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The Quagga and I - Martha Kate Miller's heartbreakingly beautiful script offers strength for a passage most of us eventually make.
Gratefulness for Aging - Join this forum and read what others are saying about the positive aspects of getting older - maybe you have new insights to add.
Jitterbug - Joyce Holmes McAllister’s poem shows that although we may think of them as impediments, life's contradictions are often exactly what save us, allowing us to fly beyond limitations. She both defies the body's slowing process and affirms the prowess of age.
Finding Balance as a Caretaker, by Patricia Carlson -
Desire Change (Sonnets to Orpheus Part II, #12, stanza 1)
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An Unexpected Debut - Boyd Lee Dunlop found his musical talent during the Great Depression. But after years of playing in bars and nightclubs, it took a damaged piano in a Buffalo nursing home for him to be discovered. (NYTimes Video; 3:16)
Dreaming of a Cosmic Connection - Tom Boyd speaks about movements in the arc of personal history that draw us back to the great "yea-saying" of life.
Legacy of Wisdom - This website and organization aim to make wisdom the central operating principle of our aging population by developing coherent models of living responsible, engaged and empowered lives.
An Illustrated Talk with Maurice Sendak Artist Christoph Niemann recreates an afternoon of listening to Terry Gross’ NPR interview with Sendak, one of the most heartfelt expressions of loss and enduring love that we have ever heard.
A New Vision of Aging - Drawing from ancient wisdom, Dr. Tom Pinkson developed "Recognition Rites," a ceremonial rite of passage which honors and celebrates Elderhood.
Life Planning in the Second Half of Life (video)- Richard Bolles and Richard Leider talk about about their careers, the nature of life transition, and how boomers plan to do retirement differently.
Positive Aging Newletter - This online newsletter by Taos Institute challenges the longstanding view of aging as decline, the newsletter provides resources for understanding aging as an unprecedented period of human development.
Sixty Years of Dancing - Marty Daniels, a 78-year-old war veteran and dancer, prepares to embark on a lifelong dream trip. Be prepared for both poignancy and inspiration.
Eldergivers links elders in nursing homes to the wider community in the Bay Area, recognizing and sharing their gifts and drawing them out of isolation.
Confessions of a Jewish Mother: How My Son Ruined My Life! - See how James Baraz's mother, Selma, turned her life around at age 89 with one simple phrase "...and my life is really very blessed."
Saging - Not Aging - "The future inexorably comes, and if I'm not facing it, I'm backing into it," says Rabbi Zalman. If you have ever felt, "I'm not happy about the way I'm growing old," this brief essay offers suggestions you might welcome.
Alice Dancing Under the Gallows - Alice Herz-Sommer, the subject of this official trailer for new documentary short about the oldest Holocaust survivor, has lived her life without hatred. Nourished by the unquenchable power of music she remains a beacon of hope and inspiration to everyone who knows her.
Living to 100 and Beyond - Want to know what it’s like to live to be 100? Eight centenarians share their joys, sorrows, and the overall richness of their long lives.
"Forgetfulness" - Hear Billy Collins read his poem which captures the humor as well as the poignancy of memory loss.
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being
Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying
What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future by John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles. Today’s economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there’s still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before.
Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose, by Richard Leider.
Women and Aging: An Anthology by Women, by Jo Alexander et al. "Strong stuff from old women" is a better title for this collection of fiction, poetry, art, photography, journals, and essays. (Library Journal)
When I meditate I sit quietly, I withdraw my awareness of my ears hearing, my eyes seeing. I don’t move around much. I sit quietly and I go deep inside. What happens when you grow old? You lose your hearing, you lose your sight, you can’t move around very much. What an ideal time for doing inner work.
Aging has its own beauty. It is a beautiful stage for doing inner work. You have a chance to not be so dependent on social approval. You can be a little more eccentric. You can be more alone. And you can examine loneliness and boredom instead of being afraid of them. There is such an art and a possibility of aging.
~ Ram Dass
Letting go isn't giving up,
it's giving thanks for what is.
~ Rose Monroe (at age 92)
ANGeL's goal is to offer you through this website an immediate and intimate experience of living gratefully. In selecting topic resources, as elsewhere, we favor quality over quantity. This page is not meant to be a directory of related websites and organizations. Rather, we have selected a few specific links and readings that we believe are most helpful in getting you in touch with your experience. Of course, the Internet is vast and our knowledge is limited; so if you know of a link or a book that is more helpful than what's listed, be sure to let us know.