Ex-newscaster's 'moonbeams' illumine middle-age richness

November 04, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

In her latest book, Susan White-Bowden shares the moments when moonbeams have brightened her darkest hours.

A 5-year-old grandchild's drawing of blackness streaked with light gave the collection of recollections its title.

"Emily called her picture, 'Moonbeams Come at Dark Times,' " she said. "I looked into her angel-like face and realized that she had been such a moonbeam in my life and borrowed her title."

The book, which was two years in the writing, has had an initial printing of 5,000 copies.

Turning 50, changing careers, having grandchildren, and coping with her own health crisis evolved into more chapters.

The message in the book is, make every day count. The death of her 17-year-old son several years ago made her realize how precious life is, she said. A recent battle with a critical illness reinforced her appreciation for life.

"We don't ever know what is around the corner," she said.

When she left her job at WMAR-TV four years ago, the transition from a highly visible career and a good salary was difficult.

"I felt like I dropped out and wasn't living up to the progress women had made," she said. "I came to realize I had a new freedom."

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