If you are feeling glum about aging, you might want to listen to today’s podcast episode.
Jan M Flynn interviews author Priscilla Long about her book Dancing with the Muse in Old Age, and her thoughts about aging well. I liked so many parts of the interview. First of all, the author was trying to be proactive as she neared her 80s. She wanted to ignore the stereotypes about being a certain age and shape old age in her own way. I enjoyed the philosophy of the “say your age” groups who aren’t afraid to say the words “old age.” She mentioned briefly that it was important to take care of yourself, but I got the idea that this is not the primary focus. What she believes is most important is to continue to develop yourself. To continue learning new skills, practicing your craft in new ways, and constantly growing. I want to be one of those people creating new work in my 80s, 90s, and 100s. If you need an aging pick-me-up I suggest you listen to this podcast episode and maybe read the author’s book.
Published by Jean Anne Feldeisen
I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mildred Shropshire and Theodore Felsberg Jr. I was raised in Galloway Township and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey in the Sigma 67 Class in 1967. I attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and (almost) music. After that, I taught piano to local children and adults in the 70s and 80s, had a catering business, "Jean's in the Kitchen," from 1980 to 1992, then went to graduate school at Rutgers Camden to obtain my Masters's Degree in Social Work. Since 1996 I have worked as a therapist and counselor, first in New Jersey for five years and then, when our family moved to Maine, in Augusta, Maine, for five years. For the past 17 years, I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Gardiner, Maine, During the pandemic, I packed up and moved my office home to Washington, Maine. On the year of my seventieth birthday, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir about our parents' World War II romance, Dear Milly. I began blogging on Medium in earnest in 2020 and have posted more than 265 stories, including a block of stories about my catering career which I hope to turn into a book in the next year. I have been writing and collecting poetry since childhood but never showed it to anyone. Recently, I learned how valuable it could be to join a group for feedback and support for my writing. I have taken several courses and written many poems, and recently had several poems accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.
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