Category Archives: Growing and learning

Taking a fall

Two weeks before Christmas, on a Monday morning, I had a nasty fall in my kitchen. Why am I telling you? Because there was something about it that foreshadowed for me what it may be like to be old and frail. And that got me thinking about vulnerability. But first, the fall. It was, perhaps,…

Mañana…

Just a few quick thoughts today. I was chatting with a friend recently, both of us in our early sixties, and we agreed how much we both simply assume there will be loads of tomorrows to do what we want. And hopefully we will have those tomorrows. Barring illness or accident, lifespans are getting longer. We could…

Goodnight Grandpa!

(Did you win an Earth Pathways 2014 diary? See the end of this post.) I used to love the TV show The Waltons. Do you remember it? The large family growing up in Depression-era America, struggling through financial troubles and a changing world seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy? If you do,…

Fifteen important things for women over fifty

I was amused by a recent article in HuffPost titled 15 Things a Woman Over 50 Should Own. It inspired me to make a similar list, starting with two from HuffPost with which I thoroughly agree. But although there are some material things to “own” in my list, the emphasis is slightly different: A room of…

On turning sixty…

Yesterday I turned sixty and decided to run away from home. In the extended time I’ve been away from writing here, I’ve been thinking and reflecting so much I thought my head would explode. I’ve dismantled some of the empty priorities I set up for my workaholic self, and am beginning to divest myself of…

Bitten off more than I can chew

Have you ever felt you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? I’d like my life to have the serenity and simplicity of this photograph, but at the moment it feels more like a super-sized Big Mac eaten at speed! Over Easter I took a Peace Break. It was wonderful, and it brought home to me a…

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