AGING WITH DIGNITY: Meaning And Value Of Old Age by The Pontifical Council For The Laity

July 13, 2017

People today live longer and enjoy better health than in the past.  They are also able to cultivate interests made possible by higher levels of education.  No longer is old age synonymous with dependence on others or a diminished quality of life.  But all this seems not enough to dislodge a negative image of old age or encourage a positive acceptance of a period of life in which many of our contemporaries see  nothing but an unavoidable and burdensome decline. The perception of old age as a period of decline, in which human and social inadequacy is taken for granted, is in fact very widespread today.  But this is a stereotype.  It does not take account of a condition that is in practice far more diversified, because older people are [...]

FRIENDSHIP: The Enchanted Bluff by Willa Sibert Cather

April 27, 2017

We had our swim before sundown, and while we were cooking our supper the oblique rays of light made a dazzling glare on the white sand about us. The translucent red ball itself sank behind the brown stretches of corn field as we sat down to eat, and the warm layer of air that had rested over the water and our clean sand-bar grew fresher and smelled of the rank ironweed and sunflowers growing on the flatter shore. The river was brown and sluggish, like any other of the half-dozen streams that water the Nebraska corn lands. On one shore was an irregular line of bald clay bluffs where a few scrub-oaks with thick trunks and flat, twisted tops threw light shadows on the long grass. The western shore was low and level, with corn fields that [...]