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Crow’s Feet writers are tackling big issues, starting with a piece by Zoe Berry that explores how we think about growing older shapes our experience in later years. Positivity is what matters most.

Max K. Erkiletian took a deep dive into the science of aging in a three-part series below. Get the latest on genetic research in his pieces and, in the third part, learn what people are saying about the benefits of a very long life.

Read on for these and more reflections on life as we age as well as some practical tips and observations about enjoying life…

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We’ve made it through more than half the winter and now the promise of spring revives our hopes. Added to the knowledge that the snow and ice will be melting is the promise of a Covid-19 vaccine that lifts our spirits even more.

Crow’s Feet writers are responding to this surge of energy, our words filled with optimism as we share our thoughts on aging.

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Crow’s Feet is growing and expanding and welcomes new writers to share their visions about life as we age.

With a collection of Crow’s Feet essays and poems now in print, Crow’s Feet is expanding to an online publication,, that features select essays.

It’s free, and you can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter with selected essays here.

On Crow’s Feet you will find writers who are re-defining the second half of life, finding common threads and using words to erase the stigma of what was once called “old age.” If you want to share your story on…

Responding to the prompt: How Do You Identify Yourself

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Photo by Allec Gomes on Unsplash

What’s in a name? asks a fellow Medium writer, @thewriteyard, and what does it say about your identity? Surprisingly, thewriteyard reveals little of her own. She manages to describe the different names she has been called in a lifetime without ever revealing her full name. Neat trick.

My name is Nancy Peckenham and most people call me that. As a child, like Ms. Thewriteyard, I tried to give some flare to what I thought was a dumb first name by spelling it Nancee, jettisoning the ‘y.’ I was foolishly imitating the…

How white supremacy has survived for more than 150 years.

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Charlottesville, Va, 2014. Photo by the author.

The prominent role played by white supremacists who joined Nazi groups, conspiracy theorists and QAnon followers in a brazen attack on the nation’s Capitol last week should come as no surprise. Their roots are as old as our nation’s founders and interwoven with our fate. White supremacists are not outliers nor a remnant of the past.

Just a month before the attack on our symbols of democracy, I had a chance to visit the Deep South, the part of the country where civil war, defeat, and fear of freed slaves nourished white supremacy, turning grievances into hate.

Our road trip…

Hello, Crow’s Feet readers.

Welcome to the world of reinventing how we think about life as we age.

This past year has shown us that life is precarious and revealed a built-in indifference towards the elderly. These times have pushed more people than ever to speak up, to re-define how we want to be seen in our later years.

For many of us, a year of isolation has cast a new appreciation for later life.

When the pandemic ends and we are once again free to hug a friend or dine in a restaurant, will the sensation be more precious…


We welcome two new writers, Kate Frick Sheridan and Ren Powell who are taking stock of where they’ve been and how that shapes where they may go in the years ahead.

We also hear from long-time Crow’s Feet contributors who continue to find new insights about life as we age.


Reflections of an Aging Feminist. (It’s their turn now). By Kate Frick Sheridan

According to Plan. Aging as an Advantage to the Creative Life. By Ren Powell

Either/Or — Both. Who we get to be. By Ann Litts

You Can Do Better Than Telling Mature People That They Look Great

An exercise plan for the next quarter century.

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The author back on the trail.

I started hiking again this week and it was exhilarating, though I had to kick my 65-year-old body in motion to make it up some hills. The sandy path led us up into the notch of a canyon, barely a boulder to clamber over — but still up.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been challenged by physical exercise. I’ve been living on the coast of Maine, at sea level, and my daily walks rarely challenge me. I haven’t dare to re-visit the gym where I worked out at this stage of the…

Our goal is to avoid coming in contact with people and the virus.

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The midday sun struggling to be seen through the fog. Photo by the author.

We made the decision back in July to spend the winter traveling in our van. At the time, we were prowling for direction that would get us back on course after the shock of losing a close family member. We had to find a new home in a hurry and picked one that, while beautiful, didn’t have the central heating required to get us through a winter in northern Maine. Besides, we had long ago pledged not to live where it’s cold.

“No problem,” my husband and…

Twenty-five days remain before 2021 begins and I’m ready to get there quickly. Today I can be thankful that time passes more quickly as you age. The past nine months have weighed heavily on all of us — and those who have lost loved ones or income to the pandemic are reeling from the loss.

Yet Crow’s Feet writers dig within and find resilience that springs from the awareness that this too shall pass. They find humor, too, and a sense of community. Here’s what they have to say.


Finding Home in this Time of Disquiet. Home resides within.

Nancy Peckenham

TV, print and online journalist. Mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, adventurer, history-lover. and

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