Author Archive for Sherry Anderson

Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. is a writer and speaker who has spent the last decade studying conscious development in aging. Her most recent book is Ripening Time: Inside Stories for Aging with Grace (Changemakers Books, 2013). Concurrently, she teaches Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development® in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

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Growing a Heart of Wisdom Part 1: The Necessity of Grieving

An October morning in Dubrovnik. Clouds have been layering over the perfect blue horizon since sunrise— feathers drifting towards Italy in the west, splatters of white floating north to Slovenia, and small cream puffs piling up like tiny French wedding cakes in the south over Bosnia. Sitting here with two pillows plumped behind my back, […]

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Growing a Heart of Wisdom Part 2: Calling the Ancestors

Settling into my window seat on a short flight from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, I end up deep in conversation with a man in horn rims sitting next to me. I’d intended to hide behind the pages of the Herald Tribune but couldn’t resist his open, almost eager face. He’s Greek, he told me, a music […]

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The Zen of Aging

Through most of my thirties, I spent my dreamtimes following cobbled streets that angled into mysterious alleyways and climbing wide stone steps that descended to destinations I never reached. In the mornings, I’d hurriedly make breakfasts and the kids’ lunches and wait for the bus to take me to the subway and then into the […]

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Old Age is Boring Part 1: Another Country, A Different Game

Today is the first day of winter, with a pale sun barely seeping through the damp air. I’m sitting stubbornly on the back deck wrapped in my heaviest sweater, trying to write about what it is like to be … I don’t know how to say this. A woman growing old? A woman aging? Or […]

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Old Age is Boring Part 2: Little Losses and Endings

By the time you get to 60 or so, you’ve begun to push away the small sorrows of the secret dreams you’re not going to get to in this lifetime. Things you’ve probably never mentioned to anybody but have been a lovely possibility, something the future could hold if things work out. To name a […]

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The Geese Are Flying South: Engaging My Fear of Aging

As I wake up this morning, it takes a little while to remember where I am. I sit up in bed, pulling the quilt around me against the damp, and wait. Here it comes: the hills above Half Moon Bay. Old growth redwoods drip through the front window, and in the distance, fog rises off […]

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Hidden Secrets of Growing Old Part 1: Pentimento

Sitting here on a May morning, curled up in my favorite spot on the chintz sofa in front of the picture window in our living room, I’m gazing at a single salmon colored rose just peeking out of its bud cover. It seems to glow with its own light. Slowly my view spreads out, easing […]

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Hidden Secrets of Growing Old Part 2: An Adventure so Exquisite

It’s a cool July morning with the Pacific fog sitting plump as a grey hen on the far hills. I love the way the mist hides us here in the flatlands for awhile, as if we were in a time out of time. When the sun breaks through around noon, I have a phone date […]

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