My name is Mary Grace Whalen and I am a writer who has authored over 50 published articles on hearing loss, aging and grief.  I am also a former college professor of English studies.  I have an M.S. in Communication Arts with a focus on Writing for the Media.

In the past 30 years I have experienced a progressive hearing loss due to otosclerosis, but I function well in most situations as a bilateral cochlear implant recipient.  My hearing loss has been both a curse and a blessing.  As Helen Keller once pointed out, being deaf separates people from other people. Communication is so essential to our interpersonal relationships.   The positive side to this is that I have become more humble and can relate to those who feel they are on the outskirts of society . I’ve also done some of my best writing in silence.  In this silence I found my own voice.

In 2017 turned 70.  I am comfortable with my pearly white tresses.  I have also come to terms with being deaf.  I embrace my Italian roots.

As we baby boomers age, we realize what really matters.  We lose so many people by this age.  It’s a last chance to be who we really are and live our best dreams. Go for it!

I am near completion of a memoir, Living in the Color Magenta.  It includes all new material with the exception of a few of my best blogs.  I am also putting the finishing touches on a children’s book, Eddie the Whale, Legend of Montauk.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

There are many things that define all of us.  For me, my strong Italian roots and my hearing loss journey are deeply imbedded in the core of my being.  I also love to explore new and fascinating cultures.  There are many new and exciting things about growing older.  Do you have a list of “must dos” for this time of life?

Thanks for your interest in my profile.  Feel free to share your thoughts on these issues.


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