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Retirement? A Memoir of Reinvention and Adventure

Retirement? A Memoir of Reinvention and Adventure

Saturday, July 6, 4:00 p.m.

Fireplace Room, Abbot Public Library


Either by design or by default, retirement is the time for reinventing herself. Teaching kindergarten in Thailand wasn’t the job Dian Seidel had in mind when, at age 60 and craving adventure, she convinced her husband that they should try teaching English abroad. But coping with rambunctious children, sweltering heat, and Covid-19 turned out to be the challenge she needed to reshape her outlook.


Upon returning from Thailand to pandemic breakdown, Dian reinvented herself again, taking on the challenges of writing and telling her most interesting story. Part travel memoir and part second act story, Kindergarten at 60: A Memoir of Teaching in Thailand is a retirement tale like none other. Join the journey, meet the kids, and experience Kindergarten at 60. Interviewed by poet and Professor Emerita Claire Keyes, Dian will share this tour of Thailand, teaching, retirement, and reinvention!


About Dian Seidel

Dian Seidel grew up in Marblehead (MHS Class of 1977) and now lives in the Washington DC area. As a climate scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA0), her research contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Now in retirement, she teaches English to adult immigrants, teaches yoga, and writes. Her essays have appeared in Passager, Anak Sastra, Lucky Jefferson, Pen in Hand, The New York Times, and Bethesda Magazine. Dian invites you to visit her at


About Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes is Professor Emerita at Salem State University, where she taught English for 30 years. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as Valparaiso Review, Calyx, Blueline, and The Women’s Review of Books. She is the author of two collections of poetry: The Question of Rapture (Mayapple Press) and What Diamonds Can Do (WordTech). Her chapbook, Rising and Falling, won the Foothills Poetry Competition. A second chapbook, One Port, was recently published by Derby Wharf Books. She lives in Marblehead, where she conducts a monthly poetry salon at Abbot Public Library.

4:00 pm


Claire Keyes Interviews Dian Seidel

Retirement? A Memoir of Reinvention

and Adventure

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