It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog on this website—several months, in fact. During that time I’ve been hard at work on my new book, whose working title is now The Final Mountain: Aging with Honor and Dignity: A Guide for Men. One mission of this book is to strengthen intuition and emotion in aging men, and help them redefine what it means to be a man in the last third of life.
This new book follows on my 2012 book Aging as a
Spiritual Practice. That book was … Read More
The process of aging is
not a smooth, continuous trajectory from youth to old age. It happens in several distinct, identifiable
steps or stages. These stages are
actually demarcated by significant life events—the last child leaving home, a promotion,
retirement—but colloquially and emotionally we tend to think of aging’s stages
as decades: our fifties, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, and
beyond. A birthday with a zero—my God,
I’m fifty!—is a major, often bittersweet, signpost. While everyone’s path of aging is unique,
each decade has characteristics common to most people in them.
In my book-in-process Men Aging Well, I have … Read More