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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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“My 3rd Act: Changing Directions” by Ellie Klevins

“My 3rd Act: Changing Directions” by Ellie Klevins

The 3rd Act welcomes Ellie Klevins, writing our guest blog: We looked for a house for 20 years.  Although we owned a fine home in a good neighborhood, it wasn’t the home of my dreams. So many, many Sundays we drove up and down the Peninsula traipsing through open houses.  Many, many, open houses.    Expensive!  […]

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“Are You Winning The Longevity Revolution?” by Kerry Elkind

“Are You Winning The Longevity Revolution?” by Kerry Elkind

According to a respected health economist writing in the online edition of the British Medical Journal, 40% of girls born today are expected to live to 100.  In 1951, that figure was 13%. Although there have been many revolutions over the past century, there have been none like the one we are experiencing today — […]

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“Taking Time to Reflect” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Taking Time to Reflect” by Patricia Cavanaugh

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. -Rainer Maria Rilke These three lines from a Rilke poem took my breath away when I happened to read them in his Book of Hours during a recent retreat (Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book […]

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“Transition to Her Third Act Writing Career: An Interview with Jewelle Gomez” by Bev Scott

“Transition to Her Third Act Writing Career: An Interview with Jewelle Gomez” by Bev Scott

As Jewelle was preparing to retire as Director of Grants & Community Initiatives at Horizons Foundation to devote full time to her writing career,  we interviewed her to learn about her experience in preparation for this transition both practically and emotionally.  We share her perspectives below. The 3rd Act:  What motivated your decision to retire […]

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“Five Days at Sea Ranch and the Impact on My Brain” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Five Days at Sea Ranch and the Impact on My Brain” by Patricia Cavanaugh

Recently I spent five days at Sea Ranch with my writing group.  We have been writing together on a regular basis for twenty years and decided recently to review and compile our work and to do it during at our yearly retreat.  We reviewed our writing, we laughed and talked, drank good wine and wondered […]

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“Beginnings and Endings Coupled with a Paradox or Two” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Beginnings and Endings Coupled with a Paradox or Two” by Patricia Cavanaugh

As spring approaches, I notice my heart feels some excitement about the newness in my life.  New shoots of possibilities in both my personal and professional worlds are peaking up between the cement cracks of what was supposed to be my planned and settled future. I had carefully plotted out the next 10 years.  I […]

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“A Women’s Best Friend” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“A Women’s Best Friend” by Patricia Cavanaugh

My dog, Wyatt, just had his birthday.  Since he has been my main companion for the last 8 years, I was thinking this morning how this little creature has given me such daily joy. Wyatt is a small white fluffy dog, my first lap dog.  I don’t think I will ever be able to return […]

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“Picasso’s 3rd Act” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Picasso’s 3rd Act” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I went to see the Picasso exhibition at the De Young in San Francisco this week.  It was the culmination of a summer and fall exploration of the early 20th century movers and shakers of the world of art.  There was the Stein show at the SFMOMA, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and then Gertrude […]

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“When to Retire? Now or Never” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“When to Retire? Now or Never” by Patricia Cavanaugh

I went to France to visit family during the month of August.  It was a wonderful time full of adventures with my granddaughters, late night chats with my daughter and fun household projects.  I feel very at home in France.  I speak a little French, which helps me feel a part of the little village […]

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