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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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The Greatness Gap

We who are older, wiser, fiercer have moments when we experience ourselves to be merged with the divine. In the moment, we know we are good and that life is inherently meaningful. But it doesn’t necessarily stick. I only experience unity some times, but I experience the yearning for unity most of the time, and […]


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Beside the Point

The gang from Zumba class were trying out a new restaurant for my seventieth birthday. Service was slow and we were overly hungry.  It was a spectacularly unlucky case of timing that just when I finally decided to start unwrapping my birthday presents, the long-absent waiter suddenly showed up with the overdue food.   Already committed […]


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On Turning 70

Older, Wiser, Fiercer: 1/30/2018 Over the years, I’ve come to embrace aging as a gift and privilege: the growing freedom, the welcomed lessening of ego, the early signs of wisdom.  Then turning 70 snuck up on me. Things began simply enough, making plans to celebrate my milestone birthday. But it got complicated.  First, a good […]


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Our Life’s Work 1/23/2018

The Me Too movement is revolutionary, but it is also the culmination of what for many Boomer women has been our life work. The origins of women’s liberation harken back to visionary women who preceded us, but we were the first generation of women charged with figuring out how to make the transition from one […]


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A New Season

Little Lucky has finally submitted to the annual indignity of donning her red down doggy coat.   We’d thought that when the temperatures plummeted the squirrels would disappear and she would lose interest in running outside.  But while it is true there isn’t the frantic activity that accompanied late fall, the bared branches have revealed the […]


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At the Gates

The soul “judges itself by choosing, in accord with the character formed during its life on earth, which sort of an afterlife it shall have.”                                                                                                                       –Aldous Huxley The old woman stood before the guarding angel, so many tears welling in her eyes that she could not read the letters on the gates.  While she […]


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Shadow and Light 11/29/17

Three elderly men in wheelchairs sit side by side at a bank of bay windows.  Behind each are institutionalized bustle and the faint scent of antiseptic.  Outside, there are trees and a garden and a late fall breeze. Each sits perfectly still and any differences between them are not apparent.  But one has achieved something […]


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Stumbling towards Thanks 11/21/17

In light of the relentless parade of daily headlines, this passing year has been one of disappointment, regret, revelation, righteous indignation and painful moments of truth. And yet, here comes Thanksgiving again, making seemingly impossible demands on us this time around. At least, unlike last year, this time there isn’t the same sense that there […]


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My Theory of Everything

I think of myself as a seeker and for years I experienced myself as a human being utilizing spiritual practice to alleviate the drama of life. But one of the great gifts of age is that perceptions—even cherished ones– can seemingly change in a flash, like the final drop of water finally overflowing a dam. All the life […]


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Cosmic vs. Actual Mothers: 11/6/17

During my midlife tenure at divinity school, feminist theologians liberated the notion of God the Father into God the Mother. As a featured presenter this week in a free on-line summit for older women on the theme Older, Wiser, Freer: Thriving in Our Third Act, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the feminine […]


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