Are you laying low this holiday season like I am? Seeing a handful of relatives only after they have taken a Covid test? No longer wanting to go to Christmas concerts or to rush into a store to purchase that one last gift, I have time for more reflection and for reading Crow’s Feet.
by Alice Goldbloom, a touching tribute to her family holiday gatherings, helped me adjust to our new confined reality. Alice writes that when she learned later in life of her parents’ imprisonment and forced labor during World War Two, “I understood why she (my mother) wanted a quiet life and was happiest when she was in the kitchen or surrounded by her family overflowing around the dining table. I always thought she had settled for too little in her life; she probably felt like she had captured lightning in a bottle.” Feasting on Memories
I wish that all Crow’s Feet readers can find peace this holiday season, no matter where you are.
— Nancy Peckenham, Editor
Feasting On Memories . It’s that time of year. By Alice Goldbloom The Christmas Dilemma Is it Time to Re-think Christmas? Why I celebrate Solstice, a day of renewal. By Cindy Heath There’s a lack of trust in the U.S. and it all starts with Santa . We never recover from the trauma of learning that Santa isn’t real. By Tim Dibble Up Your Ass with Christmas . How I really feel about this wonderful time of the year. By Laura Culberg- Welcoming Opposites Another Pandemic Holiday . Will we ever get back to normal? By Nancy Peckenham Three Day Anti-Inflammatory Eating Plan to Improve the Festivities for Seventyish People . Or, Oh no, It’s seven days until Christmas and we already feel sick from eating cookies. By Jean Anne Feldeisen . Christmas Tipping He kept furtively looking over my shoulder to see if the garbage truck had come yet. By Brian Dickens Barrabee Snowed in at Christmas and Confronted by a Relative with a Gun . What would you do? By Ruby Lee Ageism Have You Unintentionally Internalized Ageism? Every Read Is a Rorschach Test. This One Just Might Tell You Something About Yourself — and Your Future. By Melinda Blau . Aging with Optimism Some of my friends clearly defy the stereotype of aging. By Mary McGrath What’s Age Got to Do with It? Why we can — and should, keep learning our entire life. By Cindy Heath How To Avoid Becoming an Invisible Retiree . Kicking ageism in the butt. By Carol Price The Ten Secrets to How I Stay Young . My surefire magic formula for eternal youth. By Julia E Hubbel You Gotta Laugh a Little Handbook of Small Indignities and Comic Relief . I love to watch the sitcom Grace and Frankie because of the comedic fuel normal aging provides. By Sharon Johnson Are You Driving As Slowly As I Am? When did I become a tortoise? By Mary McGrath Couples Therapy The Comfort Factor Unique to Long-Time Couples . Togetherness has its charms, along with its disadvantages. By Loren Lieberthal At Least You’re Not Full of S#@*! And other ramblings about healthcare in my “golden years.” By Nancy Franklin Is It Time to Sleep in Separate Rooms? Raise your hand if you sleep alone! By Mary McGrath Plan B The Flexibility of Age: You’d Be Surprised What We Can Do . I may not be able to touch my toes anymore, but can you do this? By Mary DeVries The Four Life Things I Changed Now That I’m In My Upper Sixties . It’s all about aging, and it’s not bad. By Lee J. Bentch I Just Found Out My New Tennis Ranking: I’ve Been Bumped Down . I’m actually pleased. The toll on my old body of playing at a higher level has been brutal. By Paul Goodman As a Senior It’s Okay to Go to Plan B . You are allowed to chuck Plan A without guilt. By Carole Olsen Moderation Is the Mantra . As you grow older, take it easy. By Ranjan Vee Retirement Thoughts The Dream of Retiring by the Beach in Mexico (and the Cost of Living) . I’m here right now, I know the cost of living firsthand. But is moving here permanently the right choice? By Brian Feutz Non-Monetary Compensation in the Workplace . The social network you gained for showing up. By Stuart Grant Pitchforks at the Door and Serpents in the Sewers . Your retirement savings are their targets. By Tim Dibble Hearing Loss What was that? Or . . . when deafness is distressing. By Patricia Ross Hearing Aids and Covid-19 Masks . Not meant for each other. By Stuart Grant On Death & Dying What My Cat Taught Me About Dying . One lesson about mortality: It helps if someone can help you. By Marie A Bailey Are We All Just Waiting To Die? Reflections on the impending death of another friend. By Mary Lou Heater Plan For Your Earthly Departure . Your loved ones can do without added stress. By Barb Dalton Breathless . Watching my mother decline. By Judah Leblang Practical Advice Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up . Caring for Elderly Parents. By Paula Robinson How to Mind the Gaps, which Are the Losses in Our Lives By . Richard Armstrong Ten Lessons My Father Taught Me About Being the Parent of Adult Children . Because he knew he had to let us find our own way in life. By Ruby Lee Best of the Rest . “The Marriage House” is a Cool Poem Because Our Marriage is a Cool Thing And we’re still building. By Jean Anne Feldeisen The Dog Ate My Baguette . I thought he was just pleased to see me. By Janice Macdonald I Miss Shopping . Especially the way it used to be. By Robin James Men Clueless About Pregnancy? Only women reacted to the joke. By Bill Myers Making Friends after Moving . You won’t believe the clubs I joined. By Jean Campbell The Things I Bought in 2021 That Are Unique to My Aging Lifestyle . But they don’t matter because NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has entered the sun’s atmosphere. By Lee J. Bentch Even Though My Neighbor Died Alone, He Lived in a House Made for a Family . I was sure surprised when I saw the interior of his house. By Ruby Lee