Sitting around a table is not just a way of passing time.
It is the way the wisdom gets passed along.
~  Rachel Naomi Remen

Aging in Community News

In a 2011 New Yorker article called “Social Animal,” David Brooks writes, “Research over the past thirty years makes it clear that what the inner mind really wants is connection . . . Joining a group that meets just once a month produces the same increase in happiness as doubling your income.”

How You Can Get In On the Home-Sharing Economy

Multigenerational Homes That Fit Just Right

Ode to Personal Support Workers (PSW’s)

Intentional Communities – Spirituality & Practice

Aging with Spirit News

Death Cafes Serve up Life and Death Conversations

Films on Aging

Ten Best Aging films 

TimeGoesBy – old age films

Writing Exercise

This exercise for writing about life memories is adapted from Alexandra Johnson’s book:  Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal.

Make three lists linked to your life: 10 dates (significant years in your life), 10 places, 10 people.  Then review your list to reduce to 4 items in each list. Finally, choose one year, one place, and one person.

Write creatively about these three, seeking for connections among them.

When I did this exercise last week, I was led to consider for the first time how a longtime friend and I went through similar experiences – leaving our academic positions for elsewhere — though for different reasons and in different decades.  The process of writing about those years led me to a deeper understanding about how our friendship stood both of us in good stead during our transitions.

Conferences and Requests for Submissions

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With this shadow photo, I bid you adieu

Ellen