I recently attended a weekend workshop for older women. The leaders used the word “’crone” to define the stage in a woman’s life after she passes through menopause. Why, I wondered would anyone want to call themselves a crone? If you check any dictionary, the word is associated with being an old hag, a shrew, basically a mean and ugly woman. No way did I want that to be my identification, so I did some further investigation. I searched to find if there was a more pleasing word that might be used to reference a post-menopausal woman.