Category: Aging

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

by Dena Dyer What are your dreams? Have you given them up because you think you’re too old to accomplish anything of worth? Well, here’s a little reality check for you: Sarah Bernhardt was 78 when she acted in her last stage performance Sophocles was 89 when he wrote Oedipus at Colonus, one of his […]


A few years ago, author Margaret Feinberg penned a kind and genuine expression of concern for those who have left the institutional church at midlife. (Click here to read it.) She affirmed the types of issues that typically push those at midlife and beyond out of the spiritual roost, then pleads with leavers to return […]

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 […]