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Angelena Craig October 1, 2020 I like that word, resilient, the way it rolls off my tongue. Although resiliency is not a word commonly used, the definition is closely related to the more familiar yoga-like principles of staying flexible and pliable and bending deeply.
This topic of resiliency is, in fact, becoming more popular. Just recently it has been explored with some depth in a series of published articles in The New York Times, looking at how do we build the resilience necessary to weather setbacks and navigate life’s volatility.
BOOMER TALK, a column by Angelena Craig, published in The Newburyport (MA) Daily News,
As the deadline to submit this month's Boomer Talk column approached, I found myself stymied. What might I write that was new or interesting, inspiring, educational, motivating, and/or uplifting, all the qualities I hope for in producing this once a month, ten year column for the readers of the Newburyport Daily News? I started and stopped my writing assignment over and over again. But nothing of value came forth. Had I said everything I wanted to say before in past essays, and all that was left was just a repeat…same old, same old?
I knew what i did not want to talk about…the dismal economy, the upcoming, contentious elections, police reform and injustice, the Sahara dust cloud, the threat of rising waters, hurricane season coming at us, the daily pandemic numbers, our choices in facial masks. All that has been covered by me and everyone else and the topics of our daily conversations do not vary very much.
So much has already been said about how to deal with this pandemic crisis. We have been endlessly instructed on the ways to determine if we have the virus, what to do about it, and how important is keeping physical distance so as to protect our selves and others.
While social isolation is challenging, it can be a time of reflection, of looking inward and asking ourselves some questions. What is really important, here and now, with these set of circumstances we have been dealt? How can we nourish not only our physical but our mental, and spiritual health? Can there be a positive outcome, after all is said and done?
"Tis the Season"
BOOMER TALK DECEMBER, 2018
“Tis the season to be jolly”, this long holiday season extending from mid-November through January first. The jolly part may be thought of as feeling festive and joyful and light-hearted as we prepare for and then celebrate the special days of Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa and then finally, The New Year.
But this celebratory sense is not felt by everyone, myself included. Instead, as Thanksgiving Day came and went, I felt melancholy (a less potent word than depressed). Some of that sad feeling had to do with my family and closest friends living too far away for a get-together. And besides, having just one designated day to focus on the quality of thankfulness never made sense to me because gratitude is something I often think about each and every day.
Our nation’s Founding Fathers acknowledged “The Pursuit of Happiness” to be one of our “unalienable rights”. No, they didn’t guarantee that happiness is a right, just the pursuit of it. Most of us keep running after it, the feeling of euphoria, bliss or contentment, but only a few find lasting happiness.
The topic of happiness is very much in the news, in self-help magazines, and coming from our spiritual teachers. According to a recent article in The Week, there is “a science of happiness.” The behaviorists have been researching to find out what are the basic building blocks leading to a life of joy and contentment?
For those who believe a new year can bring change, moving from 2017 to 2018 will be welcomed, since most of us agree that this past year has been extraordinarily tumultuous and challenging, to say the least.
We’ve seen more of Mother Nature’s roar, with terrible destruction in so many places in our own country and abroad. Some of us have experienced only minor inconveniences like short-term power outages, while countless others have witnessed, directly, entire areas extinguished by hurricanes, flooding or fires.
When you add onto this the extreme political and economic divisions within our nation, it seems “never the twain shall meet,” unity of these United States seems unlikely, and we probably will not see any kind of major change in 2018.
The glass ceiling is defined as that unknown yet unbreachable, informal, less-than-explicit limit and barrier that keeps women (and also minority racial groups) from rising to the upper rung of the corporate and political ladders, regardless of their qualifications or achievements. Although this term was first used in the early 1980’s as a way of recognizing women can only go just so far, it is still aptly applied today.
We can start by looking at the pay gap with women earning, on average, 82 cents to every $1 eared by men.
Having a sense of security is a quality we humans consider crucial for our well-being. We want to know we are physically safe, financially secure and our close relationships will never go away. We want to count on things at least staying the same as they have been or, even better, improving.
At this time in our history, many Americans are feeling anxious when we consider the state of our union. The idea of pledging allegiance to the flag, crossing our hearts while stating our commitment to “one nation, undivided and with liberty and justice for all” seems a distant dream of our fore fathers.
Each passimg day brings us the world, national and local news, causing us to feel unbalanced and, let’s face it, worried. Perhaps, as never before, we feel on shakey ground, uncertain about the instability in Washington. Will it get as serious as an impeachment? Are we moving further into the next war? With budget cuts will our health care and the education of our children be compromised? Will we lose our hard-won freedoms? How about our life savings? Could the stock market plunge? With climate change, will the rising tides and severe acts of nature (just seen in Texas) threaten our very homes?