Crow’s Feet readers and contributors are at the stage of life when they are looking for fulfillment after decades spent at work. In her piece below, Katharine Esty, a retired psychotherapist, says it’s important to find a purpose that is uniquely right for you. Jean Crawford Evans has found her purpose, to try and bring a smile to people’s faces as often as possible. Orrin Onken is experimenting right now, finding fulfillment this holiday season as a cookie baker.
I’ve found my purpose for the moment as the editor of
Crow’s Feet and I’m happy to share this week’s stories that tackle once again the challenges and pleasures of life as we age.
-Nancy Peckenham, Editor
What Makes for a Good Life After Working? Reflections on My Recent Retirement. By Katharine Esty PhD I Am a Man of Constant Hobbies . Writing for Medium is one of them. By Orrin Onken We Love Making People’s Days Surreal and Happier . It really doesn’t take that much. By Jean Crawford Evans My First Year in France, Recalling a Day When Nothing Went Right . Should I have listened to the warnings? By Janice Macdonald When I’m an Old Lady… A Reflection on Aging in the Wake of my 78th Birthday. By Melinda Blau So, It Turns Out That Our Neighbor Who Died Alone Without Family Was Also a Millionaire . It was a surprise to everyone. By Ruby Lee Aging Turned Me into Sea Glass . Experience has a way of dulling the sharp edges. Most of us discover this as we advance in years. By Brian Dickens Barrabee Facing Mid-Life I Can’t Find my Face on the Internet . Where did middle-aged women go? By Amy Sea My Take on What It Means to Be a Woman in Her 50s . I say this every decade, but I think 50s might be the best one yet. By Glad Doggett || Reader. Writer. Wanderer. Gone But Not Forgotten Ode To My Mother on Her 75th Birthday . Gone but not forgotten. By Mary Lou Heater The Calendar Gift From a Ghost . A sign from beyond this realm. By Mary Lou Heater Visiting the Elderly . Visiting older family or friends is something that happens in most people’s lives. By John Douglas Hoge Holiday Musings I’m Dreaming of a Lonely Christmas Just Like the One We Had Last Year . Richard Armstrong Now Comes the Time of Year Dieters Love to Hate — Festive Food and Plenty of Physical, Social, and… My plan is to duplicate the picture at the end. By Jean Anne Feldeisen I’m Too Old to Put Up the Christmas Tree . It’s just too much trouble…By Mary McGrath What Does Advent Require? It’s more than preparation. By Bruce Stambaugh Five Things This 70-Something Hopes For : 2022 By . Linda C Smith Health & Wellness I Should Go to a Dentist, but I’d Rather Drive to Omaha . If you can solve this pain puzzle, I’ll pay in chocolate and wine. By Jean Campbell . Heart Repair Surgery You can’t know Everything your body will go through. By Colleen Hannegan Frailty, Falls, and Muscle Loss are not a Mandatory Part of Aging . I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore! By Cindy Heath Juggling Age’s Insults and Inevitabilities: How Preparation and Good Humor Ensure Mastery . The words “older athlete” don’t get you much on Unsplash. By Julia E Hubbel Twenty-five Pounds of Force . Or how much pressure does it takes to break your ankle? By Ann Litts The Purpose of Pain . Not even this remains the same. By Randy Fredlund Future-Proofing Our House for Old Age . Today marks the nearing of the end of the renovations and improvements that my husband and I planned. We are taking a pragmatic view on the… By Carol Price At Our Age, An Important Warning . Falling is a serious matter for us elders. By Warren Turner Humor The Future of Health Care? What if there were another way to deal with the aging process? Imagine this. By Mary McGrath I was Stalked by an Old Elf on the Shelf . Then he stole my heart and everything else. By Carole Olsen Fewer Clothes Make the Man . Retirement transforms my daily wardrobe. By David Martin Viagra Falls . Drug antidotes for overdosing boomers. By David Martin Best of the Rest Hey, Retirees, There’s an Easy Way to Cut Scams from Emptying Your Bank Account . The scammers are prying on us old-timers. By Richard Armstrong Dealing With Social Security During a Pandemic has Been a Pain in the Butt . What you can learn from our mistake. By Ruby Lee Grandparents: Where Do You Stand on Tattoos and Piercings? Does the young woman in the photo remind you of a member of your family, or of someone you know? Daughter, granddaughter, niece, neighbor? By Barry Knister The Smugness of Aleksandr the Sharpshooter . Diary of an older gamer. By Carol Price