Meet the Aging Gals

Heather McPhaul (Aging Gal)

I was spit out amongst the West Texas sandstorms in 1962. Perhaps that’s why I’ve always felt a bit like a tumbleweed, ready to move wherever the wind blows me. I have lived in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, and Tucson, Arizona. I like to think my sense of humor has been informed by David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, and, mostly, my mom… but they might not like to think that. Thank you for reading and laugh on. Life’s too short not to.

Click here to view my in-depth interview for Calabasas TV.

Click here to view my TV interviews for Raggedy Ann Heart.

Click here to view my interview on CBS-TV affiliate KLBK regarding Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World’s Sorriest Stuntwoman.

Click here to view my promotional video for Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World’s Sorriest Stuntwoman.

Linda Sussman-Swiller (Ask Bitty)

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a credential in Geriatric Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers, I have helped many people navigate life’s challenges. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, I ran a small business, raised a family, and dealt with my share of problems. No one is immune. It is a matter of playing your strengths, maintaining a sense of humor, and implementing a strategy for moving forward. I currently work at a dialysis clinic where I am forever amazed at the resilience of my patients. They remind me to be grateful and never give up. I hold memberships in the American Psychological Association and the Council of Nephrology Social Workers. Feel free to visit my website by clicking here.

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Jack T. (The) Dog

Beloved son of the Aging Gals, avid tennis ball chaser, and marrow bone chewer. Forced to succumb to endless human loving and silliness for two meals a day plus treats. Wiser than both of his human mommies.


19 thoughts on “Meet the Aging Gals

  1. I loved your post about your prison retirement plan! I will be featuring you in my blog next Tuesday with a link to that post. You cracked me right up! I hope you don’t mind if I do that.

  2. You are one funny girl! Self deprication and honesty are admirable traits, especially at our age, I am 47. I completely relate to all of your stories. Congrats on your fresh pressed status. Keep up the great writes! I intend to read your books. Check out my stuff if you will, here and on blogspot. I would love to hear what you think. As the greatful recipient of a knee repalcement two years ago, your take on life and aging is a welcome respite to my often crazy life!
    Jenni in Philly

  3. I tried to leave a comment on Retirement Plan: Prison but I was unable to comment directly on that post, so here I am.

    Thanks for this very entertaining essay. I loved it! and I look forward to reading more.

    Congrats on FP.


  4. Hi there. I am new to this blogging world and am so glad I found your blog. What we need in oyr lives at this chaotic time is humor and you certainly provide that.
    Keep up the good work – I will follow you from the other side of the world – New Zealand

  5. Greetings and congratulations!

    Just wanted you to know, I’ve just bestowed upon you the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can visit my blog to see why!

    • Thanks for the award, Anna! I was just perusing your blog… Love “Hold the Phone”. I do have a cell phone, but it is simply that, a phone. No texting, e-mailing, or secret agent (99) stuff. It frees up all my time to observe everyone else’s phone obsession! Happy blogging…

  6. Just stumbled across your site when searching for a Gollum photo. I linked to your site from Gollum, because I love what I read. Yes, I have dreamt of being European for 1. vacations, and 2. ability to tan my boobs in public (not really). I also loved your post about retiring in prison!

  7. Hi, nice to meet you gals. I enjoyed your posts. I am the author of a new book, “Retirement: A Memoir and Guide.” I’m wondering if you would be interested in my writing a guest post on some aspect of retirement for your blog.

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