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If you take a different direction in your fifties no matter how small the turn, be prepared to be accused of having a mid-life crisis. “Crisis” implies calamity and danger. But the stereotypical mid-life crisis can also mean something very different. …


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The what and why of creativity?

It seems no matter where you look these days, someone’s extolling the virtues of creativity and the absolute necessity for it. The WEF Future of Jobs Report 2020, lists 15 skill groups as essential for 2025. One grouping is: ‘creativity, originality, and initiative’. However, the report neglects to say what…


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Oh, you fool of a mother I chastise myself as I wind up my inquisition: “How are you this morning? What are you doing? Is your homework done? Hurry up or you’ll be late for school!”

Without looking up, he flicks his phone on the bed, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Irritated…


When I decided to write about death, I walked 3 miles to sit under the shade of a Gingko to simply wonder what that word meant. It wasn’t long before the bright summer sun forced my eyes shut and my thoughts drifted here and there and after a while, the…


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Ask someone how old they are and they’ll surely give you the number of years they’ve been alive. Ask them how old they ‘feel’ and they’ll give a different answer, either much younger or older possibly depending on how their day’s going. We could also look at our age as…


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As a person just striking out in real-world ways towards my dream of being a writer finding and winning this contest is like a burst of blessed wind beneath my wings. I am so honored to be chosen to take the Creative Champion Course and excited to learn the core…


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As a writer, you are dealing with human emotions.

Since humans are wired for empathy, it’s the emotional connection between you and the reader, which is arguably the most important element in your short story article. How to hone this skill is the question most novice writers want to be…


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Do you pay homage to the ‘goddess of chance?’ In Greek mythology, Tyche was the goddess of fortune, chance, and fate (good and bad). Anything that couldn’t be readily explained from floods to seemingly effortless wealth accumulation, was attributed to her. Even today it’s common for those starting a business…


Part 1: Women with courage and strength who inspire wellness and living

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Beauty and grace shine through the power of purpose and pride.

Strong older women who strive to live life to their potential, abound and they have something in common. As their lives advanced past 60 they did not…


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Why do dairy cows come to mind when I think of how older people are often perceived? I think it has something to do with the processes of pasteurization and homogenization. …

Jen Gippel PhD

The Aging Futurist. Ph.D. Finance, MSc Creativity Studies | Combining science and personal experience I write about Aging, Creativity, and Life.

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