Meet the Editorial Team

Deb Gaut

DEB GAUT

Editor

Deb is a sassy, fearless 60-something, who wants to change the way we think and talk about aging. As a successful speaker, trainer, and consultant, she is passionate about leveraging the remarkable power of imagination, perseverance, optimism, and a touch of wisdom to survive and thrive in the second half of life. Deb holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in English. She has published a myriad of books, chapters, and articles about human communication and effective listening. Additionally, she has served as an academic and career advisor for 35+years.  Currently she is pursuing certification as a Professional Coach with the top-rated Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Her "forever home" is Saint Louis, MO, where she lives with her amazing husband and two four-legged children, Chester and Psycho Kitty.

Kristen Edens

KRISTEN REED EDENS

Associate Editor

Encouraged by her father to write about her dreams at age 6, Kristen’s writing expanded to include poetry, copywriting, editing, and blogging. She enjoys telling a story with deep emotion and moving her readers to laugh, cry, curse, or take action. A recovering ‘goodie-goodie’, Kristen got her first tattoo at age 49 and enjoys building a new life on her own terms. She writes for several outlets and her own blog on family, health, retirement, money and other issues for the Sandwich Generation. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, cycling, and quilting. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Learn more about her writing at Kris the Scribbler .

Eileen

EILEEN PERRIGO

Art Editor

As President of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Eileen has been actively involved in fine and performing arts for most of her adult life. An award-winning Communication instructor, she taught at the University of West Florida for over 30 years. 

Eileen and her husband of 49 years are passionate about traveling in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, visiting art museums around the world. They live in Pensacola, Florida, a southern paradise.

Keith

KEITH CRABTREE

Photo Editor

Keith is an accomplished, freelance graphic designer, photographer, and "wondering wanderer" based in Red Oak, TX. As the founder of Crabtree Design, Keith has 35+ years of professional design experience offering creative, award-winning, marketing solutions to his clients.

When he's not behind a computer, you will find him in the field "capturing Nature's magnificent creations" from behind the lens. Keith holds a BS in Graphic Design from Oregon State University. You will find his artist statement and body of work at Ripples of Time.

Morgan

MORGAN CRABTREE

Photo Editor

Morgan is a talented, freelance photographer and creative writer whose passion is nature and wildlife photography. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Commerce, with a BFA in Visual Communications-Emphasis in Photography. Morgan is an avid birdwatcher, works and plays with horses, and creates Zentangle art. In her free time, she blogs at rockaripple.com. You can view her breathtaking photography portfolio at morgantreephoto.com