The Courage To Be Our Age
Random Thoughts on Aging

Some Honorary ElderBloggers

[NOTE: If you haven't done so, check out Millie Garfield's video about her 80th birthday.]

We’ve been rearranging the furniture a bit here at Time Goes By, moving links from one side of the blog to the other and one section has been renamed Honorary ElderBloggers (those who’ve not reached their 50th birthday yet) which seems a more appropriate header, given the topic of TGB, than Younger Bloggers was.

It’s a minor point, but also an excuse to call a few of them to your attention.

I’ve been reading Kathryn Petro at A Mindful Life for at least a year. She’s a professional counselor and says of her work, “My mission is to inspire enthusiasm in people for lifetime learning…” And for the elementary school students she works with: to "help them cultivate curiosity and independent thinking; my goal is to help them learn how to learn."

There is calming quality to Kathryn’s blog. Although most of her posts are short, I usually find myself lingering over them, feeling like I’ve just had a good shoulder massage. I particularly like her inspired juxtaposition of images with unexpectedly apt quotations.

Even Elisa admits that Elisa Camahort’s Personal Weblog is “the world’s most boring blog name,” but her blog is not boring and I’m not saying that just because she’s the one who invited me to speak at the Blogher conference.

She’s frightfully smart and has a wide range of interests from technology to music, movies, books, theater, politics, restaurants, animal rights and – well, I forgive her for liking American Idol. She thinks she’s a slacker, but that’s just a pose. There’s always something I didn’t know before among the widely divergent subject matter at Elisa’s place.

Jennifer Warwick of The New Charm School entered my life through Blogher and like Elisa Camahort, she’s smart as a whip. She’s a management, leadership and career strategist whose blog is filled with not-your-ordinary success tips, and she is also an excellent wordsmith. Don’t miss the amazing thing she does using references to pretty shoes, cashmere sweaters, handbags and tiaras to bring home her career advice with sparkling style.

Jennifer has a soft spot for powerful women in history and she’s keeping a watch on the John Roberts Supreme Court nomination too. I can’t recommend her blog without also quoting the nicest thing anyone has said about me since I started blogging: “We should all have a Ronni in our lives.” How is it possible to say a proper thank you for that?

What I read Rana of Notes From an Eclectic Mind for are her Texas humor, her rants and like the women above, her astonishing ability to put words together in a manner that sings with grace, clear-headedness and passion. And what she can do with the ordinary stuff of daily life is extraordinary.

I don’t remember how I first found Rana, but I was hooked with the first piece I read, Getting Old in a Little Town. I can’t link directly to it, but click on “The Little Town” under Categories in the right rail of her blog, then scroll a long way down to 28 December 2002. I promise it’s worth the little extra effort and so are all the rest of Rana’s stories about The Little Town where she grew up.

The problem with singling out people for special mention is the others who are not mentioned. They are on the list of Honorary Older Bloggers for equally good reasons, and there are many others I haven’t gotten around to adding yet.

Because Time Goes By is about getting older, I’m not convinced I should have an Honorary ElderBloggers list at all. It started on whim a few months ago when there were some younger bloggers I couldn’t resist recommending, and now I’m torn between keeping TGB pristinely on topic and including these excellent younger voices...

That's a decision for another day.


Comments

"Honorary Older Bloggers" does have a more positive ring than "Younger..." They are wannabees, aspirants, working toward the senior discount at Hardee's, blah, blah...so "Honorary" seems to work well.

Thanks for high-lighting these writers, which are all new to me. I have already visited them and added a couple that I found most refreshing to my reading list.

Ronni, I'm working on getting to 50 just as fast as I can. ;) Seven and a half years and I'll be able to play with the big kids. Until then, I'm glad you let me hang around as an honorary and thanks for the kind words.

Ronni, what a generous thing to do! Thank you for the kind words, your always thoughtful notes, and most of all for your lovely and provocative blog. I am so tickled to have found you, and look forward to anything and everything you write!

And I agree with Rana -- thank you for letting me play a bit with such a great group, while I continue to earn my full-time place. I promise to do you proud :-)

Ronni

Serendipity


The day I randomly searched Google for topics about growing older was a red letter day for me. That is how I found "Time Goes By". Your blog has meant so much to me as I continue to experience the rich content and thought provoking posts from you and also the comments section. I have also traveled to some of your outstanding links which broaden my horizons. I especially like "Pure Land Mountain" by Robert Brady who posts from Japan. It is indeed a small, small world. I love a how one link leads me by chance to another and another and another in the blogsphere.
I consider this :

ser·en·dip·i·ty (srn-dp-t) KEY

NOUN:
pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties
The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
An instance of making such a discovery.

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ETYMOLOGY:
From the characters in the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, who made such discoveries, from Persian Sarandp, Sri Lanka, from Arabic sarandb


OTHER FORMS:
seren·dipi·tous (Adjective), seren·dipi·tous·ly (Adverb)

WORD HISTORY:
We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that "this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word." Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of "a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of...."

Sorry, I forgot to sign the above post.

Chancy :)

Well, the Honorary Older Bloggers are getting older too. Everyone's getting older. We Old Older Bloggers just have a head start. :)

Ronni, I am honored to be an honorary older blogger! You are a singular voice bringing our attention to the richness of the reality awaiting us.

Thank you for highlighting me and my blog. :) I may comment rarely here, but I do read and enjoy the thoughts you provoke. And now I must check out the other writers you mentioned. They sound juicy.

Thanks Ronni! I may not qualify to be "older", but I'm certainly older than your average blogging bear.

And I'm getting closer to "older" every day, don't worry :)

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