Magical Memoir Moments

The Things They Didn’t Carry: Grandparent Jubilación

After the grandchildren leave, the house heaves a sigh. Some of the objects left behind carry the stories and await the next visit.

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Coffee, a laptop, and a lap. Nik at work.

Everything that Rises Must Converge: Naming What Rises

Adult children visits, Celtic Pilgrimage, writing assignments, family vacations, and preparation for a fellowship in the fall. All these promising events are rising or are about to rise. How to help them converge? I made a decision.

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Lighting a candle between two wise women, July 27, 1992

Seeking Wisdom: A Lifelong Quest

If you rubbed a magic oil lamp and Aladdin offered you only one wish, what would it be? I’d ask for wisdom. The story of King Solomon, who famously chose wisdom, made a deep impression on my in my youth, and later I prayed often for wisdom as a mother, teacher, and college president. In…

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From the podcast website and David Whyte's websites in links below.

Stop! And Listen! — David Whyte, Krista Tippett, and Jubilación

Poet David Whyte believes that a beautiful question shapes a beautiful mind. Krista Tippett’s interview with Whyte inspired this assertion: I believe elders have invisible but beautiful new questions to live out in our time.

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Reading to Owen and Julia: a calling consistent with all my other work in life.

Dream Job: How Do You Define It? Find it?

Yale professor Amy Wrzesniewski says job satisfaction and life satisfaction are enhanced by a sense of being called. Furthermore, callings don’t have to be magic. They can be crafted to enhance the fit between self and work.

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Castlerigg Stone Circle, Near Keswick, England

Thin Places: Where Earth and Heaven Touch

“You don’t plan a trip to a thin place; you stumble upon one.” —Eric Wiener Twenty years ago I set out on a journey to England hoping to experience what I had read about in books. I eagerly anticipated the Wordsworth Winter School in the Lake District where I imagined striding through the atmospheric fells…

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Selçuk, Turkey, ruins offer arches around every corner. Temple of Hadrian.

Odyssey: Two New Stages of Life

The columnist David Broder gobsmacked me this week with these words: There used to be four common life phases: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Now, there are at least six: childhood, adolescence, odyssey, adulthood, active retirement and old age. Of the new ones, the least understood is odyssey, the decade of wandering that frequently…

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When Time Shall Be No More: Kalanithi and Kairos

Thinking about time after reading When Breath Becomes Air took me back to a time in childhood when I was fascinated by a wrist watch. I discovered Kairos without knowing it.

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When Breath Becomes Air: On Being A Mortal Pilgrim

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi has inspired me to reflect on the role of mortality and pilgrimage as we enter the stage of life called Jubilación.

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Reader, I married him.

When Did You Stop Dreaming?

If your dreams have stopped . . .”Start daydreaming about the autumn of your life as much as you daydreamed about finding your perfect love when you were a teenager.”Laura Carstensen

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