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  • In "Index Cards," Annie Correal writes, "After Nani died, I found the quotations she'd written over the last year of her life, scrawled across more than a hundred index cards. I remembered her telling me she stuck them on the door of her room in the rest home for the other tenants...."

    What Nani was doing was Wonderful Work. And yet, I'm guessing (projecting) that she had much, much more to offer to many more.

    As someone moving into my elder years, I become more and more aware of how easily marginalized those of us 'of a certain age' can become. I marvel at how easily and globally...we (myself included) allow countless years of learning, experience, exploring...that add up to be dismissed by slower movement, grayer hair, less 'beautiful' bodies. What a collective loss!

    It may have been different in other times and in other cultures, but at least in my lifetime, in the West we have allowed only a Supreme Court Justices, a few presidents and professors perhaps, and maybe Clint get better with age.

    I'm privileged to be among the generation which emerged the human potential movement. I connect with many of the innovators in the 'cultural creative' community. I don't see us 'retiring.' It just doesn't seem to be in our vocabulary. Or DNA.

    Last week my friend Bill turned 82. In that same week his photo was on the front page of a CA regional newspaper. Not because he's 82. Rather, because of his passionate and ceaseless work related to regional sustainable systems.

    What I witness today is that we of the older generations this moment...combining our experience with technology...wisdom with extended reach.... Quietly and humbly. After all, most of us are newly arrived.

    Thus, even though we may be digital immigrants, by joining the younger generations of digital natives we experience new joy in being part of the emergent and in the potential of sharing wisdom with the world in this new form of index cards.

    [Photo by Barbara, Genesis Farm, New Jersey, Fall 2010]
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