I recently read the book, "Learning to be Old." This was written by Margaret Cruikshank, a University of Maine professor. I really enjoyed her feminist take on aging, on the impact of cultural notions of "rugged individualism" vs collaboration, on the pace of American life, the emphasis on "productivity" as "worthiness" and on the "medical/industrial complex" (including its contribution to disabling conditions by overprescribing and pathologizing legitimate reactions to industrial care). I thought of the community of San Miguel and the way it offers, especially in the company of women, an opportunity to age in a much happier and healthier way. It's also just nice to know that there are alternatives to our culturally prescribed "realities." We can, maybe, to some small degree, self-select and help create our own cultural constructs.
Reading my own poetry tonight, 6 p.m., in the Chapel at SMCC.