The Realistic Optimist

A Collection of Essays

by Ellie Bushweller


Book Details

Explore the Human Condition with Insightful, Humorous Essays

Walk with the Realistic Optimist as she takes a close-up, personal view of the everyday lives, joys, and concerns of people across time. This book is a collection of essays on a variety of topics impacting the daily lives of others. Some stories are poignant, some humorous, some informative and thought-provoking—with topics ranging from animal antics, family concerns, the pros and cons of advancing technologies, the lasting value of friendships, ordinary people taking extraordinary actions, the joys and challenges of aging, and more. The Realistic Optimist reflects the author’s spirit and philosophy, with personal essays filled with inspiration, compassion, hopefulness, and a healthy dose of humor!


About the Author

Ellie Bushweller

Ellie Bushweller has a BS in Nursing and an MS in Counseling. She is also a freelance writer who has previously published in several magazines and is the author of a children’s book, which was published in 2008. Her years of working in both the nursing and counseling professions gave her many opportunities to interact with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Now retired, Ellie lives with her husband in Vermont and has three adult sons and eight grandchildren.