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Quality of Life?  Start the New Year with this easy survey!

Quality of Life? Start the New Year with this easy survey!

There she stood just inside our front door with her hands on her hips. “You keep writing about other people’s After 50 stories.”, she said, “Mine is different and it deserves telling, too”.  Pushing past me she settled into a chair in our living room, said, “OK. Help me.” “OK. I’ll play.”, I said sitting down opposite Coleen. “Who are…

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Inspiration Might Be Sitting On Your Left

Inspiration Might Be Sitting On Your Left

I’ve just come back to the office from a deeply inspiring lunch meeting. For all our important work with “Seniors” and the services many of them need, I think we tend to carelessly lump then together, regularly falling into the trap of no longer seeing them as individuals and very, very bright people with full biographies. The fact is lots…

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The Return Of The 10’ Christmas Tree

The Return Of The 10’ Christmas Tree

Part One I admit it. By the time the boys were teenagers, my enthusiasm for decorating for the holidays, putting up a large Christmas tree, hanging lights on the house, and later taking it all down and putting it away again was so minuscule it could only be detected through a microscope. This was eventually followed by the day when…

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If You Are Going To Ask My Granddaughter A Question, Please Make It A Smart One

If You Are Going To Ask My Granddaughter A Question, Please Make It A Smart One

  There was a time, actually not so long ago, when we made choices and they stayed made.  We chose among a menu of options and decided on  just one.  We chose an employer, spouse, educational path, profession, home and community. We decided what our primary assumptions, preferences and loyalties were.   Once our choices were made it took a…

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SOME OF THE MANY FACES OF RETIREMENT

SOME OF THE MANY FACES OF RETIREMENT

There was a time when you said the word “Retirement” and everyone knew what it meant. There was a consensual definition and set of expectations that looked like this: You had worked for years, probably at the same company, reasonably assured that you could move “up the ladder” as the people above you retired or transferred and made room for…

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A Scandalous Request Of The Media And Ourselves

A Scandalous Request Of The Media And Ourselves

          Take a look at these words. What do they have in common? Scandal Crooked Discredited Narcissism Harassment Weapon Lie Defeat Abuse Hate Witchcraft Steaming Mess Satan Crackdown Helpless Farce Seduce Murder They are all part of recent media hyped headlines in print, broadcast and all forms of internet/social media. I started counting and keeping track…

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The After 50 Goal Shift – From Validation to OK Anyway

The After 50 Goal Shift – From Validation to OK Anyway

Aging, let it be acknowledged, seldom arrives in our lives all at once. Instead, it appears in large and small changes in our environment. I was recently on a crowded metropolitan bus and a very polite teenager stood up and offered her seat. At first I looked around to see where her gestures were directed and was flabbergasted to realize…she…

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I Do Therefore I Am With My Apologies to “The Reader”

I Do Therefore I Am With My Apologies to “The Reader”

Even for us it has been an extremely busy summer: My wife Linda’s work. My work. One to four granddaughters living with us over the course of six weeks. The new book in publisher review. Travel. Staying current with what’s being written in my field.   Sogetsu Ikebana. TV appearances. Attending to my own becoming which, as a human development…

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