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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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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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Fierce with Reality: In Memorium 11/3/17

“All the frustration, trials and pain, hopefully, cause us to be more understanding, loving, forgiving, and compassionate.” –Roger Ferguson These inspiring words first came in response to the blog that launched Older, Wiser, Fiercer in September. Sadly, we heard them again last week, in the minister’s eulogy to our beloved friend Roger Ferguson, taken from […]


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Caring–Intensively: 10/26/17

When we come into age, we aspire to be accepting of change, but it’s complicated. At any given time, we may serenely set our gears to neutral, allowing gravity to have its way with us on the down ramp to mortality.  Then we have second thoughts, shifting full throttle into reverse.  If we thought to […]


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Homecoming 10/16/17

What happens to us after we die? I’m fairly certain that personal ego is not in the picture–that one will be rewarded for one’s special goodness; that one is uniquely qualified to co-pilot with God and the like.  Lately, I’ve been having intimations of a more humble but dependable possibility.  These are the moments when ego […]


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In the Wilds: 10/12/17

Our generation did everything in our power to gain control over our circumstances, individual as well as societal. Is this true of every generation? If so, the old have been, are and will always be doomed to fall short.  But disappointment, as it turns out, can provide rich ground for surprises. In this, a moment […]


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My Second Mile of the Day: 10/3/17

I went to the neighborhood senior center for my usual work out. I am continually amazed both that I am old enough to be allowed into such a place—and humbled by how much better the eighty and even some ninety-year-olds can be than me at reaching the floor with their palms and balancing on one […]


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“The Bigger Person”” September 28, 2017

My heart weeps for our times. How could it not, given the cruelty, selfishness and ignorance on parade virtually every way we turn.  Perhaps if we were less connected, we would not have to cringe so often.  But what alternative do we have when every time we switch on our computers and phones, every time […]


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Unearned Irrelevance: September 25, 2017

I believe in the need to make judgments and when one sees a wrong, to take action. But perhaps because I am older, wiser, fiercer, there are days when the facts of my life–even the state of the world–seem beside the point. Today is such a day. Yes, the disagreement with a good friend turned […]


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