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Janet Taylor, MD.
The Skanner News
Published: 14 April 2014

Come to the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday, April 15 from 1-5 p.m.  for the Second Wind Tour, featuring Bill Thomas M.D. and inspirational speaker Janet Taylor, MD.

The goal of the tour is to start a new conversation that reframes “life after adulthood” as an exciting stage of human growth and development—a time for challenging received attitudes toward aging.

Inspired by Thomas’ new book examining the baby boom generation’s reluctant generational second coming of age—“Second Wind:  Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life” (published by Simon and Schuster March 11 and named by Publisher’s Weekly as a Top 10 Social Science book of 2014)—the Second Wind Tour visits 25 cities on a national bus tour from March 31-June 6.

Well known as an inspirational writer, speaker, and performer, Thomas combines his efforts to promote change in medicine and society with elements of artistic expression. His background as a playwright ("Kallimos," "Play What's Not There") and musician helped him to create the Second Wind Tour’s unique "non-fiction" theater experience blending theater, video, and music.

Each half-day performance will be held in a premier theater with two acts.

Act one will consist of five fast-paced theatrical monologues featuring a cast of speakers including Thomas and renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Janet Taylor.

The second act blends the illumination of the deep connections between music, identity, and memory in the form a “marvelous surprise” documentary film preview by director Michael Rossato-Bennett followed by a live musical performance by Musicians for World Harmony Founder Samite Mulondo.

By blending spoken word, innovative set design (by Tony-award winning designer John Arnone and projection designer Austin Switser), film, and music into a single experience, the tour will offer audiences a holistic exploration that draws on a deep well of evidence-based approaches to growth, change, aging, health, and wellness.

For more information go to www.secondwindtour.org or Oregon AARP.

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