It’s mid-August, six months away from Valentine’s Day and perhaps a good day to inject a little love. It’s on the mind of writers who are remembering the love between their parents, recalling how they were swept by early love and praising the fine dance developed by long-term partners. Crow’s Feet
Life is not all hearts and roses for
writers, however, and you will find several stories in this week’s digest that remind us of the daily challenges we face. Not least is the challenge of ageism, which 83-year-old Ramona Griggs knows all too well: Crow’s Feet
“We aren’t asked to join in or to help out, and we certainly can’t
work. We’re seen as too fragile now, too precious, or too uncomfortable to be around. Our advanced age makes us different.” Ramona pours cold water on these ageist stereotypes, her own life a testament to all she and others in their 80s and 90s have to offer.
Read her story and more below.
My Father Lived Too Long For One Reason : He loved my mother so much. By Rand Bishop In 1974 I Met My Wife in a West Texas Photo Darkroom and Amazing Things Developed . A Texas love story worthy of sharing. By Lee J. Bentch You Get Better at What You Practice. Sex Included. And how often do you swipe right and why? Catherine Dunn Reflections Aging Brings Goodbyes . But also hellos. By Robin James When The Future Is Loss . What do we do with our fear and grief over crises common sense tells us are on the way? By Lisa Wathen I Don’t Want a Perfect Life . I’m ok with average. By Micah Ward This Seventyish Woman Can be Found in Many Flavors, Like Ice Cream . What flavor are you? By Jean Anne Feldeisen Right Now, the World Needs Someone Like my Mother Alive to Help Care for Everyone Else . And maybe I’ve been nominated. By Jean Anne Feldeisen Finding Inspiration in Real People . After a lifetime of reading self-improvement maybe it’s time to just look around. By The Recovering Educator By Is it normal not to mind your own business when you get old, or is it just me? Locked in Combat, Grimly Circling the Drain. The Recovering Educator Medium- A New Springtime in an Old Bird’s Life . As a new Medium writer, I thought this would be a breeze.By Carole Olsen DEATH: Are you ready? No, this is not one of those pieces about heaven and hell. By Dena Nielson Aging You May Be Ageist If… Most stories about ageism aren’t written by the aged. This one is. By Ramona Grigg A Farewell Party For My Youth . Do we really want to go back in time? By David Martin Some Milestones are Meant to be Celebrated, and Some Should be Pitched Out the Door . Whether we like it or not, the big picture keeps getting smaller every day. By Jill Reid Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me When I’m 64? A quick walk down memory lane and what that means for all of us right here, right now. By Julia E Hubbel Now and Then . The challenges of aging: On Facebook and beyond. By Judah Leblang Knowing When The Party’s Over . Saying goodbye to my hard drinking days. By Barry Knister Humor I May Have an Unhealthy Relationship with Making Money . I perseverate on ways to make money. Money that I don’t need. By Orrin Onken Desperately Seeking . Someone to help with the recyclables. By Dorothyanne Brown Traveling While Old . Leaving home without your pillow is asking for trouble. By Jean Campbell The Work of Wisdom . “Pee when you can..” By Tom Phillips By Why, oh why didn’t I take pictures? Can I blame age? If You Don’t Document It, Did It Really Happen? Mary DeVries Retirement I Finally Love Being Retired! Here are some of the reasons why I don’t miss working. By Ruby Lee A Little Bit of Retiring is Better Than Nada . A day in the life of a semi-retired guy. By Lee J. Bentch How to Park the Car When You’re Retired . When did parallel parking become so difficult? By Mary McGrath Adjusting to and Enjoying Your Retirement-A Series . Volume 3-There’s Nothing Like a Sunday, Make it Special. By Dan Pfeifer Identity Can I Be Me Again and Not Just Someone’s Mother? Reclaiming myself after four decades living with my kids. By Catherine Dunn My Role as “Just a Mom” and the Need to be Far More . Who am I and how do I want to be remembered?”By Jackie Madden Haugh I’m Surrounded by Critics . Oh, the joys of parenthood when your children feel they know what’s best for you.By Jackie Madden Haugh Grandparenting Granddad, Tell Me a Real Story . And make it accurate, passionate and emotional. By Lee J. Bentch For Both of Us — To Carry on Where Someone Left Off. Why sleep when you get to hold a treasure in your arms. By Jackie Madden Haugh . By A Grandmother’s Mission Living by Example, Not Words. Jackie Madden Haugh “I’m Watching You! And What a Joy it Has Been.” While we keep our eyes on children for their safe keeping, remember they are watching us too. By Jackie Madden Haugh Health and Wellness In Sickness and in Healthcare . My husband just had a quadruple bypass. By Greta Dias My Social Life Centers Around Going to the Doctor . Sorry, can’t make it, I have a doctor’s appointment. … By Mary McGrath Plan B: Trying to breathe and sleep in my sixties. By Judah Leblang Getting Older Brings You Different Perspectives on Life . Instead of waiting for that call from a special someone, you instead wait to see if you can poop. By Ruby Lee The Best of the Rest The Death of our Planet is in Sight . I don’t fear my own demise, but that of the world around us. By Catherine Dunn I Can Delay Gratification; Does That Make Me Old? The Millennial generation has had to delay gratification the least of any. By Brian Dickens Barrabee 60 Trips Around the Sun . WOW! By Jean Crawford Evans For Richer, For Poorer . Almost 28 years married. By Jean Crawford Evans Road Trip Reflections . Our first road trip in 30 years without kids. By Eric Milch If You Can’t Trust The Neighbor Who Lived Next Door To You All Of Your Life Then Who Can You Trust? The loss of innocence stays with you. By Ruby Lee