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by Debby Hudson Ten years ago, our firstborn daughter snuggled her newborn into that warm crook between her shoulder and neck, tilting her head toward the baby’s crown. She gently patted her daughter’s back and whispered, “One day we’ll be best friends but for now I’m your mama.” This wise, grown woman was now bending […]

menopause

By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

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 Beth J. Drechsel For most of my life I’ve been chronically ill with a hereditary blood coagulation defect. I suffer with joint and muscle pain, fatigue and sleep deprivation. For many years, despite my illness, I was able to use my spiritual gift, joyfully serving in my local church whereever that was: on the […]

Last month, we invited readers to take a short survey about some of the challenges, concerns, and joys of midlife. Amanda and I are dedicated to making sure we’re serving you well at this site with meaningful content. (Click here to learn about the Perennial Gen mission.) More than 80 of you took the survey! […]

by Dena Dyer During a recent panel discussion for The Washington Post, actress Fran Drescher confided that it had taken her two years and eight doctors to get a correct uterine cancer diagnosis. She was an atypical patient, since her type of cancer usually happens to women who are post-menopausal or obese, and she was neither. So […]

By Kirk Hazlett I’ve discovered over the roller-coaster event called “life” that the only thing I can really depend on is that something is going to change. Don’t know when. Don’t know what. All I know is it will. When I switched from federal government employment to private sector in my first and second jobs, […]

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by Michelle Van Loon We learn from a young age to have a ready answer to the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” The question trains us to think about vocation solely in terms of career: “I want to be a firefighter…a teacher…a veterinarian…a landscape designer…a pastor…a writer…a rock star.” […]

cityscape

By Debby Hudson I keep trying to know who I am. Now. In this part of life that is leaving me feeling stranded on a dirt road with nary a sign in sight. Writing helps me process. It often reveals answers or offers a glimpse of possibility. In seeing the words spelled out, black on […]