Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of Salvation,
My gown of glory, hope’s true gage;
And then I take my pilgrimage.
Sir Walter Raleigh
Pilgrims of old would carry with them a leather scrip, or satchel, which held everything they needed for the journey.
I’m gathering here some treasures to help us on our path through the later part of life. The advantage of a virtual scrip is that, like Hermione Grainger’s beaded handbag in Harry Potter, we can apply an undetectable extension charm so it can hold as much as we like.
I’ll add to this hoard whenever I find new riches, meanwhile, please do suggest your favourites in the comments. Click the links below to find out what’s in our scrip:
- The Pilgrim’s Moon Bookstore – hand-picked recommendations
- Women Growing Older with Grace and Gusto – my Scoop-it! page where I collate interesting links.
- Elderwomanspace – a private online community for women like us, run by writer Marian Van Eyk McCain
- Boomer Café – a collection of articles about aspects of growing older
- Graceful Aging – a video network for older adults
- Gusto: Aging with power, wisdom and irreverence – a great Flickr group for sharing photos
- Lumosity – online exercises to keep your brain sharp which are actually fun, even the ones involving maths…
- Magpie Girl Blessings – a collection of beautiful blessings from Rachelle Mee-Chapman
- StoryCorps – personal stories of all kinds by Americans of all ages
- Silver: A State of Mind – photo gallery of silver-haired women