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One woman’s meditation on aging, spirituality and the measure of our days
Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

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Dr. Carol Orsborn is the best-selling author of 30 books including Gold Nautilus Book Award winner in the category of Consciously Aging: The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older (with Robert L. Weber, Ph.D.)

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At its best, aging is a time of irony and disruption. We find ourselves brimming with unexpected passion, but frequently lack the energy to see things through. We experience ourselves to be at the peak of our knowledge and abilities, only to realize that we are masters of a world that no longer exists. At […]


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September 18, 2017

At first, it is a shock to be marginalized from others’ lives, to discover that our young have grown up to live on their own and that society has already rushed in to fill the empty spaces we once occupied. Later, it comes as another jolt to realize those times when we may no longer need—or […]


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September 11, 2017

What is our generation’s legacy?  As I write this, half of us have placed our country in the hands of leaders who stand against most everything I value.  In place of honesty, there are deliberate lies.  Instead of patience and diligence, there is impulse and self-motivated reactivity.  In place of humility, scapegoating.  The remainder of […]


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September 5, 2017

FIERCE WITH REALITY Some days I am grateful for all the years of my life, believing that they have grown me strong.  Other times, I wear them as gravity, weighing me down: everything bent and sinking.  On these days, upon awakening, I can feel I haven’t rested enough.  Even without a mirror nearby, I can feel […]


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RECOVERING MY VOICE

WELCOME to this special edition of Carol Orsborn.com: Older, Wiser, Fiercer. Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may have noticed that in the aftermath of the election of 2016, I have been uncharacteristically at a loss for words. That’s changed. As editor of our sister site Fierce With Age: The Digest of […]


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Nitely News

Nitely News Lucky’s  ears and tail are tucked tight. Intermittent shivers sweep her body. Her eyes dart between us knowing one or another is about to sound scary. Her favorite commercial music intervenes. A happy dog dances across the screen. Lucky jumps up and barks with all her heart and we suddenly remember how to laugh […]


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Poem of the Day: Turn the Page

  TURN THE PAGE   Self-help books have long been our friends. Guiding us through rocky starts, middles and ends.   In our twenties and thirties, underlined and dog-eared they lined our walls. Trampolines for lightening falls.   In our forties and fifties, asking us to surrender, let go. Then promising us we’ll regain control. […]


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Poem for the Day: Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo Something unwanted. How dare this happen? To me? Stupid me. Bad me. Wrong me. Sad me. Embrace the sadness me. Awaiting transformation. Giving up. Sad sad sad. With one hand of forgiveness.  One hand of mercy. Peek a boo. There she is.  


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Free Book Offer Ends April 15

Dear Subscribers, Thank you early readers of my memoir River Diary: My Summer of Grace, Solitude and 35 Geese and novella Angelica’s Last Breath, inspired by Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich.  Because of your feedback and support, these works are currently being readied for publication in traditional e-book and trade paperback formats, with the […]


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January 8: Psalm 2017

PSALM 2017   Just two months and one day ago, I didn’t know I could still bellow.   Some tell me to seek to understand, be patient, have faith. Anything but have to witness a fierce woman become emotional.   Too bad.   I hear cymbals crashing and my vocal chords crack.  


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December 24: The Season of Miracles

The Season of Miracles We are in the heart of the season of miracles.  What a fortuitous coincidence that Christmas and Chanukah overlap this year, as in these, the darkest days of 2016, we could sure use a double-dose of the miraculous. When it comes to “peace on earth, goodwill to all”, it is particularly […]


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