Category Archives: Aging

A Transition: My Ups, Downs and Letting Go

college_orientationOur lives are propelled by transitions. Sometimes they are welcome; other times, not so much. Some we choose, while others may be forced upon us. And, even though, we may know that we are entering a certain transition, that realization doesn’t necessarily make it easier to process. That is how I feel about my latest transition: my only child going off to college. Continue reading

Discovering the Power of Empathy

Angels LandingA couple of weeks ago, I found myself feeling a little down, which could have been a result of mid-winter’s gray skies and cold temperatures, but I connected these doldrums to my job dissatisfaction. This is not a new scenario for me, not by any means. Those close to me are very familiar with my discontent with the professional realm. I want to be using my language skills and experience on a day-to-day basis, and know I should be proactive in looking for a situation that would allow me to do just that. And that is exactly what is so perplexing and upsetting: my lack of initiative to act on this important personal goal. Continue reading

Held Hostage on an MTA Bus

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One Senior Citizen That Won’t Be Messed With

In our increasingly youth-centered culture, those who are fifty-years-old and older often hide or play down their age, all while worrying about their waning status in society. A member of that group myself, I certainly feel this divide. Recently, however, I was reminded of the power the elderly can exude. Before venturing into this story, I just want to clarify that it contains no violence and that it is based on the unexpected hutzpah of a quintessential New York character. Continue reading