Personal Reflections

Stand-up Comedian Diana Barnhart, 3rd Act Graduate: “Living life fully – no regrets” by Patricia Cavanaugh

Stand-up Comedian Diana Barnhart, 3rd Act Graduate: “Living life fully – no regrets” by Patricia Cavanaugh

We want to follow up on last week’s post about Diana Barnhart, where we congratulated her on her stunning video, and share an interview we did with Diana recently.  This is the first of several interviews we plan to complete over the next few months with our 3rd Act graduates. We would love to hear about your accomplishments too! […]

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“Welcome a New Class of 3rd Act Grads!” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Welcome a New Class of 3rd Act Grads!” by Patricia Cavanaugh

So much has changed since November 8, but one thing remains the same: the heartfelt connections with the women at the fifth annual 3rd Act Women’s Retreat and the widening circle of powerful and purposeful 3rd Act graduates. The retreat was held at our spiritual home Bishop’s Ranch over the Halloween weekend. Here in Northern […]

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“Creativity and Legacy in The 3rd Act” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Creativity and Legacy in The 3rd Act” by Patricia Cavanaugh

Were you wondering why I didn’t publish a newsletter at the first of the year as I normally do? Well, my time was focused on a new baby granddaughter’s arrival and the publishing of my new book with two of my close friends. Both of these events involved a form of creativity and legacy and […]

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“I Have a Dream, Trayvon Martin and the Voting Rights Act” by Bev Scott

“I Have a Dream, Trayvon Martin and the Voting Rights Act” by Bev Scott

Bev Scott wrote this piece in 2013.  I think it is still appropriate as we continue to deal with racism  in this country with the recent events with Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in Staten Island and now Walter Scott in South Carolina.  We as elders have an  have an opportunity to change […]

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“Everything Old is New Again” by Ellie Klevins

“Everything Old is New Again” by Ellie Klevins

Do you ever hear your mom’s voice in your head with words that are so familiar they are now part of you?  I do.  “Everything old is new again” was one of her frequent comments, especially when I was showing her something “new”. When I was younger, I didn’t give these words much thought.   Now […]

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“Horses, George Leonard, ‘The Girl Within’ and Me” by Pam Buda

“Horses, George Leonard, ‘The Girl Within’ and Me” by Pam Buda

We welcome our guest blogger, Pam Buda. Pam Buda is a new friend here in Sonoma County. When I  was introduced to Pam by a mutual friend I felt an immediate connection.  I  know as we age it is important to build new relationships with those younger than ourselves.  You can see why I was drawn […]

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“Harvest Time” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Harvest Time” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I have been reflecting on the season. Fall is a time for bringing in the harvest and also for making plans for the months to come. I live in the wine country of Sonoma County where vineyards are in high season for gathering up the grapes. Friends who know the wine industry tell me that […]

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“Retirement What?” by Carolyn E. Rendu

“Retirement What?” by Carolyn E. Rendu

I am happy to introduce you to Carolyn Rendu.  I met her and her husband on my 70’s Road Trip to Oregon.  We were all staying at the Sylvia Beach Hotel (www.sylviabeachhotel.com) on the Oregon Coast and began talking around the dinner table after playing an exciting game of “Truth and Lie”  Her interests and […]

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“Ripening at 70” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Ripening at 70” by Patricia Cavanaugh

How is it possible that I have turned 70!  It’s been two months now and I still haven’t settled in to my new decade.  If anything, I feel younger than I did when I was fifty!  The adjective that popped into my head on my birthday was “ripe”.  I feel just bursting with life and what […]

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“What Is Your Legacy?” by Bev Scott

“What Is Your Legacy?” by Bev Scott

I found myself in conversation with a friend discussing the second edition of a professional book released last year.  I commented that updating the book had not been a part of my plan for my third act, but it was a professional legacy. That conversation started me thinking more about my legacy and how I […]

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