A Great Example of Sage-ing

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One of the main components of Sage-ing is to push back on societal stereotypes.  The marketing messages about aging and the models used seem to stress anti-aging and favor the young–even the very young.  The imaging of aging are often not positive or favorable. A great example of Sage-ing was in the Sunday New York Times titled “Her Age?  Glad You Asked.”  …

Don’t Age–Become a Sage

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One of my favorite local events is called Sages Over 70.  Since I am passionate about sage-ing rather than aging, I appreciate lifting up the good works of people who have been contributing to the community and to others for many years.  For our community to continue to thrive, we need to keep people engaged so we benefit from their wisdom …

Why Compassion Is Important

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Krista Tippett was in town last week speaking about “Becoming Wise.”  Since wisdom is one of my favorite words, her work resonates with me.  While I was not able to attend, I have read her book by the same title.  I also subscribe to her newsletter “On Being” which I highly recommend if you are interested in topics such as …

Trying to Understand Power and Influence

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One thought leader I follow is Mark Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.   Similar to me, he interviews authorities and shares what he learns.  So if you like to read about leadership, I would encourage you to follow him.  He is smart, thoughtful, and does his research.  I contacted Mark the current state of …

Leading With Wisdom

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This post is longer than usual, but it will not become my normal practice.  I have tried hard to avoid talking about politics, but I feel now is the time to share some thoughts on leadership related to the campaign so that I can move forward.  I know it has become risky to talk about politics at dinner parties, church, …

Learn and Discover New Things Through Travel

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NOTE:  It has been pointed out to me that during my website transition to the new revised site that a few of my blog posts got lost–or they never arrived as planned.  So I am reposting a few posts just in case.  Thanks in advance for understanding.  As always, please feel free to comment or to send me an email. …

What I Learned and Discovered

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If you follow my blog, you know that one of the topics I blog about is sage-ing or positive aging.  One of the main ways to age gracefully is to continue to learn and wisdom comes from processing our life experience.  So I am going to share with you in several future posts what I have learned and discovered during …

Why Gender Equity is Important to Everyone

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear Anne-Marie Slaughter speak in Des Moines at the IWLC Conference.  She is the author of Unfinished Business:  Women Men Work Family which followed her article in the Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (July/August 2012).  This is the most popular article ever published in the magazine. After reading …

Want To Know How To Become A Sage? Take A Class

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If you live in the Greater Des Moines area and you want to know more about sage-ing or positive aging, I am offering my once a semester class through Community Adult Education.  So much of retirement planning has a focus on money.  While money is certainly important, there is more to living a positive life after one’s major career than …

We Are All Self-Employed

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  Several years ago, Cliff Hakim wrote a book that shifted my thinking titled We Are All Self-Employed.  He followed it up with a book called Rethinking Work.  Both of these books describe how to navigate the inevitable change that seems to be driving the demand for innovation, flexibility, and creativity.  Basically, Hakim advocates taking charge of your career because …