I remember the moment I truly understood my mother, a woman I couldn't understand for the life of me ... I saw her loneliness that day. I saw it because, for the first time, I felt glimmers of it in my own life.
The first 50-year period is already a known quantity: a person is born, passes to adulthood, finds a partner and raises children. But no such certainty applies to the next 50 years. What do you expect your second lifetime to be?
Emily, Alone is a book of quiet yet stunning beauty; steady and trim from the outside, like its protagonist, and, just like her, stirring inside with intense observations, and a strong attachment to living.
For me, putting a pile of poems in the center of the room has the same effect as a punchbowl laced with LSD. It opens, expands, lifts, and loosens separate selves enough to stir a sensation of collective consciousness.
Go back to the day after Thanksgiving. Serenity might be too strong a word, but forgive yourself: your mind is still foggy from heavy injections of sugar, butter and tryptophan. You are experiencing Thanksgiving nirvana.
The World Health Organization has included New York City in its global network of age-friendly cities. The WHO's guide is a starting point -- and a crucial element that should be added is mental health.