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Atlantic Publishing Group presents

"In this book, vivid experiences come to life, and important life questions are asked and answered with both wisdom and insight."


-Alan D. Castel, Ph.D, Author of "Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging"

Two Perspectives on Navigating Later Life

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From the day we are born, the clock starts ticking on our lives. We jump from event to event, focused on the present but fearful of events later in our lives or the lives of ones we love. As we and our loved ones embark on the next journey in our life, how can we plan ahead to navigate the Golden Years? Does aging condemn us to a boring life? No!

The Golden Journey is a collaborative story from two unlikely friends, Grace Hunt (age 27) and Pierre Thollot (age 87). Working together, these acquaintances, who have now become friends, confidants, coauthors, and chess partners, were able to tie their stories and the stories of those important to them together to build a map for the future. Through dedicated research, these two uncovered activities and advice that are valuable tools to help anyone navigate their Golden Years.

For anyone looking toward retirement and beyond, this is both an enjoyable and informative read. By sharing their stories and the stories of their friends, Grace and Pierre hope to inspire others to truly enjoy their Golden Journey.

Meet the Authors

Pierre Thollot is a retired research engineer which included roles as Chief of the Power Electronics Branch at NASA and Directer of the Electrical Research Division at Sundstrand Corp. His mother and father were born in France, and Switzerland, respectively and emigrated separately to the USA in the mid 1920s. Born in 1933, he served in the Korean War as a military policeman and received his BSEE degree from The City College of New York in 1962. Pierre's career includes 30 years of voluntary service on various Industry and Government committees and professional organizations including the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His service and technical contribution to the field of electrical power, (power electronics) earned him the grade of IEEE Life Fellow in 1994. He spent much of his early retirement traveling with his wife and currently resides in Spokane, Washington with his daughter and her family. 


Grace Hunt is a software developer with ActionFlow. She attended Davidson College where she studied Physics and Hispanic Studies. After serving as a research coordinator with a children's home, she returned for her MSEE studying Power Electronics at the Center for Power Electronics (CPES) in Virginia Tech. Grace says she loves nothing more than to seek out the adventure, both mundane and wild, in each person's story. She finds life in walking alongside others through the brightest and darkest times knowing that sharing in others' joy and grief is powerful and restorative. She currently resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband.

Alan, Ph.d - Foreword

Alan Castel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He studies learning, memory, and aging.  He is interested in how younger and older adults can selectively remember important information. He lectures internationally to people of all ages.  His work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. His new general audience book is entitled Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.  He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, did a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been on faculty at UCLA since 2006.   

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