Don’t Blink: Live Life at Aye Level

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.


 Have you met Charli? I have written three books about my fictional heroine, so I suppose it makes sense that she and I are comfortable pals by now.

My third book in The Golden Age of Charli series has just launched, so I asked Charli to share something from one of the earlier books so that you could get to know her, too. She chose the preface from the second book, The Golden Age of Charli- BMI (yes that’s the book where Charli faces a weighty challenge!) Here’s what Charli had to say in the preface:


book2I am Charlotte Angstrom Eddy McAntic. I was named Charlotte after my Swedish great-grandmother. I answer to Charli, hon, Mom, or “I can’t find my…”

Stewart McAntic and I have been married for more than thirty years. He responds to his nickname, Pud, when he hears me. We have two young adult sons, my A to Z, August and Zimmer.

If you want to know what I am like, listen to “Eye Level,” a 1972 song by the Simon Park Orchestra. The bouncy, upbeat, and quirky tune serves as the theme song for my life.

A few tears ago—oops, I meant to write “a few years ago,” but either word will do—Pud retired, and we began the penultimate stage of our lives. I looked forward to paradise, but reality brought a jolt of challenges. Instead of dreamy days in matching soaker tubs, Pud and I seemed distant and cold. Pud lived on the links, and I cleaned out the basement. But we pressed on, and Pud and I grew closer as we bonded with our young relatives through our love of fine dining.

But has our love of wine and gourmet food proven to be too much of a good thing? Do we