The Art of Ageing: Inspiration for a Positive and Abundant Life

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'No young man believes he shall ever die,' observed William Hazlitt. Yet ageing remains a natural part of life and it is precisely the impermanence of life that renders it so precious. Knowing that it is brief requires us to appreciate each moment of beauty and waste no opportunity for learning and love. The Art of Ageing has been written to help us achieve these ends. However this aim has become much more difficult on account of our culture's marginalisation of the elderly and its glorification of the years of youth. A consequence of this bias is that ageing has become the major fear of a generation despite the calculation that by 2040 there will be more people over sixty-five years of age than children under five. The Art of Ageing gives advice on how to make the most of ageing, how we can celebrate its positive gifts and includes the stories of a variety of people who have enjoyed creative and productive lives well into their eighties and nineties.

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A culture that overvalues youth and undervalues elderhood urgently needs re-balancing, and today s elders are responding to that challenge. The Art of Ageing, John Lane s delightfully honest little book about the realities and rewards of old age, is a valuable addition to the ageing/sage-ing genre. With his usual simplicity, grace and wisdom, John shares his own experiences and insights, offers useful advice and invites eleven other old men and women to tell their stories too. This is a book which, whilst denying neither the frustrations and limitations of our physicality nor the terrible bittersweetness of our mortality, reveals the creativity, the passion, the adventure and the profound joy that can come when our elder years are fully lived and savoured. --Marian Van Eyk McCain, editor of GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness and author of Elderwoman and The Lilypad List: 7 steps to the simple life

This is a delightful book: a source of practical and spiritual wisdom distilled from a life well lived. John Lane at eighty is, as the psalmist puts it still full of sap, still green . --Dr Sheila Cassidy, doctor, spiritual thinker and author of Audacity to Believe

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John Lane, aged eighty, is a painter, writer and educationalist. He was Chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, founding direct of the Beaford Arts centre and instrumental in the creation of Schumacher College. His previous books include The Living Tree: art and the sacred, In Praise of Devon, Timeless Beauty, The Spirit of Silence and A Celebration of Devon's Churches. He lives in North Devon with his wife, Truda.

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