Season 2 Episode 38: Frances on the Art of Aging

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.  

Thank you for listening in. 

A few weeks ago, my mother,  Frances, and I were discussing the aging process, something that we all have in common.  I think of the quote by Andy Rooney: “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”

There are many self-help books and articles that promise ways in which we can age gracefully and provide tips on how to stay sharp and look amazing.  When Frances suggested that, for her, it was books that added joy to the aging process,   I asked whether she would share her thoughts on a short podcast.  Since we were on our mobile phones, rather than in-person, we did not know whether the audio would have enough clarity.  Thanks to our techie, we have a short discussion about books, life and embracing who we are at any age.

So put the kettle on and add to this discussion. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.

Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.

Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

Season 2 E42: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. “We still, alas, cannot forestall it This dreadful ailment’s heavy toll; The spleen is what the English call it, We call it simply, Russian soul.." Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver.  We have come to the end, the grand finale, of the Eugene Onegin Challenge. We are at the unforgettable chapter eight, where everything become clear.  Or does it? So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. When we first started this journey, Elizabeth wrote in her blog: “With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!” Elisabeth Van Der Meer We may have completed the challenge, but the pathway continues into the far horizon.  There are more adventures ahead on A Russian Affair with Elizabeth Van Der Meer.   Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
  1. Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale
  2. The Art of Romance with Shehanne Moore
  3. Patricia Sands on Telling Your Story
  4. Joan Hudson on The Artist’s Journey
  5. Frances on the Art of Aging

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  1. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I love Frances’ reading choices 🙂 One of the joys of retirement is all the time we have for reading and enriching our knowledge. It truly is a privilege to have so many options and opportunities, and I’m always so happy to know other families enjoy sharing and discussing what books mean to them. I look forward to more on this topic…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you joined our conversation, Mary Jo. A few years ago when I was contemplating an ending of a career and the beginning of something new and unknown, I read Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.” The premise was that we have more time than previous generations. What would we do with the extra 15-20 years? As well, family structures had changed. Her main premise was: meaning would come with our willingness to learn, to accept diversity, to actively participate. In other words – to show up. I enjoyed her discussion. This is the thought that resonated with me, at the time, knowing that with aging, it would become ever more relevant.

      “… as we age we have not only to readdress earlier developmental crises but also somehow to find the way to three affirmations that may seem to conflict. … We have to affirm our own life. We have to affirm our own death. And we have to affirm love, both given and received.”

      Hugs – thank you again for adding depth and breath to this conversation.

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  2. I enjoyed your conversation with your mother on reading. As she aged, my mother became an avid reader, and always wanted me to read what she had just read so that she could discuss the book with me. I couldn’t keep up with her! I remember there was one book in particular (although I don’t remember which one it was) that she wanted the English teacher analysis, which struck me kind of funny, but I obliged her. I agree with Frances that reading is indeed a privilege, and one that I have never taken for granted. In fact, when I was very little, I thought reading was such a privilege and so wondrous that only grownups were allowed to do it.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I can imagine the animated discussions between you and your mother, Liz. What great memories you have to sustain you on your journey forward. I laughed out loud when I read that you thought that reading was only for adults. You reminded me of my childhood experience. I was 5 years old when I met someone my age who could understand the markings on paper. How was this possible, I wondered? And that was the moment that reading entered my life. Reading was an essential part of our family experience. When we moved, the books were the priority over anything else. Mary Jo Malo recommended Lynn Austin’s books for Frances to read, which she has enjoyed over the past few months of isolation. When you are with a book, you are in good company.

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