1. Reflections at Yellowstone

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    Last spring I began to sense that I needed a break. I was feeling anxious and at odds with myself, and couldn’t figure out why. Maybe it was the seeming confusion and uncertainty of the local and national political scenes. Maybe I hadn’t accomplished all that I had hoped in...
  2. When to Stop the Show

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    At High Holiday services just a few days ago, Rabbi Joel Sisenwine told a story that, at first, seemed off-base in the middle of the seriousness of the day. He began to talk about a 2014 Garth Brooks concert in Minneapolis. I wondered what the point was until the Rabbi...
  3. Reflections on Getting Older

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    I used to have this fantasy that the summer months should be a time of fun, relaxation, and not thinking about anything too serious. I suppose I could work on maintaining that illusion, but the passage of time and life events often prevent that from happening. For one thing, my...
  4. Goodbye 2013

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    Two-thousand and thirteen was a hard year for me and I am very glad to see it go. I insist that 2014 be better. Of course, I have no control over what this New Year will be like, but I have steadfast, hopeful expectations. I have to believe it will...
  5. 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...
  6. Driver’s License

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    On Tuesday, July 1st, I renewed my driver’s license. Because my birthday is in early August, I wanted to get it off my to-do list quickly. I completed the renewal and now my right to drive is assured for the next five years. Although the process was easy, I muttered,...

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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