There’s a terrible moment in the life of some older folks when wiser minds forbid them from driving anymore. Maybe it’s not so bad for some. But I imagine that for me it’s going to be really hard. Here, in the remarkable final scene of Nebraska, an aged and somewhat confused Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), […]

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Patrick Bonavitacola, an actor and writer, shares these agonizing words about the beginning of his Third Act. My Third Act. Rough start: My wife’s sickness, a long painful death, becoming a widower, emotional exhaustion, financial devastation, confusion, darkness, depression, questions… questions… questions. What now? What now? For the last forty years it has been all […]

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In this poem James Whitcomb Riley speaks to the wistful, ever present and quiet grief that follows upon the death of a loved one. “He is not dead” I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He […]

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I frequently look in on the elder blog TIME GOES BY which contained a link the other day to a 3-minute commercial from a life insurance company. I think you’ll find it moving, especially if you’re a care-giver of a spouse or parent.

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