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Vivian CrosbyVivian Crosby
Vivian Crosby, a proud 1967 Wyandotte High School graduate, has penned a humorous Christian-based book that takes "Dottes" back down memory lane of cruising Peter's Drive-in on State Avenue and high-school sports victories in her book, "Peace Sign."
In her first novel, Crosby explores the effects of aging on the baby boomer population.
The story opens at the 50th Wyandotte High School reunion, where the main character, Susan, a 60-plus baby boomer, attends and is shocked how her classmates have changed. Susan, an attractive and high-spirited widow, is ready to move on in life and finds it difficult to relate to these changes. At the reunion, she ends up connecting with a classmate, an unlikely person for her to befriend, who helps Susan in her ultimate transformation.
During the course of the story, Susan changes from a lively and confident woman to a frightened and insecure person after she becomes seriously ill and is placed in a futuristic assisted living facility called "The Resort." She has also married and her devoted husband stands by her side during this period. Despite his devotion, Susan protests strongly to her new home and the story chronicles how she adapts to her new environment.
Crosby's roots are deep in Kansas City Kan. As a child, she grew up in the area of Blessed Sacrament parish and her grandmother (with the maiden name of "Poje") lived on historic Strawberry Hill.
At Wyandotte High School, Crosby was active on the staff of the yearbook, The Quiverian, and was the lead in the senior class play, "It Couldn't Have Happened to a Nicer Girl." She laughed that she didn't quite attain the fame of the previous year's lead in the senior play, Dee Wallace. Dee Wallace Stone, famed Hollywood actress, is well known for her depiction of the mother in Spielberg's megahit, "ET."
The inspiration for the novel was metaphysical author, Eckhart Tolle and his book, "The New Earth: Awakening to Your life's Purpose." Crosby had watched Tolle on Oprah Winfrey's show with her daughter, Marcia, and was impressed with his ideas of "living in the now" and "accepting what comes your way." Also, her then 90-year-old mother had broken her hip and faced the same fate as the main character: being placed in an assisted living facility to heal. Her 94-year-old mother now lives with Crosby and is in good health.
The book took her about 2 1/2 years to write and she decided to edit and publish it herself.
Crosby earned a degree from the University of Kansas in 1971 in psychology and human development and family life; moved to Topeka where she married and divorced; and after raising her two children moved back to the Kansas City area. She is currently public relations and resource development director for the Good Samaritan Society-Communities located in Olathe, Kan. Her 10 years of experience in the senior industry gives her a unique way to observe those who live in senior-living communities, which is the basis of her novel. For more information about her book, go to her website: www.Viviancrosby.com.