2015 - Meet Mollee Kruger

2015 - Meet Mollee Kruger

A Ring House Resident Who Writes What She Knows

2015 Mollee Kruger in eNews“Write what you know,” Mark Twain advised aspiring authors, and Ring House resident Mollee Kruger does this with panache. Plumbing her Jewish roots for inspiration, she has become an award-winning poet, author of seven poetry collections, Washington Jewish Week columnist, author of light verse for Unholy Writ for 16 years, an essayist, playwright, and writing instructor. 

As a resident of Ring House, she has most recently published her memoir, The Cobbler’s Last: A True Story of Hard Times, War and the Journey of a Maryland Girl Who Lived over a Shoe Store on Main Street. Her current project: writing a novel set in a fictional semi-independent retirement community. 

For the record, Mrs. Kruger is listed in Who’s Who in America, on the same page as materials scientist Jerome Kruger, her beloved husband of 58 years who passed away in 2013. The Krugers moved to Ring House in 2008 to be in an independent-living environment where Dr. Kruger could navigate comfortably in a mobility scooter. They quickly embraced Ring’s other advantages: cultural programming, fitness center, trips to concerts and museums, and close proximity to synagogue and family. 

Still disciplined and productive, Mollee Kruger rises daily at 5:00 every morning, writes at her desk for an hour, spends 30 minutes on a treadmill before breakfast, and then returns to her apartment where she writes without distraction.  

Mrs. Kruger explains that her current book’s colorful characters gather regularly to gossip and swap observations with unguarded frankness and wit, to brag about grandkids, and to commiserate with each other over shared fears and frustrations, like having to give up driving, downsize from spacious homes to cozy apartments, and cope with the human condition. “This book has energized me,” she says. “It enables me to get certain feelings out of my system.”

“As a person who writes and needs some time for myself, Ring House fits my style,” notes Mrs. Kruger. She treasures the freedom to devote full attention to her craft without the interruption and annoyance of home maintenance tasks. You can find Mollee Kruger’s works in the Ring House library, at www.amazon.com, and in the University of Maryland's Special Collection, where, in addition, you can read about this author's distinguished career.  

To learn more about living at Ring House and how it might be the ideal residence in which to pursue your own passions, call 301.816.5052.   


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