life stages


The Good Old Summer Time Takes on New Meaning

The Memorial Day Folk Music Celebration at Robert Frost’s Connemara Homestead is one of my favorites. Not just because of the outdoor setting, but also because it’s one of the few events I attend that’s guaranteed to attract a multi-generational crowd. The four o’clock screening of “Passion” (biopic about Emily […]


Taking Inventory 2

November 20, 2015, is the ninth anniversary of my liver transplant. Almost a decade into Act 2. That’s almost as long as my first career in public education on Long Island, half as many years as I worked in corporate settings, and longer than my tenure in economic development at […]


How Old Am I?

Remember when our television choices were pretty much ABC, CBS and NBC? In simpler times, the recognized life stages between birth and death were simple too: childhood, adulthood, old age. Each was associated with fairly straight-forward “developmental tasks”. Childhood: to learn from your elders and grow into yourself Adulthood: to […]


A Brave New Old Age 2

Recently, I’ve been part of a support group of peers coping with the challenges surrounding our parents’ last years and even the unexpected loss of relatives and friends of our own generation. Experiencing so much decline and loss in such a relatively short time has really made an impact on […]


Stalling or Starting Out at 60, 70, and Beyond 4

A few months ago, my friend and writing mentor, Peggy Millin (Clarity Works), wrote a blog entry called “Right Time, Right Path: Now”. In it she detailed and pondered on her feeling of being “stalled,” not just as a writer, but as a woman realizing the many miles she’s already logged on life’s journey and the impact the […]