The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’ve moved the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I have.
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Sheila Weinstein was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in July of 2009.
Sheila Weinstein is the author of Moving to the Center of the Bed: The Artful Creation of a Life Alone, a book about her journey after her husband of forty-two years was diagnosed with dementia.
Sheila grew up in New Jersey, met her future husband when she was eleven years old and married him when she was twenty and in her senior year at Barnard College in New York City. After graduating with a degree in French, she worked at the United Nations until their son was born. They moved around the country to pursue her husband’s professional goals as an ophthalmologist. With the addition of their two daughters, Sheila focused full time on being a wife and mother.
When they moved to Texas, Sheila pursued her great love of the piano and obtained a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Trinity University in San Antonio. After ten years, they settled in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she taught piano at the Creative Arts Center of West Virginia University and then privately in her home.
In the early 1990s, she gave up teaching piano to pursue writing seriously. In 1995, they moved again, this time to Florida, where her husband opened a private practice in ophthalmology. In 1999, he was diagnosed with dementia. After forty-two years of marriage she had to learn how to live without the support of the love of her life.
Sheila now lives in New York City, where she is a docent at Carnegie Hall, taking visitors on tours every Monday. She has given piano concerts in her home and, in September 2008, she was privileged to be part of a group of musicians who performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.