Archive for October, 2011


If I decide to continue blogging, it will be at this site.

The header image is a detail from my recovery crazy patchwork improvisation. It fairly well represents the upheaval, bewilderment, and patchiness–lack of organization, in my life following my 2009 abrupt and unexpected recovery from being house-bound.

The title comes from a book with that title by Allan B. Chinen. The book is about “fairy tales for the second half of life.” It was given to me in 1993 by a dear friend a few months after I had gone into seclusion. The tagline comes from another book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. The author argues that we should be using the additional years of life people in our society can expect, not in decline, not trying to stay younger, but in growing wiser.

Now in my 75th year–an elder, a crone, I am trying to figure out how I should be using the active years remaining to me. My intention is to be helpful to my family here on Vashon and to keep growing spiritually.

My son pointed out to me that over time I will likely be needing help myself, and that that may beĀ  “hard for me, or at least, a challenge.” I don’t think so. I’ve already experienced the losses that come with disability. With ME/CFS I lost much of my life and learned to be dependent. I think I know how to do that. We’ll see.

I myself am waiting to find out whether I will post about living my elder years.

Yesterday I spent some time with great-granddaughter Beau.

I’ll end with that for now.

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