Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting


Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting


Can this time of uncertainty lead to transformation?

What if ... we chose to see this virus moment and this people’s revolt as an opening – a moment long enough to see ourselves, see the systems we’ve lived under for so long, and see our culture and...

DATE: June 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

COVID-19: Looking at death in the face

During this time of staying in (both in my house and in myself), I’ve come face to face with death. I have not gotten the virus, and I thank my lucky stars for that, but it’s brought up the...

DATE: May 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Coronavirus: Fear and contraction, and hope and possibility

I think it’s Saturday – hard to know – the days are all the same now. This recent health crisis has brought up lots of emotions for everyone, young and old. Most people have a certain amount of...

DATE: April 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Outgoing or quiet, where are you?

Where are you on the spectrum of solitude, or being out in the community interacting with others? Has our line between introversion and extroversion changed as we age? Many of us struggle with...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Choosing a rational suicide after a complete life

There is a difference between committing suicide and an elder choosing to end their life to avoid continued suffering from terminal illness. We regularly hear in the news about people who have...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Doctor appointments are becoming a way of life

I’ve decided to get all my medical appointments done in December and January, to start the year out healthy. It seems like many of us are going to more and more appointments the older we get, be it...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Watching the Mercury transit and seeing our fragile condition

Fort Lewis College professor Charlie Hakes, who writes the astronomy column for The Durango Herald, set up a solar telescope with two different viewing lenses and filters in the third-floor...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Avoiding and accepting pain as we get older

In October, I wrote about my recent accident, the broken ribs, and only touched on the pain that came with it. Pain deserves its own column, as many of us are living with chronic pain, and all of...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

As we get older, accidents will happen

There I was, having such a fun summer swimming at the lake, traveling, seeing family and dear friends, and eating summer’s bounty. Then – oops – I had a paddleboarding accident and fractured four...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Getting creative with living ideas as our situations evolve

It’s interesting to see how people are living out the final years of their lives. I’ve always been curious about different ways we can all feel cared for, supported and in community at the end of...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Giving back ... or not – that’s a dilemma we may face as we age

As we age, part of our growth and development moves us to give something back to our families, our communities or to the world. Caring for others and working for a better world is part of a...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

The uncertainty in our lives

The fact that we don’t know – that nothing is certain and we therefore can’t hold on to anything – can evoke fear and depression, but it can also evoke a sense of wonder, curiosity and freedom....

DATE: July 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

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