Hello, readers. Perhaps it’s the decline of Covid isolation, a time when we are seeing the world through a fresh perspective after months of living inside our shells. Perhaps it’s the hot weather steaming our brains. Perhaps it’s because thousands of people are waking up to the idea that society’s definition of old people is seriously in need of reform.

Regardless of the reason, the results are amazing: more than three dozen stories published on Crow’s Feet in seven days.

We publish all 41 stories here for you to pick and choose what moves you. …

This week, Crow’s Feet is pleased to share with you an interview with editor Nancy Peckenham that was produced by the smart folks over at Middle-Pause, a sister publication on Medium dedicated to “women in the middle.” Middle-Pause has created a monthly podcast, STOMP, which stands for Stronger Together On Middle-Pause. You can listen to the podcast here.

We’ve got a great line-up of stories for you this week, including pieces by writers who are sharing their thoughts on aging for the first time. Welcome Dorothyanne Brown, Robin James, Shoshana Kaufman, Jill Reid, Jaylee Reign, Wendy Richards. and Ranjan Vee.

It’s happening! People everywhere are realizing that they are getting older and that, for better or for worse, they want to enjoy the ride.

This week, Crow’s Feet features an unprecedented 39 stories and editor Nancy Peckenham is looking for someone to help edit the pieces that are rolling in every day. If you have an hour or two a week to spare, please drop a line to crowsfeet8@gmail.com and include information about your editing experience and availability.

Here are the amazing stories about life as we age that Crow’s Feet writers contributed this week alone.

Can we put what we’ve learned to good use?

Photo by Kiana Bosman/Unsplash

Do you remember the book The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich? When the book landed in 1968 it set off fears of famine and scarcity in an overpopulated world and launched serious discussion of how to limit the exploding birth rate.

Well, 50 years later it looks like the world succeeded in putting the brakes on population growth as the birth rate drops to the lowest rates in decades. …

You’ll get a special treat this week with the perspective of six men who for the first time share their thoughts on aging with Crow’s Feet readers. We’ve had many men contribute to the publication over the past two years but the arrival of a half dozen strong voices at once provides a chance to really dig into the male point of view.

Read on to discover the work of Judah Leblang. David Mokotoff, Orrin Onken, Roger A. Reid, Ph.D, Joe Thomas, and Micah Ward. All six men are new contributors to Crow’s Feet (along with Pat Austin Becker, Michele…

How the women’s lib movement led me to resist ageism.

I can’t put my finger on exactly the moment I became aware that women were demanding equal treatment and calling for the overthrow of the male-dominated world at large but it was sometime after 1968, the Summer of Love. I was a newly minted teenager, 13 and eager for a change, when I heard Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News talking about women burning their bras. …

We are going to make a difference. That’s the conclusion I reached after hearing from scores of writers and readers who are busy re-inveting how we think about age.

In the piece You Are Not Alone, you will read comments from some of people who are adding their own stories about how their lives are different than what they had expected years ago. In the stories below you will hear from more than two dozen writers — including first-time Crow’s Feet contributors Pat Austin Becker, Carolyn F. Chryst, Ph.D.,

Like you, I use my hours puttering in the garden to think about what I've accomplished, what I want to accomplish and bigger questions like 'will this tree keep growing once I'm gone?''

My mind filled in the blanks about the garden’s creator.

Mohammad Saemian on Unsplash

Have you ever dug a new garden and discovered clues to the people who lived on the property before?

In Downeast Maine it is not uncommon to run into an old trash heap when you start to dig around because people dumped their rubbish nearby then, if they couldn’t burn it.

I was not unfamiliar with trash heaps, having assisted my parents in 1975 with cleaning out a couple of decades of beer cans behind the 19th-century farmhouse they were updating in central Maine — putting in a flush toilet…

We are all getting older and some wiser, too.

Why is this woman smiling? Photo by Anthony Metcalfe on Unsplash

Have you ever felt alone, caught glimpses of yourself in the mirror and wondered where to go from here? I would be lying if I said I hadn’t felt depressed, at least momentarily, when my sagging chin and graying hair left me thinking that my future would be filled with steady decline. Salesclerks speaking down to you, the quick-footed ambitious pushing past you to make their own way.

Today, I don’t have time to think about any possible affronts to my dignity because I’m too busy interacting with a community of…

Nancy Peckenham

TV, print and online journalist. Mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, adventurer, history-lover. www.crowsfeet.life and www.ivebeeneverywhereman.us

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