Parents, teachers, and friends often asked me this question. In second grade, the teacher asked us to make a construction paper cut-out of what we wanted to be when we grew up. At 7 or 8 years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.Read More
Like a lot of Next Avenue readers, I find myself thinking about what’s next for me. My mind is imaging how I can harvest my lifetime of experience into a business venture that is satisfying to me while serving others.
It turns out that I’m not alone. In fact, many of our fellow Baby Boomers around the country are having the same experience.Read More
Join WOSU Public Media’s Next Avenue CBus initiative for a “Shifting Gears: New Paths After 50” community conversation on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30pm at WOSU@COSI.Read More
Some years back, I accepted a promotion and with it came a transfer to Zurich Switzerland. The job was a stretch for me and, in addition, I agreed to do the job in German. The company sponsored my German education and set the expectation that within a month, I’d go from no ability, to speaking well enough to conduct meetings with executives.Read More
Join Next Avenue CBus for the Act Three: A Life of Growth, Purpose and Contribution workshop led by executive coaches John Schuster and Patricia Kane on Thursday, September 24.Read More
Wisdom at its worst is lessons learned through trials and tribulations, hopefully to not be repeated as one moves through the remainder of one’s life. Wisdom at its best is lessons learned and remembered through others’ trials and tribulations, escaping the worst of bad situations. ‘It’s easier to get older than it is to get wiser’ the worn plaque on my desk often reminds me. I have definitely gotten older but that hasn’t seemed easy. Have I really gotten wiser without ‘working’ at it?Read More
Barbara Sokol died three years ago, but her legacy lives on. Barbara lived her life as a connector, a woman who was always looking for ways to put people together, just to see what would happen. And when Barbara matched people up, good things always happened. She was my mentor for how to reinvent my life after age fifty, and she never even knew it.Read More
At the age of 80, landscape photographer Laura Gilpin suddenly became famous.
Gilpin worked and lived the majority of her life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a girl she met and was encouraged by William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) who photographed the west as the railroad expanded, bringing images of untouched, magnificant landscapes to the folks back east. Jackson’s photographs are heralded as the most important ever made and helped define what we know as the American West.Read More