I’ve lost my edge, writes Orrin Onken, and that’s just fine. He says that he has earned the right to sit out some of the great controversies of today.
Orrin shares a lot with other Crow’s Feet writers who are content to sit in the shade of a tree or beside a flower garden to contemplate what life has brought. Contemplate, then write stories that offer pearls of wisdom, humor and tips for getting the most out of life at any age.
Read on to find these jewels and before you go, be sure to check out the
latest Writing Prompt from Robin James who asks us to write about the best aspects of aging.
-Nancy Peckenham, Editor
What Matters Now Push the Envelope Somewhere Else . . . Please . I want to take a nap. By Orrin Onken Whose Dream Is This? Money isn’t the whole story. By Louise Foerster . Improving with Age I’m not the girl I use to be and I don’t think I’d want to be her again anyway. By Susan Nanfeldt Let The Good Times Roll While You’re Livin the Crazy Life . Fun times as a Senior Citizen. By Lee J. Bentch “I’m old, I don’t do that.” As I told the young librarian. By Micah Ward Reflections on Life Lessons . The Last Walk Seeing a loved one walk out the door for the last time. By Chris Thompson How Covid-19 and My Knee Saved Me from An Intolerable Ritual . Following behind a cortege took more courage than I had. By Verbieann Hardy Can You Really Go Home Again? Is it harder to move when you’re older? By Mary McGrath I’m Turning into My Mother . The older I get, the more I unwittingly adopt the habits and attitudes of my mother. By Susan Nanfeldt Once I Worked with a Renowned Artist . A story about an elder who never quit sharing with the world. By Warren Turner How To Have Old Lady Swag . A lesson in confidence inspired by hip hop culture. By M. Elizabeth Blair Culture is Changing Progress in Flannel Shirt Land . If you recognize the boots in the photo, you understand my title. Flannel Shirt Land is L.L. Bean country. By Barry Knister To Wear a Bra or Not Wear a Bra . And would … should … anyone care? By Marie A Bailey What’s With These Hair Trends? And now, hairy pits on women are popular! By Mary McGrath . I’m Shallow and So Are You Supposing truth is a manicure, what then? By Jean Campbell Living Life from Scratch . How getting back to basics creates mindful living. By Laurel Vespi Experian, Transunion and Equifax are Dead to Me Now. I’m retired. I don’t need your damn credit ratings. By Orrin Onken . By I might be sorry or maybe not Is Old Age Making Me Ranty? Catherine Dunn Retirement The Tao of Retirement . The first rule of the Tao is nobody talks about the Tao. By The Recovering Educator . The Countdown Diary Tales on the road to retirement. By Chris Raymond Retire Here on $2000 Monthly or Less #1 : Shreveport, Louisiana By . Mel Schlesinger One Year Retired — A Retrospective . Expenses, surprises, accomplishments, and failures — what I’ve learned, and what I’m expecting to face in the coming years. By Brian Feutz We Retired Early — Here’s What our Financial Planner Said at the end of Year 1 . Here’s one key to ensuring financial success in retirement that many don’t do. By Kim Kelly We Have Moved Like Gypsies Since We’ve Retired . Both my husband and I retired from our careers early. By Carole Olsen Retirement on the Cheap #3 . Continuing to look for ways to make the money stretch. By Tim Dibble . 5 Tax-Efficient Ways to Save Money on Long-Term Care Coverage Can you cover a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar financial catastrophe? If not, this one’s for you. By Opher Ganel Humor Signs You May be Getting Old . Although your mileage may vary. By David Martin The Fine Art of Communication Among Seniors . How we speak and sound to those who know us well. By Loren Lieberthal Walmart is the New LA Fitness . If you hate exercise, there is a better way. By Jean Campbell Everything is Falling . But better than……. By Pat Romito LaPointe I’m Becoming a Senior Cinderella . But for me, 9 p.m. is the new midnight. By Susan Nanfeldt Open for Business: Old Coots Giving Advice . Summer ushers in farmer’s market season . Lots of booths fill the market, and one of the most interesting at my hometown… By Meryl Baer As Retirees, We Don’t Have to be Fashionistas Anymore . I just finished laughing about an article I read in a popular magazine. It’s about fashion secrets personal stylists won’t tell you. By Carole Olsen How Can You Stand Your Wife? This was the question my mother asked her brother at a family barbecue. By Brian Dickens Barrabee The Calculus of Complaining . How to know when to pursue that consumer complaint. By David Martin Health & Wellness Sex After 60 (and Seven Ways to Curl Your Toes) . Sixty is the new twenty — there’s no such thing as “normal.” — and a cuddle or two can save your life. By Brian Feutz Four Foolproof Ways to Sleep Better . Stop relying on tired internet advice. By Jean Campbell Paxlovid: Miracle Drug or Poison? Pfizer’s new COVID drug gets mixed reviews. By Joyce O’Day Covid: The Price we pay for Living Joyful Lives . Is getting sick our punishment for living with abandon? By Beth Bruno Week 4 of Covid and Cough, Cough, Cough! It’s not over until it’s over, and your mileage may vary. By Deb Groves Harman Do Pendulum Probiotics Work? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US and, in 2019, according to the CDC, the greatest number of people who were… By Lauren Lynn Bradley By What if there is no forest nearby? Forest Bathing: A Walk in the Forest for Your Mind and Body. Rhonda Carrier