I call them the October Years -- that special time of life when sixty and seventy describes us.                                           

October Years are a time when our priorities are changing and so are we. We face a landscape of new circumstances and unforeseen challenges---where tried and trusted answers may no longer apply and it sometimes seems that life is coming at us from a totally different direction.


In the face of new and unexpected obstacles long-held assumptions about the course of our October Years may have to change. Some of us, alone for the first time in decades, will find ourselves poised on the verge of a Geriatric Adolescence---surprised to learn that the youthful dreams we were so sure we had outgrown still have a hold on us. 


These Tanner Chronicles stories tell of real people dealing with real life. Fact is, there is nothing more "real" than the October years.

 Gil Stewart




  • SOMETHING NEW -- On the left sidebar you will find the first chapters of all eleven Tanner Chronicle stories. Just click on each title to read the beginning of that story. While there check out the Hidden History entry. It's a new, non-fiction guide to early Central Willamette Valley settlement---including several day trips in the area.

  • While you are here please check out October Years - Writer's Blog
  • And take a moment to visit my Amazon Author's Page , which lists all of THE TANNER CHRONICLES paperbacks and ebooks, as well as bio information.  
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The October Years noted above are the ground I till in The Tanner Chronicles---stories set in Tanner,Oregon, a place that happens to look a lot like my home town. Each of these tales shines a light on a particular part of the Tanner population---those who have reached their October or November years. (I refuse to let ‘December’ describe me.)

That universe of aging, often solitary survivors is larger than you might think. And though they are a disparate bunch, each of them has spent decades dealing with life "up close and personal," creating experiences that lend depth and texture to their stories.

You'll meet the lonely ones---seeking the "someone" who can help him or her overcome the emptiness of life lived alone. Some, confronting those "first time" feelings for the second time, will be as timid and confused as teenagers. Others will find that "geriatric adolescence" surprisingly familiar.

Others will be coping with life-changing circumstances they had not seen coming---a spouse's infirmity, financial realities that threaten their very relationship, or couples torn apart by incompatible priorities.

I invite you to visit these inhabitants of Tanner's senior side to see how they deal with their own October reality. Who knows, you may meet someone you know, perhaps someone who looks a lot like you.

All these stories are available in paperback and ebook on Amazon. Just use the "Author's Page" link listed in Other Tanner News.

Finally, if you’re the kind who does such things, I urge you to share this website to someone you know who might be interested in reading about Tanner and its October inhabitants. If you read any of these stories I hope you’ll consider leaving a review on the book’s Amazon page. They tell me those are helpful (at least the good ones) to prospective purchasers.