We’re back this week with a feast of new writing about how we view life as we age. Our views are diverse.
Some of us are angry that rights we won fifty years ago are being taken away by the Supreme Court. Others are thinking back over that same half-century and remembering the little things that still bring us joy (responses to the nostalgia writing prompt.)
In these stories you may recognize your own experiences: a tender moment with a grandchild or an new ache or pain that has to get checked out. It’s unlikely that anyone else had the experience of Roz Warren when she literally saved someone’s life.
a new writing prompt yesterday that is sure to provoke a slew of stories about the many faces of ageism in society today. Thanks to Robin James for overseeing our series of prompts!
And before I go, I invite you to meet Crow’s Feet writer Lee J. Bentch in Episode #2 of the new Crow’s Feet Podcast. Lee is a widower and lives in Texas with his daughter and five grandchildren. He says their presence is life-affirming and he finds humor in his role as cook for the entire brood.
Until next week,
Reflections on Life I’m 65 — Am I Officially ‘Old’? The pandemic has further ‘othered’ people no longer considered young, no matter how they feel. By Vicki Larson Small Kindnesses Create Big Rewards for the Giver, the Receiver, and the People Looking On. I want to join a fellow Crows feet writer Warren Turner in keeping a list of small ways we can take action to improve society. By Jean Anne Feldeisen It Is 3 am: What Are You Doing? I’m thinking about my friend the Nurse, my wife’s final moments, and the story I need to write. By Lee J. Bentch Overtaken By Joy . A lunch date gave me a glow of happiness for days. By Jean Bay Wiley Watching a Handsome Fellow Take a Bath . One of the pleasures of retirement. By Deborah Barchi Tears for An Elephant/Tears for Myself . Lessons learned from an aging elephant. By Jo Saia I’m Pretty Much D-O-N-E . There’s just no time to do everything! By Kris Heim I am the Queen of the Castle . The light side of an empty nest. By Jacqui Smith The Most Depressing Thing About Getting Older . #10 Ageism in our society. By L.A. Strucke Turning the Clock Back I’m Grieving For the Country I’ve Lost . Even though I haven’t left it. By Jan M Flynn Hypocrites Infect Our Life . Life improved in many ways, especially for women, during the 20th century. But there was always a minority afraid of change. By Meryl Baer By What other freedoms will be taken away from us? Roe vs. Wade-What’s Next? Mary McGrath Matters of Life & Death I Just Saved Someone’s Life! It’s Easy If You Know How. By Roz Warren My Greatest Fear Is Not Dying. It’s Dying Slowly. And what I’m doing about it. By Ilana Rabinowitz Ways Not to Die . At least avoid embarrassment in death. By David Martin The Benefits of Having a Paid Companion . Where do I sign up? By Bev Potter Humor Rocking Chair Diaries . What better way to deal with the aging process than by making fun of it? By Mary McGrath My First Eviction Was a Squirrel . I should have known I was destined to go into the real estate business. By Brian Dickens Barrabee I Crashed into My Own Car . And discovered how emotionally fragile I was the next morning. By Brian Dickens Barrabee Nostalgia Writing Prompt Childhood By . Greg Hopkins When School Got Out Was When Summer Really Began For Kids By . Jean Anne Feldeisen By . BONUS: Recipe Included! Manna From Texas — Chicken Fried Steak Arthur Keith Nana’s Rainbows . The arrival of my Nana for a visit was a much-heralded event, not only because I loved to see her, but also because of the treats. By Meryl Baer Health & Wellness Seven Bad Habits That Will Demolish Your Retirement . Five million seniors will die before their time. Here’s how to not be one of them. By Brian Feutz Learning Not to Fear Vertigo . My experience with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. By Barbara Carter Is This What They Call a Senior Moment? The medical tip I just learned could protect you from added pain. By Darren Weir Help for Those with Chronic Pain . All of us have days when we feel more pain than others. By Lauren Lynn Bradley Eight Devoted People You’ll Meet on Earth Making Your Older Years Golden . By Richard Armstrong By Have you made a plan for when that day comes? What Happens When You Can’t Take Care of Yourself Anymore? Ruby Lee The Polar Bear Pause . Understanding menopause. By Laura Culberg- Welcoming Opposites Do You Have Family Members in A Care Home? You might be interested in knowing why I told my “bonus daughter” to quit working at one. By Ruby Lee By I have been writing about the restrictions of my husband’s diet for Chronic Kidney Disease and how we are adapting to them(or not). A Kidney Friendly Diet is a Careful Balance of Really Nutritious Foods. Jean Anne Feldeisen Traveling It’s Summer Roadtrip Time! Supersize your vacay with these offbeat, larger-than-life destinations. By Kathleen Murphy 10 Classic Country Songs for an Epic Father/Son Road Trip . Music stirs old memories — it’s important to create new ones with the time you have. By Topher Freeman My Travels with Our Grandkids III . Unlike the boys, our granddaughter was more interested in going to England than heading south. By Charlene Brown Left Alone on a Cloudy Day . Observations on a morning beach walk in Malaysia. By Rhonda Carrier A Climbing Hike . Hiking Tanjong Tuan and Climbing Batu Putih. By Gerad Carrier Retirement Do You Really Want to Retire? Working after 65 may be your best health strategy. By Sharon Flesher Are You Living Your Retirement Dream? For me, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” By Greta Dias After 35 Years, I Return to the Shop . A Medium post and my daughter’s “simple” request awakened a long-dormant passion. By S.K. Shandlin Retire to Mexico — What You Need to Know . My wife and I love Mexico. So over the years, we did the usual tourist stuff. By Mel Schlesinger Downsizing Why Is Everyone Telling Us to Downsize When We Get Older? And why is it wrong to still want more? By L.A. Strucke We Spend the First Half of Our Life Acquiring Things and The Second Half Getting Rid of Them . We humans are a little weird. By Beth Bruno Things Are Just Things . They can’t love you back. By L. Donsky-Levine Retirement and Simple Living Should go Hand in Hand B . ut our minds make it hard to depart with some things. By Topher Freeman Best of the Rest What Kind of Activities Rank at the Top of Your List As “The Most Fun I Ever Had in My Long Life?” By the time we get to be Elders, we have definite ideas about fun. By Jean Anne Feldeisen I am a Rutabaga in the Root Cellar . How are you surviving the heat? By Sharon Johnson Monarchs in our Butterfly Garden . Studying Lifecycles with my Grandkids. By Rhonda Carrier Winter Freezes My Brain, but I Never Expected Hair Muffs . My visit to a new stylist led to the worst out-comb ever. By Caroline de Braganza What to Do if You Forgot to Check That Medium Money Box . Follow these easy steps to make sure you are paid for your stories. By Mary McGrath