Monthly Archives: October 2013

Value & Purpose: Where Are They In Your Story On Aging?

In A Long Bright Future Laura Carstensen talks about rewriting the story of aging, making age a thing of value and purpose rather than something to be avoided. We all tell ourselves stories, and those stories shape our future behavior. “I don’t want to get old.” “Old is a matter of how you feel.” “I’ll never be an old lady. ... Read More »

Fighting For Life

When you were a kid, did you ever listen to adults talk about how they would most like to die? I remember hearing over and over that my grandparents, aunts, and uncles would like to “die in my sleep.” Nobody talked about wanting to be rushed to the hospital where they might have IV’s, breathing tubes, feeding tubes, and other ... Read More »

Staying Connected to the World

Maybe I’m nuts (my family would say definitely), but when I was younger I thought it would be fun to be a hermit. Perhaps it would be nice to live like Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond. I’d just commune with nature, float through life in sync with the universe but all by myself. I’ve discovered through the years, however, ... Read More »

Reflections On Life

Thirty six years ago I was a circus clown. At the time, I thought I’d found my calling in life. I was passionate about clowning, passionate about making people forget their troubles for awhile and laugh. Life on the road was hard, though, and I drifted into other realms. For the past two weeks the Big Apple Circus has been ... Read More »