ODE TO GRAY by Michele Maggiora

Ode to Grey

A story about stopping the ritual of dyeing her hair, and letting it go gray . . .

Read her personal story, and many more, in the new book.
Released in August, 2022
Dare to be Fabulous: Follow the journeys
of daring women on the path to finding their true north 

“This book holds together the power women find when they are honest and courageous and truthful. Some of these stories moved me to tears, others made me believe in humanity again, many I could identify with. This book brought me tremendous joy, insight and brought me back to believe in the human spirit.”

~ JULIANNA MARGULIES, multiple award-winning actor and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life


Michele Maggiora stopped dyeing her hair shortly before turning 59 years old. “My writings often point to the political and social connections between sexism, racism and classism.” She currently lives in Mexico, and works as a mentor, writer, visual artist, poet, and photographer.

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  1. Hi, I came across a 1991 gourmet magazine with a request for a dessert from ‘Bellisimo” .
    To this day we continue to drive CA enroute to Oregon & overnight in Mt. Shasta.
    Our food memories always always go right to your old spot.
    I bought your book ‘The Liberated Gourmet’ on one of our visits!

    thanks for the many delicious memories,

    Mary Anne

  2. Michele,
    Found a recommendation for your design services on Berkeley Parents Network. Do you still do design work? Would be interested in working together with you. My giclee prints can be viewed on my website: http://www.greetingswithheart.com.
    Viktoria Vidali
    P.S. Well written article … I love my gray hair, too!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed your article. The part about Native women embracing their maturity brought tears to my eyes. I am a Native woman and even we need to be reminded of this from time to time.I am 41 and doingthe “dye” thing also. Mostly because of the comments I recieve from people once my hair grows out about 2 inches. They include, but are not limited to the in public, and in a very loud voice, “Oh my god, your hair is gray!” Why people feel the need to “inform” me of something I already know, is beyond me.

  4. Hi, I’ve been looking for relatives of Velma Maggiora. Are you her daughter? I got a lovely afghan she crocheted, at a thrift store here in San Francisco, a couple of years ago. It has her label in it. I wanted to give it back to her family if you want it. Alexandra Fiona Dixon, San Francisco – alexandra@t-hunts.com