Growing Old(er)!

Living Better

We are all doing it.

If you think you would like to spend some time talking with us about Growing Old(er), read these pages and then text GO! to 512-338-4075 and we can talk. If you would like to be a sustaining member of Growing Old(er)! then please follow this link and donate. All donations are tax deductible.


We will talk about retirement, health care, care giving, dating, finances, and serendipity among other topics. We also will talk to people about “Growing” as they age. How are they growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our shows are about 40 minutes long and we hope to be getting at least one out every week.

Of course we want to make it easy to find us, so here are a few links in alphabetical order:

Anchor: Apple: Breaker: Overcast: PocketCasts: RadioPublic: Spotify:


Send us an email and tell us what you want to talk about. You don’t even have to be old because all of us are growing older one day at a time.


Episode 23: Coming Soon: Hosted by Ani and Preston: Tye Sheets Pierpont and Chip talking about physical fitness and their decision to leave the United States for their retirement home in Thailand!

Episode 22: Hosted by Preston Tyree and Ani Colt: Howie Richey talking about his 50 years in Austin.

I think Howie Richey’s Twitter account says it all:
Howie Richey (@howzow). Party host, ace Texpert tour guide, social designer, woodworker, word arranger, radio personality, funny sort.Howie Richey (@howzow). Party host, ace Texpert tour guide, social designer, woodworker, word arranger, radio personality, funny sort. He has also written a book about Austin called Party Weird and that is the link to buy it. We met Howie through his wife Linda Anderson who showed up at our Tai Chi group and then both of them showed up at a campout event near Castroville, TX that was hosted by a mutual friend. They are the kind of interesting, out of the box, folks we generally are drawn to. Howie came to the “Studio” in our house for this interview. 

Episode 21: Hosted by Preston Tyree: Kyrié Carpenter and Ryan Baker talking about Anti-Ageism and growing older.First, we are glad to be back from the long break we took during the pandemic. What with selling and buying a house, moving our furniture in to storage, traveling around to AirBNBs and then moving all that stuff in storage back into a new house and then to both have to go in for surgery… it has been an eventful time. But today, we are back and excited about our two guests. Our primary focus is on Growing Old(er)! and we are all doing that, but our guests today helped create a website/clearinghouse for resources to combat Ageism. That site is and they worked with Ashley Applewhite to make it happen. People are always surprised to hear that Ani and I are approaching 80. That is because they have an idea of what 80 looks like and have a skewed vision of what 80 year olds should act like. Kyrié (Kee-re-ay) Carpenter (6/6/86) has an interesting website called  She does keynotes and workshops to “plant the seeds of personal and cultural growth” and also is managing editor of the blog posts on ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas. I took the effort to read her masters thesis to see what she had to say about the Anti-Aging myth in America. She has an interesting take and I will ask her about that.Ryan Backer (6/8/88) is a self-proclained Age Activist – They identify as a white, non-binary, European-American ‘old person in training’ with a BS degree in Gerontological Studies. He also aims high, aiming to eradicate all forms of oppression.  On his website he talks about his workshops called AGE QUEER. Sit back and relax and lets see what our guests have to say about Anti-Ageism and Growing Old(er)!. 

Episode 20: Hosted by Preston “Ty” Tyree and Ani Colt: Chris Crowley, Author of Younger Next Year talks about aging well. The conversation in this episode is far ranging but keeps coming back to being active physically and mentally to maintain your edge into your 80’s and beyond. Chris Crowley, 86 year old Author of Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 23 languages. This book was his first about what you can do to help you age better and enjoy aging more. Chris also recommends his book Younger Next Year The Exercise Program and Fit Forever videos. The newest edition of the YNY book has new material about keeping mentally active as well. Chris quoted his co-author, Henry Lodge as saying “how long you live is 80% genetics and how well you live is 20% genetics.”
Chris and I met at a bicycle camp in Connecticut 15 years ago just after his book was first published. Now he has released a new edition with new material about mental aging and staving off Alzheimer’s disease. The 20th episode Growing Old(er)! seemed a great time to ask him to talk about what he has learned about aging well.
We are approaching 1,000 plays of the 20 episodes and that is a major milestone for us. Hope you will listen to all the episodes and consider supporting us by clicking here and contributing a small amount each month.

Episode 19: Hosted by Preston “Ty” Tyree: Ani Colt is in her 80th year and talks about what that means and how an adventure is playing out during this time of pandemic and civil unrest around criminal justice reform.

Episode 18: Chris Gross talks with Preston Tyree about the FrankenBike swap meets. We also got into discussions about making money, loving people, the pandemic and criminal justice. Chris calls himself a recovering iconoclast as he reaches 50 years old.

Episode 17: We have had to take down this episode as the guest has decided that she said some things that she would rather not have broadcast.

Episode 16: Cohosted by Ani Colt and Ty Tyree: getting married in your 70s is not for sissies. But selling a house, buying a new house and trying to figure out what to throw away adds a who level of complexity. Ani and Ty talk about moving in the middle of a Pandemic. You can help support this podcast by clicking on this link and donating a small amount monthly.

