Full of Years

If you value people who are older—and also your own aging—these entries will help you rejoice in the fullness of this stage of life: its gritty realities, secret joys, hidden spirituality and cherished moments—reasons to be grateful that old age is always a gift from God!

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After the alleluias

If yesterday was Easter special, this week may return to post-Easter ordinary. Or not? I take my cues from the likelihood that the first disciples dealt with the same choice. “He is risen” had not yet reached the ears of many of them—some may not have known anything except the desolate sadness of Jesus’ death. And those for whom resurrection was as tangible as an evening meal may still haveMORE...

What did Jesus do on Wednesday?

The Bible’s Holy Week calendar is pretty clear about what happened each day: Monday was Curse the Fig Tree Day; Tuesday was No More Fig Tree Day; Thursday was Passover Day and Friday was a jumble of events leading to Jesus death. I’ve always wondered what happened on that Wednesday. So, to fill this empty place on the church year calendar, I offer here an imaginative reconstruction of what JesusMORE...

Because this week is Holy…

Where I live, this coming week promises to be typical for this time of year: A big swing in weather patterns, keeping gardeners, golfers and gophers on edge. Because this coming week is designated as “holy”, it’s possible that my thoughts and behaviors will be bent toward what’s holy—whatever that might mean. Looking ahead at the coming days, I find my thoughts ranging as widely and wildly as theMORE...

Next Avenue!

Months ago, I extolled the value and virtues of a web site, www.nextavenue.org, that speaks to the realities faced by older adults. Here I want to repeat those positive feelings, and to invite you once again to consider how this unique web site might add to your well-being. To repeat some background, Next Avenue is associated with Twin Cities Public Broadcasting in Minnesota. The organizationMORE...

Accepting the terms of agreement

If you’re like me, you may click YES when the app download box asks if you’ve read– AND ACCEPT—the entire Terms of Agreement. If you’re like the vast majority of us, you agree to the stipulations without reading them all! That’s how we may give over to others the right to determine how we will use a product or service. Alan Castel, author of *Better with Age: The Psychology of SuccessfulMORE...

Band-Aid people!

When I was growing up, I loved Band-Aids®. Although there were very few variations back then, the presence of a Band-Aid® on a scuffed knee or elbow was comforting—“This, too, will heal.” Then I became a metaphor-loving adult, and learned about the idea that “Band-Aid® solutions don’t really solve the underlying problems.” Now, it seemed, the ubiquitous flexible bandage was not as helpful—atMORE...

Announcement: Offices closed

Full of Years, LLC, LSMFT, LOL announces that its worldwide network of offices will close on Monday, April 1, 2019, in observance of *Old Fools Day. Except at our Mid-North Asia regional headquarters in Ulbszky, Bezerkestan, all corporate functions will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd. Full of Years staff wish you a joyful day of celebration, knowing that you, too, can lighten the load on people’sMORE...

Stranger danger

Today’s entry is meant especially for older guys. Although I’m keeping the tone light, this matter is serious enough to encourage men past a certain age to be aware of the possibility that they may be perceived as dangerous, even when they are not. Just when we thought we were aging into a stage in life when our older-guy presence provided calm and assurance to those around us, the opposite mayMORE...

Lingering memories

The longer I live, the more memories I have stored up. This truism about older adulthood comes with a slight twist: It might become harder for me to dwell on any single memory. Each recollection —rich in its depth and satisfaction—can compete with the others for my attention, time and energy. There are good reasons to hold on to a specific memory for more than a few seconds. Any of myMORE...

A different twist on advocacy

Today I want to invite you to try a kind of advocacy that you might enjoy: Being in direct contact with businesses who are making—or could make—a difference in our world. First a story….. I love apples, and so have enjoyed a Trader Joe’s “Autumn Glory” apples, produced by the good folks at SuperFresh Growers in Yakima, Washington. Because Trader Joe’s has recently agreed to start limitingMORE...

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Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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