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Todays Gray Matters - Valuing the Wisdom & Purpose In Aging WellTodays Gray Matters | Valuing the Wisdom & Purpose In Aging Well

What Did The Doctor Say?

Elderly woman looks out her window smiling

We’re going to the  doctor. Can you take me to the doctor? I need to make an appointment with the doctor. Does this sound familiar? As my parents aged we took them to ever more medical appointments. Not only that, but we had to go to the hospital emergency room regularly. A common question we’d ask is, “What did the ... Read More »

Holiday Memories

Remember? How exciting it was to anticipate the magical days to come. For me, Christmas was one of the big ones. Oh, the excitement! Of course we had to decorate a tree. That wasn’t my favorite part. I wanted all blue lights. No, Marsha, for the last time, we cannot have all blue lights! The reason I heard so often ... Read More »

A Lifetime Of Living With Purpose

Fan presents Joan Baez flowers and thanks her for her stance on immigration at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC

When I was young I fell in love with the music of Joan Baez. I also admired her ardent support for the issues she held dear and her willingness to express herself in the best way she knew: music. I never got to see her in concert because I was less willing to contradict those around me who disagreed with ... Read More »

I Went To Get Office Supplies & This Happened…

Head shot of smiling woman wearing blue shirt.

Ever have one of those days? You know the kind: you start out with one thing in mind and end up doing quite something else. So here’s my story. This morning I went to a certain big box store to get some packing bubbles to wrap my Singer Featherweight sewing machine for shipping to be cleaned and serviced. Yes, that ... Read More »

Some Things Are Simply Beyond Imagination

It’s beautiful outside, unseasonably warm, bright and sunny. I’m in just the right frame of mind to see the circus under the big top on a grassy lot today but there isn’t one in town and I have work to do. On a day like this, however, it’s time for some humor instead of some heavy serious topic. Are you ... Read More »

Am I Getting Old?

I had one of those days the other day. It seemed like so many little things went wrong. Nothing was a big deal. Each mishap all by itself would have been nothing. Piling them all up in the course of a few hours, however, made me wonder about myself. Finally I decided to stop doing anything and just read so ... Read More »

Questions to Ask Before Your Mind’s on Drugs

Do you remember as far back as the 60’s, maybe even before, when “on drugs” was a negative term that usually involved illegal activity? Back then I pictured people on drugs as criminals, people lying around in a stupor until time to get their next fix. Unfortunately, I had a family member who fit this description so I saw “up close ... Read More »

Grandma Won? Hooray!

When I was growing up older people still often sat in their rocking chairs or on their porches and didn’t seem to do much of anything. At least, that’s how it looked to my child’s eyes. Of course I paid no attention to the fact that my grandmother had made breakfast for herself, my grandfather, and the six of us ... Read More »

Can You Imagine Dying? A Tribute & A Memory

  Do you have ideas about what it means to live well? Maybe you have a healthy lifestyle defined by exercise, enough rest, nutritious food, and the occasional vacation to recharge your batteries. Maybe your idea of living well is to indulge in favorite foods no matter what they are, to sit on the couch or in the recliner and ... Read More »