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The Will To Love

I have been thinking a lot about love recently. Why it is that we don't love better, deeper, longer, wider. Why we can't love our enemies. Why the world is stuck in the cycle of violence rather than a cycle of love. How to unlock the heart? Everyday the evening news brings reports of  Read More 
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The I Ching of Aging

I recently consulted the I Ching on aging. The I Ching (Book of Changes), as many of you know, is an ancient Chinese divination system predating recorded history. As an oracle, it is both profound and easy to use. My copy of this book with its instructions had been gathering dust on a top  Read More 
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The Challenge of Sharing My Journey

I recently had another one of those birthdays that mark that slow march through the "senior" years. This one didn't make much of an impact; it came and went. What did come to mind, however, was the legacy of my work. What have I accomplished in my books and articles? The answer, of course,  Read More 
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This Fertile Time of Aging

As I connect with more and more older people across the internet - bright, fascinating, creative people reinventing the idea and experience of aging, I grow evermore amazed. There is so much creativity going on these days! Symposia, websites, blogs, conferences, books, organizations - my head spins in this new and exciting landscape. But  Read More 
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Aging and the Loss of Ambition

In the second stage of aging, middle old age, we often begin to lose the ambition and goal orientation that focused and drove so much of life. Ego - the "I" that runs the show (or at least tries to run the show), begins to lose its power, like an engine running out of  Read More 

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The Three Secrets of Aging Revealed

The first wave of 76 million “Baby Boomers,” representing 28 percent of the American population, turned 65 in 2011 and they will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years more than their parents! – creating an entirely new stage of life. But what is this revolutionary longevity for? Just to get old and die? As  Read More 
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Finding a New Calling in Aging

Like every living organism, the psyche expands and differentiates as it is structured and meant to do. Spontaneous personality growth happens at every age following a natural cycle through the seasons of life. There are fertile and fallow times, times to sew and times to reap, and special kinds of growth in each season.  Read More 
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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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