Growing older, we can get lost in a sea of memories, remembering the good times and the lessons that were seared into our brain by a random, formative incident.
This week, we kick off the Crow’s Feet digest with some of these recollections, and follow that up with a popular topic this summer: getting together with old friends and families. We have more stories on staying healthy and enjoying retirement, as well as a half dozen pieces that flowed from the latest
Crow’s Feet Writing Prompt about the best aspects of aging.
So, get a cool drink, find some shade and dig in!
— Nancy Peckenham, Editor
Becoming Historic: What I’ve learned in my seven decades on the planet . By Judah Leblang Like Riding a Bike . Lifelong reverberations of moments written on the body. By Deborah Batterman Old Friends & Family Can an 83-Year-Old Man be an Orphan? My parents are now my ancestors. How can that be? By Warren Turner Two Old Friends, on Highway 71 . The years melted away like the pastries we ordered. By Paul Gardner Don’t Call Us The Golden Girls, Sweetie Darling. We Were Edwina & Patsy, Off To Budapest . Where Thermal Baths Bubbled, The Food Was Good And . . . Those Of A Certain Age Could Enjoy Free Boat Rides Down The Danube. By Janice Macdonald Things I Miss About Being a Kid . “Here I come to save the day!” By Judy Millar Do I Still Sound Like My Mother? Pondering the vagaries of an inherited accent.By Sue Dockstader Family Gathering . The annual event. By Catherine Dunn Time Stops for OBX Beach Bums . The I-95 Road Warriors are always happiest while headed to the Outer Banks. By Brooke Ramey Nelson A Call from My Sister . A strange thing happened after my sister passed away…By Mary McGrath Do You Want Your Husband to Cuddle Up with You Like the Good Ole Days? Stay in a room that is just above freezing! By Ruby Lee The Gradual Shift in a Family’s Dynamics. As seniors with grandchildren, you should relate to this. By Carole Olsen The Power of Aging Together . Sing-along sessions bring old friends together each week. By Rhonda Carrier . My Husband Sounds Like a Broken Record to My Grandson Yesterday, my grandson, Danny, was helping my husband hang a window in the house. For some reason, this triggered my husband’s memory of… By Carole Olsen Points of View The World is full of Negative Nellies . Don’t Be One of Them. By Roz Warren I Don’t Know a Damn Thing about Crypto . And I’m keeping it that way. By Roz Warren Don’t Call Me Senior . Call me a citizen. By Jan M Flynn Are You Ever Too Old To Get a Dog? I hope not! By Anne Emerick I Envy My Dog . I envy my dog because he knows how to relax and I don’t. By Soozie Campbell Health & Wellness 12 Crucial Lessons Learned From Coordinating Eldercare . I’m on my third iteration of managing care for an aging parent. By Audree Thurman Aww, Kale NO! Osteoporosis and Osteopenia have invaded the sacred space and my dining will never be the same. By Tim Dibble My Family Will Fall Apart Without Me . And I won’t be here forever. By O rrin Onken . First Visit Never returning. By Pat Romito LaPointe The Opportunity of Covid . Every so often I need to be knocked on my ass. By The Recovering Educator Covid Means Meeting My Husband on the Front Porch for Coffee. How we are coping. By Beth Bruno . The Time Falling Bodies Take to Learn Adventures of walking a scrounging dog.By Trisha Ready Keeping in Touch . Socialization is healthy for old age. By Gerad Carrier Standing Naked in Front of My Dermatologist . Nothing left to hide. And it was ok.By Jo Saia I Got Scammed With A Bogus Medical Bill In The Mail! Seniors have enough legit bills to worry about without dealing with a scammer! By Ruby Lee I Thought Cataracts Only Happened When you Became a Senior! Either I was completely wrong, or else I’ve become a senior. By Ruby Lee The Lost Ten Pounds . Although they’re easy to find. By David Martin Pesky Nose Hairs Gone Rogue . And other ponderings on personal hygiene. By Rand Bishop Getting Better While Getting Older . My goal is to be fitter at 60 than I was at 50. By Sharon Flesher Retirement . Remarkably Plenty What’s To Miss Working Nine to Five? When retirement begins, the unexpected predominates our thinking. By Richard Armstrong I Will Never Retire from Work, and I’m Happy About It . No rocking chair and TV for me. By L.A. Strucke In Retirement, I Want to Be My Cat . The privileged life of a royal feline is sublime, and now that I’ve learned all his secrets I’ll use them to purrfect my retirement.By Brian Feutz Senior Privilege . There are things I refuse to do now that I’m retired. By Susan Nanfeldt Retire Here on $2000 or Less, #2 . Lake Charles, Louisiana By . Mel Schlesinger Retirement on the Cheap #4 . Staying active and engaged while financially frugal. By Tim Dibble Selling Time . What’s your price? By The Recovering Educator Writing Prompt — Best Part of Aging Welcome to the Rest of Your Life . Prompt: The best aspects of aging. By Ann Litts The Three Things I Appreciate About Aging . A reflection on the past, present, and future. By Lee J. Bentch The Number One Best Aspect of Aging By . The Recovering Educator Dubious Freedom In My 80’s By . Warren Turner . By The Best Aspects of Aging Catherine Dunn What I Love Most About Aging .By Lisa Alexander Ten things I like about growing older By . Richard Armstrong Looking Back A Letter to my Younger Self . How did I not see you back then? By Jo Saia I Imagined Differently Forty Years Ago . A more welcoming world for my children was what I hoped for. By Catherine Dunn My Nighttime Drive with Paul Newman . Powerhouse ABC Radio was doing an on air fund raiser for New York’s Fresh Air Fund. By Brian Dickens Barrabee Camelot, Our Brief Shining Moment . Vanessa Redgrave, Guinevere, and 60s Love. By Sharon Johnson Best of the Rest Stay Young: Keep Learning! How I Feel a Bit Like a Teenager. By Margie Hord de Mendez Might the Pope Join Medium? I seldom agree with the good Pope Francis, although we do share a name. (It’s spelled with an ‘i’ for the Franks of the world; Frances is… By FranMorelandJohns Sex in the Laundromat . The human genus displays its drive to carry on the current species in the strangest ways in the most unlikely places.By Brian Dickens Barrabee Loneliness My Old Friend . It visited me today. By Carole Olsen Gerontophobia Is The Fear Of Getting Older . And they say it is on the rise. By M. Elizabeth Blair Three Fun, Free Things To Do With Grandchildren . Beat the rising cost of toys and games with easy, no-cost activities that don’t involve screens. By Janice Harayda Embracing Retirement-Mountain Biking in the Summer . Volume 21-Biking is a Great Way to Enjoy the Summer. By Dan Pfeifer Who Will Clean Up the Mess After I Die? The thought haunts me. By Jill Reid You Need An Urban Garden . Amidst the hectic activity all around, flowers will help you bloom. By Warren Turner How Liberal Studies Helped Me Create a Multi-Million Dollar Business . And why Liberal Studies is more than just a learning exercise. By Michael Werner . When I’m Not Me Who am I? By Pat Romito LaPointe Truth or Lie? Tell us your story and play along… By Mary McGrath Listen to the Crow’s Feet podcast and meet some of the engaging authors whose work appears in this publication: Jan M. Flynn, Lee J. Bentch, Nancy Peckenham, Jean Feldeisen and Warren Turner. On August 10th, podcast host Betsy Allen, a Crow’s Feet editor, will introduce you to Melanie Chertoff, a well-known actor who found true love for the first time at 64.