Episode 15: Hosted by Ani Colt: Sandy Gil and I clicked when we first met a couple of years ago now. She’s a 1946, born eleven months after World War II ended. Growing has always been important to Sandy and her work involves helping other people grow. Because of the pandemic, Sandy is taking the time to go deeper into the process. She speaks of the need to “Be before the Do.”

Episode 14: Ani talks with Dr. Susan Kaye: Today, I recorded a session with my friend Susan Kaye, actually Dr. Susan Kaye. Susan is a Ph.D., Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, and Surrogate Partner Specialist. As it says on her website,, she believes that everything begins and ends in connection with our bodies, “I help others to heal and to grow through connecting to this vehicle that takes us through life.” I met her through her work — as I’d been involved in the sexuality world through a journal I published on spirituality and sexuality. Susan and I spoke about the need for healthy touch. Susan is a woman who feels she is doing what she was meant to do in this life. Born in 1949, Susan is going strong in her work and life at age 70! It was a great gift to do this podcast with Susan and hope it encourages you as well as entertains.

Episode 13: Ani talks with Epiphany Jordan: Epiphany lives out of the box, and this interview with her helped me discover why she is so darn interesting, starting with her parents. Her Jewish grandfather was on the run from the Nazis right before World War Two started. Her mother was born in Palestine and is half Catholic and half Jewish. Her Muslim father was born in India, and grew up in South Africa. Each came to USC for college. Both of her parents were academics in Reno where Epiphany was born. She shares in the interview about her unique spirituality and that one of her core strengths or pillars of her personality is around nurturing. Epiphany is the author of the book Somebody Hold Me, the single person’s guide to nurture human touch, Our recording was done during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said after we are finished with social distancing, “We have a chance to redesign human touch, which has kind of been my mission for a long time.”

Episode 12: Deaton talks to us about her life and how she is dealing with growing old(er)!. She is making a difference in other peoples lives in there second or is it her third career. She is owner and prime operator for Texas Bike Tours. Link to Texas Bike Tours. One of her comments is worth living with, “When something doesn’t go right, I think Oh, wow!. I can’t wait to see what good is going to come out of that.”

Episode 11: We review the three days we spent at the Abundant Living Retreat. Who we talked to, what we heard and a short conversation with George who runs Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. We also talk briefly with our favorite History Nerd, Suzette about her life. Here is a link to the Camp Allen site. Abundant Living is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Here is a link to the Abundant Living site. Here is a 23 sec video of the group at the closing session.

Episode 10: We get our youngest guest so far. Amy is a 37 year old retired Army Medical Corp Major who has done some amazing things in this world and is now starting the rest of her life with a new husband, new city and a new business.

Episode 9: Ani and Ty talk about Ani’s Growing Old(er)! and ONEderment Central

Episode 8: Virginia S lost her parents as a teenager and forged a successful career in the traditionally man’s world of drafting and engineering. She parlayed that into a career in public service and paid for her own Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Now she is retired and still moving ahead. She is a great story teller so this episode runs a little longer than most. (03/15/2020) Link to Guest Transcript PDF 8

Episodes 7 and Episode 7.5 (a lot of material so we broke it into two chapters): Debbie P gives us some hints about what we need to make our journey into old age work better. If you want to see more about Debbie and her work, check out these links: CareFor and Age Your Way. 03/08/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF 7.0 Link to Guest Transcript PDF 7.5

Episode 6 (Growing Old(er)! Host Ty is a guest on John Simmerman’s Active Towns Podcast): John S: Talks with Ty Tyree about Mueller, trikes and how to build a community with activity assets that make it better for everyone. 03/01/2020

Episode 5: Michele G: “I think my point of view is that it doesn’t always turn out the way one planned, expected, or wanted on many levels: financially, emotionally, socially, physically/medically, or independently.” 02/23/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

Episode 4: Veronica C talks about her career and reminisces about her mother and grandmother in Mexico City. 02/16/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

Trailer E4: Quick chat with Veronica about the strong women in her life. 02/10/2020

Episode 3: John T. talks about his career and how he didn’t fully understand how Medicare and Social Security works. He notes that he also didn’t understand his health insurance. 02/09/2020 Link to Guest Transcript PDF

Episode 2: Larry tells about dealing with an elderly relative as he begins to lose the ability to handle his own finances. 02/03/2020 Note: the identity of the guest and his subjects have been disguised due to privacy concerns.

Episode 1: Roger recognizes that he hasn’t planned much but ended up with a pretty good life. 01/22/2020

Future Episodes:

We have agreement with a number of folks to be guests on the podcast. That includes a couple of service providers who will converse in Trailers on what things make the aging process easier and better. One is a dentist, one an attorney and one is a Registered Nurse that helps families gather the information that is important when someone gets to the point where they need help on a day to day basis.

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