Posts written by Amanda Cleary Eastep

Helena_Rogers

By Amanda Cleary Eastep We’re excited to start a new feature that highlights some of the amazing people in our Perennial Gen community and beyond. We’ll be asking our special guests 4 + 1 Questions about their lives and midlife journeys. I’m especially happy to introduce Helena Rogers, who has been my friend for nearly […]

city-train

By Amanda Cleary Eastep “I’m a Millennial in a Gen Xer’s body,” he said. I was interviewing the former VP of concept and design for McDonald’s for an alumni magazine article. In recent years, his career trajectory had shifted from corporate to the social and public sector, which included a stint in Kenya helping a […]

train-chicago

By Amanda Cleary Eastep February 2017 — Journal Entry I’ve been getting that weird feeling again. The one I get when things are going to change… Several times throughout my life, I have felt an odd vacancy open up somewhere above my heart that has inevitably signaled an eventual shift. One time in particular had […]

tricycle

Before my eight-year-old daughter would leave for her dad’s house every other weekend, I would kiss the palm of her small hand, curl her fingers into a fist, and tell her to put the kiss on her cheek when she missed me. What I didn’t realize was that she tried keeping her hand closed all […]

empty-swings

By Carlton H. Colby & Amanda Cleary Eastep Memories by Carl I met J and his younger brother in a crab apple fight. I lost. Of course, it wasn’t fair, me against the two of them along with another brother who couldn’t throw far because he was still a little guy, but he tried anyway. J […]

Window_Attic

By Amanda Cleary Eastep One after the other, the six of us young girls crawl out the second story window of my friend’s apartment and onto the flat, tar paper roof of Wilma’s Cafe where the farmers gather on Saturday mornings to drink coffee and eat Western omelets after milking or plowing or planting, depending on […]

hiker-sheep

I always imagined that someday I would be one of those people who younger Christians look at with a wistful expression and say, “She is such a pillar of strength. Nothing shakes her. She’s a prayer warrior…it’s like she has some kind of God Bat-phone.” So far that hasn’t happened. I’m waiting for the Seismic Shift, […]

Do you know which creature in the animal kingdom has the longest gestation period? Elephant? Nope. Frill shark? Ha! What’s so big about a 3.5 year pregnancy? The answer is a woman with an unfinished novel she started in college that insists on being born butt first. Technically, I finished said novel for my master’s […]

The young girl was standing in the snow, wearing only pajamas and snow boots. My car had just rounded the curve in the road that separates our condos from the apartments. The girl, about 8 years old, stood in the strip of yard beside the apartment building, her hands cupped and full of snow, her narrow jaw moving around […]