I began my blog, “The Middle Stages: Women Reimagine Midlife,” in September 2014. I sought to continue a conversation that I began in the 1990s when I wrote an award-winning column for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press: “On Balance: Issues That Affect Work and Home.”
“The Middle Stages” examines how middle-aged women maximize the benefits of aging, confront the social inequities that our children will inherit, and seek space amid the demands of career, elder care and contributions to our communities.
Since I turned 60 in July 2017, the term “middle age” no longer feels like it defines me. I will continue to explore how older women embrace aging in a society that devalues and dismisses us. But I also want to focus on the rich decade that lies ahead and see how women and men alike navigate the “middle stages” between midlife and old age.