December 28, 2013

And Then

"I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful." - Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Aside from the longevity of many of the people in my family, it was Annie Leibovitz's photographs of older people that inspired Lines of Beauty in 2010.

It's not every day that I look in the mirror and think that aging is wonderful. Letting go of youth is a process, not unlike the natural process of letting go of many things in our lives.

But I truly see the beauty of aging in those around me, and even in myself many days.

What I like is how real it is. Does that make sense? I like how authentic aging is and how it is simply what is suppose to happen. I like how all around us in nature we see aging. I like the organicness of it. The rawness. And I really don't want to monkey with it. This masterpiece of living.

I was thinking- how neat would it be to have wrapping paper with cool wrinkly old people on it?

This morning I've been enjoying a present my eldest daughter gave me. Devouring it actually. It's a beautiful book/magazine called Kinfolk that is published quarterly in Portland, Oregon. The photography is heavenly and this issue focuses solely on aging; in people, food, and in wonderful old things, like antiques, that we can fill our homes with.

Hope you're enjoying the post-Christmas calm as much as I am.



  1. Your blog is delightful. I'm glad I found it. I didn't find any blogs on aging gracefully when I googled that topic before I started my own blog on aging gracefully. And finally, I came across yours. Your philosophy is right on. I will put a link to your blog on mine. In the meantime, Happy New Year! And now I'm going to check out "Kinfolk." Cheers! :-) Jane

    1. Thank you Jane. I didn't realize when we connected that you have a blog. I just visited it and it looks great Keep up the good work! I signed up for your blog updates so we can stay connected.

      Happy New Year,

    2. Thanks for following my blog, Louise. Much appreciated. Look forward to staying connected and hearing what you have to say. :-) Jane

  2. Louise, I also received that Kinfolk magazine this Christmas from my daughter. Along with the luscious food, photographs and interviews, I love two of the essays: "Turning Into My Mother" and "Around The Block." Both held personal meaning. They highlight how age leaves behind indelible marks...on our children...on our lives. So wonderful to see age valued. I'm savoring the magazine...trying hard to read it slowly. Happy New Year!

  3. Ronnie Happy New Year. Thank you for your comment. Its not a coincidence that both of our daughters gave us copies of Kinfolk. I look forward to reading the articles. I've just subscribed to your endlessly beautiful blog as well as it's the only way I will ever get to it regularly in this crazy world.