The Elder in the Room

I was doing some training for a large company this week on time management. The people I was training were in very high stress jobs, and they felt that they had no control over their time because of the demands of the company. I could completely relate to their experience, having been in similar environmentsContinue reading “The Elder in the Room”

Learning to be a Grandparent

When I first spoke to Dr. Bob Saul in February of this year, I was very curious about his messages about raising good citizens. My interest expanded after conversations with my teenage grandchildren. In their young lives, they have experienced the pandemic, gun violence in schools, the insurrection on the Capital, and the proliferation ofContinue reading “Learning to be a Grandparent”

The Gift of Difficult Conversations

The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “as a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process, a reality that I accept will occur as long as I remain in this earthly existence, knowing that I cannot escape it. I see no point in worrying about it. I tend to think of death as beingContinue reading “The Gift of Difficult Conversations”

Evolving through retirement

I loved Serena Williams explanation of how she sees her next act. Williams indicated her intention to retire in a Vogue article in early August, saying she was “evolving away from tennis.” Retirement coaches and the media have been struggling with what to call the new retirement. Longevity of 20+ years post career has madeContinue reading “Evolving through retirement”

How do you feel about aging?

What do you think about aging? It’s better than the alternative, right? I started listening to Dr. Becca Levy’s new book, “Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Well and How Long You Live.”  She is a leading researcher on the psychology of successful aging. Her research shows the connection betweenContinue reading “How do you feel about aging?”

Who is Listening?

In 1977 NASA launched Voyager I and Voyager II to fly by Saturn and Jupiter, collecting data that has increased scientists’ knowledge of those planets and our solar system. In 2012, Voyager I reached interstellar space, making it the most distant human-made object in existence. Both spacecraft carry a “time-capsule” called The Golden Record, aContinue reading “Who is Listening?”

The Tragedy of Life

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin living it.” W.M. Lewis We go through stages in our life. As young children our job is school and learning. Once we are in college, we are starting our adult lessons as well as preparing forContinue reading “The Tragedy of Life”

Long-Ago Friends – My Walkabout with Susan

I had not seen Susan in person in over 35 years. We had worked together at Digital Equipment Corporation in Alpharetta, GA before it began downsizing and was eventually sold. At the time, we both had two young children, one boy and one girl each. Susan was married, I was in a relationship, so weContinue reading “Long-Ago Friends – My Walkabout with Susan”

Literacy, librarians and labels

Shhh! That is the sound of the librarian when you are caught talking.  Before my walkabout with Prudence, that was my stereotype of librarians. The label I gave librarians was quiet, demure people who loved books. It is true that Prudence loves books. It is also true that she speaks quietly. But she is passionateContinue reading “Literacy, librarians and labels”

What I learned in culinary camp

I didn’t go to culinary camp. My 15-year-old grandson did, and I got to enjoy the results. Being a grandmother is one of the greatest joys of my life and it can be challenging. Like parenting except you are not their parent and you don’t see them regularly, so you get to know them anewContinue reading “What I learned in culinary camp”

Climb to Glassy Mountain – walkabout #10

Annie is the one person I have been friends with for close to 40 years. We have known each other since our children were in the 1st and 2nd grades. Even though we have not lived close most of that time, the friendship has endured. Being with her is like coming home. It is soContinue reading “Climb to Glassy Mountain – walkabout #10”

Who are you now? The importance of purpose

Every article about roles and transition starts with a recitation of all the roles and/or transitions the author has gone through. This story is not about me (until later). This story is about some of the people I have worked with or known, as they were going through transitions. One of the stories is notContinue reading “Who are you now? The importance of purpose”

What can we do as elders?

I am a grandmother, and my heart is breaking for the families in Uvalde, TX. I am a grandmother, and I cannot imagine how my children and grandchildren are processing another school shooting. I cannot imagine parents worrying about sending their children to school. School is supposed to be a safe place for children. AndContinue reading “What can we do as elders?”

Defining our Choices – Walkabout #9

Holly is my web designer and we had been trying to catch up for our walkabout for probably 6 weeks. Something kept getting in the way and it was delightful to meet Holly and Daisy in Falls Park last Friday. Holly and I met about 9 months ago for coffee in Flat Rock, NC. WeContinue reading “Defining our Choices – Walkabout #9”

Trust Your Instincts and Carry Water

Walkabout #8 We were on a mission, to find the pond at The Star Fort – Ninety Six National Historic Site, a revolutionary battlefield in Greenwood County, SC. The last time we had walked this site, the trail to the pond was closed. I thought I had a good remembrance of where the trail toContinue reading “Trust Your Instincts and Carry Water”