I’m turning sixty and marking this journey into what many call the third age, and Jung calls the ‘afternoon of life,’ by writing a blog over a twelve month period. I’m hoping this blog can provide the space and opportunity to explore this journey, reflecting on life so far, hearing about the experiences of others, and imagining future possibilities for aging. I’d love to hear from you.

20 Authentic Webs

May 14, 2013


I wrote about my gap year in the previous blog. Over that year, I stopped writing a blog as I placed a higher priority on other activities. In beginning work again, I’ve decided to establish Authentic Webs as a web-based resource  to connect like-minded women with each other and with ideas about living fully as we age, […]

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19 A Gap Year at Sixty

May 13, 2013


I began a blog two years ago as a way of reflecting on Turning Sixty and moving into what Jung calls the ‘afternoon’ of life. I was wondering about semi-retirement and found great ideas on this topic over the year I spent on the blogosphere.  As a result, I decided my gift to myself at […]

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18 Learning Gratitude

April 30, 2011


I’m grateful to be reaching sixty, as I’ve said in earlier blogs, and the photo I post with each blog reflects some aspect of my gratitude. I’ve drawn inspiration from the photographer Hailey Bartholomew and her wonderful 365Grateful project which has influenced people all over the world and is now being made into a film. […]

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17 Half the Sky

March 21, 2011


Last week was the one hundredth anniversary of the first International Women’s Day.  As a woman who has lived through six of these past ten decades, this women’s day led me to reflect on the changes in women’s roles I have seen throughout my life. The changes have meant that my life choices have been […]

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16 Renewal

March 9, 2011


Nature, indeed life in general, is never static. It moves in cycles – of darkness and light, death and renewal, grief and hope. Over this past month many people, here in Brisbane and elsewhere, have been flooded – by loss as well as love  – as described in my last post. Thoughts of renewal came […]

Posted in: Change, Love, Working life

15 Flooded

January 20, 2011


It’s hard to know what story to tell; the late-night evacuation as access roads closed – the anxious wait for days before the flood peaked – returning  to the house to face the devastation –the overwhelming generosity of helpers – or the long road ahead to regain some sense of normality. This is not my […]

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14 Summer Daze

January 5, 2011


Summer is associated with a sprawling somnolence here in sub-tropical Australia. The sweltering heat and sultry humidity slow the body and mind. The air is so moist that it has weight and resistance – it’s hard work to slice through it as you move about. Summer is also the time of our long annual holidays […]

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