Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. “The Middle Stages” began in September 2014 to continue a conversation that I began with readers 20 years ago when I wrote an award-winning column, “On Balance: Issues That Affect Work and Home,” for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
My interests have evolved since then to include 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.
The blog’s “Social Studies” section is a more recent addition, sparked by my keen interest in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign and my growing awareness of unconscious bias, class disparities and how feminism is struggling to remain relevant to younger women.
At heart, “The Middle Stages” seeks to help women in later middle age and older continue to forge full lives even as our priorities and sensibilities change, and as society seems to devalue and dismiss us.