Comments

Hi Ronnie - enjoyed reading your 'about' post - gosh didn't you cram a lot into your working life!
But one thing resonated with me - that awareness of 'age' - not sure when it happened to me - probably mid 50s but I realised I had passed through childhood, adolescence (no teenagers then!), young married, young mother, young 'mature age student', divorced all without really knowing an awful lot about any of those stages - so I decided then and there that I would not go into 'old age' in such an ignorant manner - so started researching - it has been fascinating, interesting, amusing, useful and one of the most valuable sources has been your blog -I am 77 now, still researching, living life to the full, loving it and still grateful for your blog - many thanks - Jeanette Campbel

Thanks for sharing your history. I think you revealed the key to why so many of your readers respect and value your insights into aging:

"I spent a working lifetime as a generalist..."

Generalists of the world, unite! Maybe you saw this 2012 Forbes column citing Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries:

“We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor,” he says. “A rise in specialists in all areas—science, math, history, psychology—has left us with tremendous content but how valuable is that knowledge without context?” Context, he says, which can only be provided by generalists whose breadth of knowledge can serve as the link between the hard-won scientific breakthroughs (think the recent Higgs-Boson discovery) and the rest of the world.

Only by understanding the work within fields to the right and the left of your own can you understand the bigger picture, he says, whether you’re talking about a corporation (sales analysts understanding the supply chain as well as internal operations) or the world as a whole. “We’ve become so focused on specialization, but just as there are truths that can only be found as a specialist,” he says, “There are truths that can only be revealed by a generalist who can weave these ideas in the broader fabric of understanding.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/07/10/the-secret-power-of-the-generalist-and-how-theyll-rule-the-future/#30d6665f32f5

Kudos to you Ronni. A full and interesting life, and you seem to have plumbed the depths of the world and its peoples. I admire your energy, and applaud your creativeness. Your blog is helping this elder lady to keep on keepin' on.

I was just cruising around while watching Hillary - I also have watched teary eyed all week and am so proud to be a woman and a Democrat. And Michelle - don't even get me started. Class Act.

I was reading some blogs this week and they were all millennials who are funny and cute but they could realistically be my daughters. Of course being retired and 62, I cannot relate to any of what they are saying but I give them props for sharing. We didn't do that when we were there age. We were told to "go with the flow", get married, have children, cook dinner every night....none of the things I told my daughter to do! I told her to have a life, have fun, have some stories to tell...of which I have none myself but you certainly do. I think I will enjoy reading your blog as I am sure we will find commonality in our lives even though I have been married for 44 years, have children and grandchildren and have never owned a cat.

Found your blog a short time ago. Love it. As an over 70 retiree, I have started a blog. I don't know where it will wind up going, but it sure is fun. Keep up the good work.

I had my first stroke in the year 2000, took 6 weeks off from work, and never thought a bit about it. Until, in 2002, the second one left me paralyzed and aphasic. I'm a slow learner, I guess. Except for the continuing paralyses, ("How was your night at the theater, Mrs. Lincoln?), I doing well now. And producing a blog of my own, called "A League for Greying Panthers". http://www.leagueofgrey.wordpress.com.

Its a wonderful feeling to have found 'purpose' again.

I've posted a URL to your blog.

Jonah

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)