Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech.
“What’s it like to give a TED Talk?”
A Coach Can Be a "Midwife for Midlife."
What first pops into your mind when you hear the word “midlife?” Yep, CRISIS!
Why Turning 50 is Like Appreciating Your Front Porch.
I love reading the New York Times in the bathtub on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, down here in Baja, I don’t get the paper version so I’m taking the risky bet of carrying my iPhone into the bath with me. Yikes!
Midlife is When Our Vision Improves.
One of our MEA alums and my neighbor in Galisteo, NM, Andrew, introduced me to the word “barmecidal,” which means giving only the illusion of plenty, but something or someone that is ultimately disappointing. The etymology comes from a story in “The Arabian Nights” when the prince Barmecide pretends to host a lavish feast for a beggar. The beggar plays along, pretending to enjoy the food and wine, but ultimately is disillusioned.
Creating the Conditions for a Crisis to Become a Chrysalis.
Recently, I was being filmed at my home in Galisteo, NM, near our new Ranch campus. It was a lovely late summer day, and I was talking about the “midlife chrysalis,” the subject of my upcoming TED talk, which will go live on November 13.
How Creativity Re-emerged from my Midlife Review.
After pursuing a career in fashion design in my 20s and 30s, I had the good fortune to be able to return to study psychology and aging at university. Little did I know that I would soon stumble across the work of Becca Levy, a renowned Yale Professor and author of Breaking the Age Code (becca-levy.com/the-book/). I had the great honor of being mentored by Becca for part of my PhD project, visiting with her at Yale in 2012.
The Midlife “Reckoning Ball"
A deeply religious friend used to tell me, "When the day of reckoning arrives, we'll have to face some uncomfortable truths." I had never associated this idea with midlife, a life stage Brené Brown says we need to “unravel.” (https://bit.ly/3roPjO8)
Midlife Transition Programs Come of Age. Here’s How to Make Them Better.
The Atlantic’s recent article, The New Old Age (https://bit.ly/48fxLVd), marks a milestone for CoGenerate (formerly Encore.org), an indication of the uptake of ideas and language we’d been working to develop, implement and disseminate for more than a decade.
Learning to Love Brussel Sprouts…and Midlife.
As we get older, classical music sneaks up on us. So, do naps, fine wine, and the appeal of organic vegetables and sunscreen. With age comes an appreciation for things we neglected when we were younger.
I’m So Excited About My Next Book!
Writing has been my flashlight. It’s allowed me to be curious. It’s helped me to see my blind spots. It’s provided me with a salve for my wounds. It’s given me permission to feed my inner introvert (who is not all that obvious to you). I once wrote a post “Why I Write” that could have been retitled “Why I Breathe.”
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