Ummm, Naomi Dagen Bloom wrecks house.
I bumped this up from the comments.
your responses today at TGB particularly resonated for me, “let go of youth…embrace…” old age. many of my peers are emotionally challenged by that important notion. sometimes, as an active elder among younger people, i have to remind myself about that also.
could i suggest an area of investigation for your blog? it would be the role of social action in the lives of those beyond retirement. in the current focus on volunteering as an important activity for elders–and it is–i believe it has great value to ourselves as well as our society. for some it means risk-taking that was desired but avoided due to employment constraints.
A key transformation wrought by our longevity involves the purposeful surrender of POWER.
(By power I mean the ability to force or coerce others to take or refrain from actions they would otherwise prefer.)
In its place, INFLUENCE becomes a most useful instrument which can, when grasped firmly, be wielded with great skill.
(By influence I mean the ability to lead others to new and unique conclusions about the course of action they choose for themselves. Influence is, by definition, free from coercion.)
I went out onto the World Wide Web looking for an example of what I mean and I found this.
One final note. Any person who can not see the deep relationships that unite “peace, politics and yarnlife after 60”— doesn’t understand life. (smile)