Category: Aging

by Dena Dyer After a commenter on Rachel Farnsworth’s Stay at Home Chef food blog told the chef she should dye her hair because her grey strands made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel filmed a video response. Rachel says, “Growing older is not something to be ashamed of. It’s not something we should […]

By Kim Post Watson What a great title! What a big fat lie! Here I am, developing tools for processing the midlife journey in faith communities, and feeling pretty excited after writing a blog post for The Perennial Gen, yet when I saw the topic of health for October, I just skipped on by. Health […]

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled… Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much! My friend and I were talking yesterday–and […]

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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 […]

A recent study found that there has been an alarming spike in suicides among midlife women. I am neither scientist nor statistician, but I am a midlife woman. Some have called mid-life “Prime Time.” but few midlife women in my circles are crowing that they’re living their best life now. Most of my friends tell me they’ve experienced […]

I was in a room with a bunch of young pastors-in-training, and commented to a friend that I could feel the testosterone in the air even though there were a number of women present. “That’s not testosterone you’re sensing,” he told me. “It’s ambition.” As I observed the body language among the group (so many […]

Editor’s note: Deb Malcom Lawrence, friend of The Perennial Gen, sent us this prayer penned by an anonymous nun in the 17th century. She said she’s loved it since she was in college, and we can see why. It is an apt prayer for those of us at midlife and beyond. Thanks for sharing it […]

Thanks to our friend Melinda Schmidt for sharing this beautiful poem by Jayne Relaford Brown with us.   I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted, grey at the temples, soft body, delighted, cracked up by life with a laugh that’s known bitter, but, past it, got better, knows she’s a survivor— that whatever comes, she […]

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June was an incredible month here at The Perennial Gen! Thank you to everyone who read, commented on, and shared the posts submitted by our generous guest writers. Friendship turned out to be the perfect topic for our themed submissions as we watched the growing response to this new site and social media community. Here’s […]

Our friend Melinda Schmidt shared this quote from Sister Joan Chittister’s book Folloiwng The Path. We thought it might encourage some of you today:  We like to think that the young are restless to grow up; we fail to realize that the middle-aged are restless about it, too. But where the young are growing out […]