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  1. A Snowy Day Reflection on Sewing Boxes

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    I have three sewing boxes sitting close to one another in a closet. Each one is an artifact from the lives of distinct individuals – my mother, my aunt Lena, and me. My mom and Lena were very attached to each other, and I was devoted to both of them....
  2. Stepping Outside

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    I have lived in my condo for about a year and a half and have been reflecting on my feelings now compared to when I first moved in. It’s very interesting that my reactions are very similar to the way they were back then. One of the things that I...
  3. It’s Us Not Them

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    I was at a meeting the other day with a small group of people and we were talking about ways to address issues that impact seniors. The discussion revolved around the major concerns and anxieties about things we all face: housing (where to live as we get older so that...
  4. Storms, Pictures and Memories

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    I am struck by how nature can create the backdrop for stories, long-lasting memories, and sometimes meaningful lessons. Much of the time I deal with natural phenomena only when they throw themselves upon me. In 2011, for example, the incessant winter storms and vast accumulations of snow had a major...
  5. To Be or Not To Be Sentimental

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    Originally published in the Newton TAB. There are wonderful programs on public television that bring back old songs, often with original singing groups made up of initial members plus replacements for those who didn’t make it to older age. A lot of this music is my music from the late...
  6. Returns from a Small Town Post Office

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    A few weeks ago, after my son, daughter-in-law, and 3-year old granddaughter, Lina, left my house here in South Wellfleet, I discovered that they had inadvertently left behind Lina’s bath toys. These were not fancy things – a few foam letters that stick on wet walls, a bath-friendly book, and...
  7. Life is Long Enough

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    The other day I overheard a comment in someone else’s conversation. I wasn’t really eavesdropping because I don’t remember what the people were talking about. But out of the surrounding air I heard a man say, “Life is too short.” Without thinking, I turned to him and said, “Life is...
  8. Being Our Own Advocates

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    In a recent article I wrote that we seniors must be our own advocates. We can’t be sure who will stand up for us, or what things we may need now and in the future. In thinking about advocates and advocacy, I realized that like everything else I needed to...
  9. Wellfleet Leftovers

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    I love leftovers. A lot of people may say Yuk at the mention of leftovers, but I love them. I think my affection for meal-remains stems from my early childhood. As a kid, I was happy when I had a lunch from the dinner we had the night before. I...

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About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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