Is nature "natural" anymore? When encountered this question in a book I am reading it caused me to pause and reflect - for quite a while. It is remarkable how a powerful question can unexpectedly emerge and then refuse to leave us alone. I began to … [Continue reading] about The Human Age: What is Natural?
Transformative writing is an artistic style of writing intentionally crafted to have a transformative effect. The underlying assumption of transformative writing is that writing can become a medium that helps cultivate physical, mental, and … [Continue reading] about Transformative Writing 2: How Does Writing Become Transformative?
Can we live past our time? We are collectively living deeper into the realm of old age. For the first time in history, the oldest-old (age 85 and over) and centenarians (age 100 and over) are the fastest growing segments in global population. Some … [Continue reading] about Living Old: Can We Live Past Our Time?
Liminality is the feeling we have when we feel alone amid a crowd. It is a state of fluid transience in which we feel outcast from our source of identity and purpose. We become a threshold person and enter, often unwillingly, into a state of flux in … [Continue reading] about Liminality: The Loss of the Familiar
In his essay On Old Age, Marcus Tullius Cicero identifies four main challenges of aging: withdrawal; enfeeblement; weakening of the senses; and the approach of death. Each challenge may become a source of unhappiness and despair. What are our sources … [Continue reading] about On Old Age: Cicero and the Challenges of Aging