Ann McGovern is the first profile in our web video series called Living!  

Photo by Jim Scheiner
Photo by Jim Scheiner


We’ve met so many people whom some might call “older,” or “senior” who continue to work and play with great passion. They face life head on and discover new ways to build on what they’ve already accomplished.

Most of the people we’ll profile are over 80. The stories, mostly told in their own voices, reveal how they continue to pursue their passions, find new interests and do meaningful and often creative things. Consider them leaders in the field of living. 

You may know Ann McGovern as the author of children’s books that have sold more than 30 million copies. Annie began as an editor for Golden Books, went on to edit for Scholastic and wrote wonderful books like “Stone Soup” and “Too Much Noise.”

She’s still writing, creating art, traveling and enjoying life to the fullest. Like the rest of us, she’s had her ups and downs. But her story is inspiring because she refuses to to be pulled down by the challenges that come her way. Anne is a breast cancer survivor.  

Recently, doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York successfully treated two brain tumors that threatened her life. But again, cancer and illness do not stop her.

Instead, she deals with the hurdles and moves on to enjoy what she loves. She’s a great example for the rest of us, especially those in the Baby Boom generation who will have an opportunity to be productive for a long time to come. To borrow from Elvis Presley, millions of us “Got a Lot O’ Livin’ To Do.”

Consider that one out of every four 65-year-old Americans is likely to live past 90, according to the Social Security Administration, and most 65-year-old men will live until 83 and women until 85.

We can all use inspiration and Living! and Ann McGovern offers remarkable insight into what makes a wonderful life.

Give us recommendation for another video profile of a person whose life inspires others.


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Barbara Nevins Taylor

As the winner of 22 Emmy Awards and a slew of journalism honors and awards, I created to give you the straight story about complicated stuff. Tell us what you want to know and we'll get you the answers.

16 thoughts on “Living!”

  1. What a splendid video about a beautiful, fascinating and inspiring woman! What a great role model she is, so creative, productive, and positive. I loved getting this look at Ann McGovern, whom I admire so much, hearing her stories (great story teller) and partaking of her attitude and wisdom. Really enjoyed this!

  2. I am a friend of Annie. I am so inspired by this extraordinary women. What courage ,what resilience and what generosity. I am blessed to know her. Than you for sharing her story. my best ,Mark

  3. Loved seeing the many stages of Ann–the gritty and darling little girl, the resourceful gal underling transforming herself into a prolific author, the happy, happy wife of Marty, the spirit facing death with expectation tho still mightily surviving, and woman who loves swimming with fishes. Thanks for sending it to me. xo Jen

  4. I just watched your video – wonderful! There was so much there I didn’t know about you. You’re even more of an inspiration now. The story of Marty’s death still makes me cry. What a truly incredible gift you gave him.
    I love that when you were little your bed was a caravan taking you into deserts and oceans and faraway cities. Although I’m sorry it was because you had to escape your home life… You are a wonder!

  5. What a spectacular video. It captures Annie so perfectly. She’s a woman who is always keen for the next and the ones after that. Congratulations to both of you

  6. Thank you so much for posting this beautiful story. I am so inspired and hope you will share other great examples of living life to the fullest in spite of whatever befalls us.

  7. Hi Barbara –

    As you know, Annie and I have been together for more than seven years now and I want to congratulate you

    for the production of this documentary video you made of her life. You captured her completely and honestly

    in this short portrayal – a most interesting, creative and inspirational story for people of any age but

    especially for those of us who are her contemporaries. Great work!


  8. Brava.
    Annie McGovern is an inspiration, and I’m so grateful to know her and to revisit her in this super video.
    Indeed–a woman who knows how to live!
    All blessings to you, Annie.
    You GO gal,
    with care,

  9. Brava, dear Annie! You will never be old, may you stay forever young. You’re my hero. What a joy to watch you in your beautiful life. Abrazos. M

  10. Hi, what a great, great idea.II’m having lunch with Annie soon She ‘s a remarkable person with a career
    that was spectacular! And continues to move forward in so many wonderful ways. I am also still busy writing having written and/or illustrated about 60 books. Amazon is buying one from the 1960’s no less.
    It made me feel that I’m still part of the book world. But I find this era a much more demanding time for authors
    to reach editors.

    Just listened to Annie’s story. She’s something else!

    The email is the one I’ve had for years

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