Category Archives: Questions

Spending time making a living

Writing my morning pages today, my thoughts were spinning on the familiar hamster wheel of keeping afloat financially. I found myself writing the phrase “making a living” as I jotted down thoughts on how to do so. But then the peculiarity of the phrase struck me. Do we really “make a living”? What does it mean? Because…

Sleeping late

First, I want to say how grateful I am for all the comments on the blog and privately that I’ve had from readers keen to see this space continue when I raised the question of its future recently. I’m really touched by your enthusiasm. So we will definitely keep going. I will write when I have…

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…

Holiday hiatus days

These few days are a little strange, aren’t they? Not quite the end of the holidays, but definitely in that streeetchy time between the Yuletide festivities and the start of a new year. Some of us will be feeling a little, er, over-nourished and physically ill at ease. Some of us have faced our first…

Light and darkness

‘What does he sing of?’ Arren asked the mage… ‘Of the grey whales, and the albatross, and the storm…’ (from The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin) Beyond my window as I write this, a dramatic fire-streaked sunset is submitting slowly to the darkness of the longest night: Winter Solstice. In Ursula Le Guin’s book The Farthest Shore,…

Finding an alternative for “youthful”

Youthful Adjective 1. characterized by youth; young 2. of, pertaining to, or befitting youth: youthful enthusiasm 3. having the appearance, freshness, vigour, etc. of youth: She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful The word youthful has become a sloppy shorthand for a number of other characteristics. The dictionary definition above gives us just a couple of examples: the implication that enthusiasm…

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…

Crones and serpents

I‘m a snake. That’s to say it’s my sign in the Chinese zodiac, so this is my year because the Chinese just ushered in the Year of the Snake. And it got me thinking. Crones and serpents We have something in common, snakes and aging women: we’re both feared and revered. The snake as bad…

Are you prejudiced?

Have you ever had the experience of catching yourself out in prejudiced thinking? I bet you have. It happened to me the other day, and I’m a little reluctant to share it with you, but here goes! You’ve probably read that Hillary Clinton was in hospital recently with a blood clot. This prompted a lot…

Do men need their own liberation movement?

We have a holiday weekend here in the UK, and I’m off visiting friends. I leave you with this question: do men need their own liberation movement? Fr Richard Rohr has worked in the field of men and spirituality for many years in his vision of Men as Learners and Elders (MALEs) programme. This seems…

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