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This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity

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In this intimate and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. Among the pieces she has included  here are an essay on the gratitude she feels for her weakening bones; observations on finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret the past; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness; appreciation for the inner tomboy; and celebratory advice on how to regard "senior moments" as opportunities to be in the here and now. <object style="height: 344px; width: 425px;"> </object>

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"In her mid-60s, Bay Area Zen practitioner Moon, former editor of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel magazine, writes, 'I wanted to look right into the face of oldness. What is it?' Gentle essays are grouped into three sections: mind/body, relationships, and spirit. Moon uses detail vividly in her determination to make peace with the many failures of brain and body (from forgetting her Social Security number to wondering if she'll ever have sex again), though not all readers may want to follow her into the intricacies of retinal detachment and an elderly mother on a ventilator. Her best writing occurs when memory, emotion, and spirit coalesce as she recovers parts of herself left behind in childhood or comes to terms with solitude. Overall, the book is long on dignity but a bit short on both Zen and humor, focusing on earnest self-disclosure. But Moon's honesty about the inner and outer realities of aging conveys an urgent reminder of inevitable loss; indeed, as she reminds us, 'I am not getting old alone.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Susan Moon is a writer and longtime Zen Buddhist who teaches popular writing workshops, mostly in California. She is the former editor of Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Britton, January 29, 2011 (view all comments by Britton)
I bought this book in part because of the title. It's amazing -- funny, useful, affirming, and full of the kind of wisdom that only comes from wry humour and reflection. Buy it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590307762
Author:
Moon, Susan
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Older people - Religious life
Subject:
Aging - Religious aspects - Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Zen Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.70x6.62x.52 in. .59 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her mid-60s, Bay Area Zen practitioner Moon, former editor of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel magazine, writes, 'I wanted to look right into the face of oldness. What is it?' Gentle essays are grouped into three sections: mind/body, relationships, and spirit. Moon uses detail vividly in her determination to make peace with the many failures of brain and body (from forgetting her Social Security number to wondering if she'll ever have sex again), though not all readers may want to follow her into the intricacies of retinal detachment and an elderly mother on a ventilator. Her best writing occurs when memory, emotion, and spirit coalesce as she recovers parts of herself left behind in childhood or comes to terms with solitude. Overall, the book is long on dignity but a bit short on both Zen and humor, focusing on earnest self-disclosure. But Moon's honesty about the inner and outer realities of aging conveys an urgent reminder of inevitable loss; indeed, as she reminds us, 'I am not getting old alone.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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