Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting


Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting


Looking back at our lives can bring gratification

Do you think it’s important to leave something behind when your life is over? Something for your family or something for the community? We all want to feel that we made a difference, that the world...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Vacations bring so much joy, but challenges too

It’s summer, time for vacations! Not only is it fun, but traveling gives us different perspectives on things. It takes us from our comfortable routines and forces us to adjust, hurry, wait, be...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Downsizing to calm: When it’s time to de-clutter

Many of us are trying to clean out years of accumulated stuff, de-clutter our living spaces and simplify our lives as we get older. Reasons for this are many: to make it easier for our kids or...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Big birthday is reminder to live in the moment

There’s a big birthday on my horizon this month. It’s one that has a zero. Yikes! It’s interesting to watch myself cling to the decade before this new one. Somehow, aging up to a new set of...

DATE: June 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Wrestling with big questions without clear answers

I am way out of my league here, but this loss of roles we experience as we age has me exploring ego and self-identity. We begin our lives just being. We are here, with no agendas, roles or goals....

DATE: May 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

As we age, our purposes change along with our years

Purpose is said to be the reason for which something exists. What about you and me? Our intentions seem to change as we age. In earlier years, our purposes may have been making a marriage, raising...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

As we get older, our friendships evolve

As we age, we’re encouraged to weed out closets, basements and attics, and throw away all the accumulated stuff of decades that no longer fits or is relevant to our current lives. I’m noticing a...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Opening to the reality of death with grace, dignity

You get the diagnosis you didn’t want. The life expectancy is five years for only one in three people, and shorter for the others. Your life changes in an instant. What do you feel? What do you...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

The challenge and difficulty of being cared for

A recent health situation has put me into the possibility of having sinus surgery in Denver. I won’t know for a few weeks, but it has caused an upheaval that I thought I wouldn’t have to experience...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

We all need resilience during our aging years

Walking in the desert canyons and stream beds near Bluff, Utah, recently, I noticed ants rebuilding their colonies the very next morning after big rains. It had poured 2 inches in two days, lots...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

Oliver Sacks’ rich intercourse with the world

Dr. Oliver Sacks has died. He was the professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, the author of many books, including Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

What our fears about death can teach us

Some of the fears about death recently shared in a group I attend that deals with aging, illness and death: To suffer alone; experience pain; be dependent on others; lose control, identity, mental...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Authentic Aging

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