Category Archives: Community

Inheritance

  In today’s church sermon, the priest remembered the life of someone remarkable – an “ordinary”  local woman called Ellie. In describing her, he talked of how she could cut through complicated theorising and philosophising with simple stories from her grandmother, and how her grandmother’s wisdom was an inheritance that became part of who Ellie…

Is anything left to say?

I haven’t written at Pilgrim’s Moon for months. For two reasons: I have a “day job” which has become a multi-headed hydra taking up not only my day, but my evenings and my weekends I wonder whether I have anything left or anything new to say about women growing older in positive and subversive ways…

Fear of dementia

Dementia. It’s the elephant in the room. The big fear that we will not be able to live out our crone years in joy and wit and strength. And I think there’s something about our baby boomer generation that believes we can conquer it, even though many of us will have known the experience of caring…

Is yours an Earth Pathway?

Each year, I get a copy of the most beautiful diary you can possibly imagine. Called Earth Pathways, it is chock-full of poetry and other magical words, art work and festivity. Each day has the phases of the moon and sunrise and sunset times, and the festivals which mark the turning wheel of the year….

Where do you want to grow old?

Perhaps, like me, you’re beginning to wonder how you’ll live out the last years of your life. This Baby Boomer generation of ours has, I believe, advantages and disadvantages. We have the strength and determination to believe we can enter our old age with more vim and vigour than our parents. And sometimes we believe…

1000 Grandmothers

Send in a thousand grandmothers They will surely volunteer With their ancient wisdom flowing They will lend a loving ear I‘d never heard Holly Near’s song 1000 Grandmothers before Jane mentioned it in a comment recently. (If you don’t know it, you can listen to a version of it here.) What a thought eh? One thousand…

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