known, and they were honored. Each of us deserves such a happy ending."--Eric Schneidewind, President of AARP