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The Natural Decline of Ego in Aging

The ego - the "I" of the personality - is the part that wants to control and direct the show, make things turn out it own way, and be prized as special and love-worthy. It also takes responsibility for our survival and has a terrific fear of failure and death that actually supported our  Read More 
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Male Elders and the Work of Gender Reconciliation

Gender reconciliation is a movement with growing visibility and moral authority in the world today. Addressing all aspects of gender inequality here and around the world, it examines disparities of power, income, and social expectations between men and women in general, and the specific abuses of women in particular, including sexual exploitation and trafficking,  Read More 
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Ash Wednesday's Symbolism in Christianity and Aging

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the symbolic beginning of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. During Lent, believers similarly practice various forms of reflection, simplicity, penance, and prayer. Lent then leads up to Easter, recalling Jesus' death and resurrection.

These symbols are powerful in Christianity;  Read More 
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Finding the Courage to Age

You hear it all the time: "Aging is not for sissies." I've even found myself repeating that trite phrase, especially when things get really hard for a while. It's not fun or easy to care for your mother in dementia, to witness her death, to sit through your wife's frightening carotid surgery, to perform  Read More 
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Aging from Within

As I surf the web on aging, I am amazed by the imbalance between inner- and outer-focused websites. Inner-focused sites address the feelings, meaning and personal struggles of aging. Outer sites address practical issues like financial planning, the diseases of aging, physical and cognitive changes, mental health problems, retirement destinations, nursing homes, anti-aging strategies,  Read More 
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Following the Hero's Journey in Aging

The journey from the busy, multitasking middle years to the ripened wisdom of age represents a profound example of the archetypal Hero’s Journey described by famed mythologist Joseph Campbell. In this universal experience of transformation, the hero – you and me – is unexpectedly called to leave the familiar world of conventional identity and everyday  Read More 
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