More Thoughts on Writing: Flexible Tenacity and Trust

More Thoughts on Writing: Flexible Tenacity and Trust

A few weeks ago someone asked me what it takes to write a book, and last week’s blog, Some Thoughts on Writing Winter’s Graces, described two characteristics that have proved invaluable in bringing the book to completion and into the world: passion and courage. Two others, flexible tenacity and trust in the process, are described here.

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Some Thoughts on Writing

Some Thoughts on Writing

Someone recently asked me what it takes to write a book. Winter’s Graces took over 15 years to complete and became available in bookstores just two days ago, so the question was both timely and intriguing. As a first-time author of a non-fiction book, I’m hardly an expert on birthing books. But it’s been enjoyable living with the question for a time and realizing that there are a few things I’d like to share about writing this particular book that might be of interest to those who are in the midst of writing one, or those who might be haunted / inspired by an idea but are daunted by the prospect of turning it into a book.

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Winter’s Graces – At Last!

Winter’s Graces – At Last!

Winter’s Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life is being released on Tuesday, October 9, after more than 15 years of study, writing, editing, and rewriting; learning to navigate the brave new (to me) world of publishing; dealing with internal obstacles like...

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Letting Go and Savoring

Letting Go and Savoring

In places well north of the equator, Nature has begun her annual turning toward autumn with its colder temperatures and ebbing daylight. The first hints of gold and scarlet have arrived, and soon deciduous trees will cast off their beautiful leaves in order to survive the winter and be able to produce new foliage in spring. For many of us, the arrival of fall each year triggers a time of introspection and taking stock as we sort through possessions, reexamine our priorities, and let go of what we no longer need or value. A similar process of taking stock and letting go takes place in later life that is as necessary for our wellbeing as it is for the health of trees.

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Peace Amidst Conflict: Elders as Peacemakers

Peace Amidst Conflict: Elders as Peacemakers

Tomorrow is World Peace Day, celebrated internationally each year since1982 on September 21. This year’s theme focuses on peace as a basic human right and marks the 70th anniversary of the passing of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person,” which are essential for peace between peoples and nations.

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Remembering, Meaning, and Wholeness in Later Life

Remembering, Meaning, and Wholeness in Later Life

At a recent 80th birthday luncheon in honor of our friend and colleague, Eleanor, Charlie asked what this time of life is like for her. She paused thoughtfully and gave a somewhat surprising answer. Rather than sharing her enthusiasm about the upcoming trainings and presentations she still offers internationally, she told us, “A lot of it is remembering things from the past and seeing how it’s all connected. How one event was necessary so that something else could happen. I think about that a lot these days.”

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Celebrating Grandparents

Celebrating Grandparents

September 9 (the first Sunday after Labor Day) is national Grandparents Day, officially established in 1979 by President Carter, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Jacob Reingold of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, and the passion and persuasive persistence of...

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The Grace of Necessary Fierceness

The Grace of Necessary Fierceness

Late life development is riddled with paradox: We grow more comfortable with who we are (Authenticity) and at the same time become less concerned with ourselves (Self-Transcending Generosity). We are generally kinder and more understanding of others (Contentment and...

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Enlivening Attitudes: Healthy Defiance and Optimism

Enlivening Attitudes: Healthy Defiance and Optimism

Attitudes have been shown to have a profound effect on our lives, and two are essential for late life well-being: healthy defiance and optimism. Working free of the pervasive but mistaken idea that aging is an inevitable slide into misery (healthy defiance) and...

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Remembering Marion Woodman (Honoring our Elders, part II)

Remembering Marion Woodman (Honoring our Elders, part II)

Yesterday would have been Marion Woodman’a ninetieth birthday. For those unfamiliar with her name, she was a Canadian Jungian analyst, a teacher, an author, and a remarkable human being, loved by thousands of women (and men) around the world. I only spent two weeks in Marion’s presence (one in Chartres and one in London, Ontario, where she and her husband Ross lived), but her books, workshops, and her way of being in the world have been an enormous blessing and inspiration to me – as a writer and a person – and this blog is written to honor her birth, recent death, and her enormous contributions to humankind.

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