Philip Gerard is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories and documentary scripts for public television. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.
Last week, I turned the big 5-0 . . . less horrifying than hitting the Big 2-0-0 but that's another story ...I should have been better prepared because last month, after dying my hair a lovely shade of Clairol Espresso, when checking out at Harris Teeter, I was offered the senior discount.