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Restorative Eldership

Restoring Eldership to families and communities is at the heart of the sustainability movement. Elders traditionally take the long view on the culture and the world, offering perspective honed by experience when the community faces critical emerging challenges. In conversation with the innovative spark of youngers, we elders are called to hold the long view […]

Telling the Stories We Live Inside

What does it mean—“to make sense of life”? It simply means fitting the elements into what I consider to be a coherent narrative… The story of my real life is not a neatly crafted story, not an aesthetically unified, coherent novel or drama;  it’s something of a hodge-podge. It’s full of digression, overlapping subplots, unfinished lines of action, trivia, changes […]

White Water Fling

Margaret A. sent this story: It was the summer of 1996 when I decided to go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon, at the age of 44.  I knew it was the thing to do the moment a line from the movie Grand Canyon popped into my mind: talking to Kevin Klein, Danny Glover […]

Monet in the Mountains

James B. shared this image: On Labor Day weekend (2001) in Colorado, my daughter and I drove up to the summit of Mt. Evans. At over 14,000 feet the summit is well above the tree line so there are only low growth plants covering the mountainside.  Our timing was perfect as the plants were turning […]

Snow Surprise!

Terry H. shared this story: We lived in Anchorage when I was a 10 year-old boy while my dad was stationed at Elmendorf AFB.  That winter Anchorage got 132 inches of snow. People were digging tunnels from their front door to the street. After one snowstorm when the roads were cleared, my family took a drive […]

Life-Long Hunting

Laine H. tells this story: When I was a kid of about 12 or 13, my family and I lived in rural north Alabama. We had about 3 acres surrounded by fields and second growth scrub forest—great for us boys to run around exploring in. I had lobbied for a rifle to learn to shoot […]

Summer mud-play

Vickie and I woke early that Saturday to morning air, freshened by overnight thunderstorms, streaming into our second-floor window. We were sisters just released from a school year and ready for adventure!  Cereal with milk, quick change from pajamas to play clothes–and we were off. Our curiosity about the construction site down the road drew […]

Giving and Thanks

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. … [T]he credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who at best knows in the end the triumph […]

Presence at Climate March

Rick Moody, President of the Board, and I teamed up to represent Gray Is Green at the Peoples Climate March in Manhattan on September 21, 2014. In advance of the March, Rick and I convened a series of teleconferences to orchestrate partner groups we planned to join with at the March—Conscious Elders Network, Sage-ing International, Elder […]

Cultivating Eco-Mind

A few hundred years ago, the world was flat  to some of our ancestors. Now, the world is a globe—and it makes a difference!  Shared ideas about truth and reality create our common sense of the world, our sense of what is possible in the world. Now in the 21st Century, we experience the need […]

Shelter and Sociability

As spring arrives with social events in the community and the call of the gardens at home, I find myself reflecting on the dance of shelter and sociability. Vital relationships in the wide community of life include family, friends and neighbors as well as the pets, squirrels and birds that pass through the gardens, the […]

Mid-Winter Reflections

Even as February signals the coming of spring, there is a lingering gestational benefit from the dark and chill of late winter: snowstorms in New England signal the season is not over.  I am reminded to embrace fully the benefits of winter’s slower pace, to savor completely the abundance that appeared in the recent season […]

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Pete Singer, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday, January 27, 2014. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y.  His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill […]

Robert Lane, Gray Is Green Founder

 Robert Lane, Founder of Gray Is Green “Born in 1917, I was twelve when the stock market crashed in 1929, coming to intellectual adulthood during the Great Depression and the New Deal years. As the son of a sometime professor and Executive Director of the Welfare Council in New York City (1933-1943) and with my […]

Holidays: Celebrating Hospitality

Hosting and Guesting in a spiral of welcome to embrace whatever comes up in life: this is what I learned from my mother as the relational spirit of hospitality. I think of her as I reflect on this piece from the thirteenth century philosopher-scholar Jelaluddin Rumi: This being human is a guest house.  Every morning […]

To Be of Use

The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. Marge Piercy’s poem came up in my Labor Day reflections, then stayed with me as a riff on Autumn—as shifting light and shifting life. Autumn-of-life schedules create a change in the […]

Aging and Environmental Stewardship

The Shadow of an Older Tree: Aging and Environmental Stewardship    By Gill Joseph, Social Gerontologist and Owner/Director, Clear Pane Research Services, Ontario Canada, on twitter @Clearpane. Re-posted from June 26, 2013, EARTH NINJA    In 2003 France experienced the hottest summer since 1540. All summer temperatures soared. For many days, thermometers registered well over 40 degrees […]

Elder Activism

Bringing Young and Old to the Climate Fight By Bill McKibben, Founder of It always seems to me that different groups can bring different things to the climate fight — not completely different, but subtly so, in ways that reflect the diversity of our society. So, for instance, young people have been crucial leaders of […]

America the Soulful

“America the Beautiful” tugs at my heart in summer concerts.     Yet with spacious skies of fire and smoke, fields besieged by drought and fruits by flood, with heat waves from sea to shining sea, it is Ray Charles’ lyrics that ring in my ears: Oh beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife, Who […]

Early Summer Buzz

Early summer is prime time in the journey to the ground at our feet with warming days to stir both soil and soul. With summer solstice upon us, the dirt–under my fingernails, on my fresh produce–is as common as longer hours of daylight. How healthy is your strawberry season? Strawberries, with cream and shortcake is […]



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