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Aging Ungracefully,Trends/Studies/Research

It Takes A (Retirement) Village: Solving the Elderly Housing Crisis in the UK

“It takes a Village,” Hillary Rodham Clinton once famously wrote. She was referring to how...

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Career Advice,Self-development

A Butterfly Theory of Personal Development

I got an email not long ago from a reader of this blog. She shared a poem that she’d seen...

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Self-development

Why Personality Tests Are Useful

I took a personality test recently. It was one of those memes circulating on Facebook in which you...

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  • It Takes A (Retirement) Village: Solving the Elderly Housing Crisis in the UK

    “It takes a Village,” Hillary Rodham Clinton once famously wrote. She was referring to how societies can best support children to become able, resilient adults. But I think the same principle might readily be applied to how we care for a rapidly ageing population. I began to turn this over in my mind whilst checking […]

    Posted on November 16, 2017 0 comments
  • A Butterfly Theory of Personal Development

    I got an email not long ago from a reader of this blog. She shared a poem that she’d seen posted elsewhere on the internet which used the metaphor of the butterfly’s chrysalis to understand those periods when we need to go inside ourselves in order to grow. The word chrysalis has two meanings in […]

    Posted on November 9, 2017 0 comments
  • Why Personality Tests Are Useful

    I took a personality test recently. It was one of those memes circulating on Facebook in which you are told which Harry Potter character you most resemble based on your Myers Briggs personality type. Mine was Lord Voldemort. According to this quiz, Voldy (a classic ENTJ) is all about “ambition, leadership, and borderline-ruthless rationality.” I […]

    Posted on October 31, 2017 0 comments
  • Five Reasons Funerals Can Be Uplifting

    I went to a funeral not long ago. It was for a family friend, roughly my age, who had killed himself. He left behind a wife and three step-children. It was pretty horrible.  And yet, I still found myself pleased to be at his service. I’m not sure if I’m going out on a limb […]

    Posted on October 26, 2017 0 comments
  • Amanda Wakes Up: Challenging Your Own Political Biases

    From time to time, I make recommendations about books on this blog which I think speak to some aspect of being a grown up . Today’s pick is Alisyn Camerota’s Amanda Wakes Up, a fictional account of a journalist who gets a big career break when she’s promoted to be an anchor on television news, […]

    Posted on October 19, 2017 0 comments