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…


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…

Readers need an emotional connection. shutterstock.com

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…

Two women sitting on a park bench paying no attention to each other
Pay attention and have more life-changing chance encounters. shutterstock.com

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…

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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