Finished Across the Years by Eleanor Porter. Porter's Pollyanna books are well known, but her others live in obscurity these days. This is a collection of short stories. The characters are elderly, or unappreciated, or lonely. When those around them open their eyes and realize their neglect events take a turn for the better. Many of the stories focus on what good intentioned family members think aging parents need vs. what aging parents truly want. A good study for anyone planning for their parents' golden years. This is a very gentle and old fashioned book. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading all that Porter wrote.