Arrow Senior Living residents pen new murder mystery – St. Louis Public Radio

Published January 6, 2022 at 2:43 PM CST

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Residents of the St. Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living community have spent the last two years in virtual meeting rooms — riding out the pandemic and enjoying one another’s company via online bingo games, history lessons, trivia and more.


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Arrow Senior Living resident Donna Birdsong of Joplin, Missouri, co-wrote chapter three of “The Old and the Beautiful.”

“Every day there’s something to do on Zoom,” Arrow Senior Living resident Donna Birdsong of Joplin, Missouri, told St. Louis on the Air.

For Birdsong, one of the highlights of 2021 was becoming a published author. Last year, she and 47 other residents collaborated to write the murder mystery “The Old and the Beautiful.”

“It adds a little spice to your life to be involved with other residents and have a project,” said another co-author, Lois Davis.

The authors and Arrow Senior Living staff hope the novel not only entertains but debunks ageist ideas about what it’s like to reside in a senior living community.

Birdsong and Arrow Senior Living’s editor and archivist, Howard Simmons, will join Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air to discuss what it’s like to undertake such a collaborative project and how the activity fits into the agency’s mission of maintaining a childlike sense of wonder in all endeavors.

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