Lifelong Focus: Emily Rhoads Johnson

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Lifelong is a vibrant and growing center for those in the “second half” of their lives, providing a place for socializing, learning, fun, and improving the quality of life in all ways. 

But it is our members who make this the very special place that it is.  They teach, exercise, laugh, create, lead, explore, support, and so much more!  This focus series will introduce you to some of them.  You may be surprised by whom you’ve been lifting weights next to!

Emily Rhoads Johnson“From the time I was very young, the two things I wanted most in life were to be a mother and to write stories. I’m fortunate to have done both…Writing this memoir about my early life has made me acutely aware of my unique  blessings: growing up in America in a time of relative peace and prosperity, and having loving parents who encouraged me in all my endeavors.”  From the cover of her new book “Rumble Seats, Heffalumps, and the Atom Bomb”
     In addition to being a faithful member of the strength class, Emily has investigated everything from Medicare to movement improvisation to computer technology here at Lifelong.  She has been writing all her life and has published three young adult novels, a biography of her brother: Wizard at Work: The Life and Art of George Rhoads, and most recently, her own memoir, Rumble Seats, Heffalumps, and the Atom Bomb: A Midwestern Girlhood.
     When she came to Ithaca thirty years ago, she taught at Empire State College and BOCES, and later tutored students in writing at Ithaca College. In addition to teaching, she did editing for graduate students and professors at Ithaca College and Cornell.
     Now retired, she enjoys reading, making fabric art, walking with friends, and attending classes at Lifelong.