Dictionary.com Names “Middlescence” the Word of the Day

Dictionary.com Names “Middlescence” the Word of the Day

March 9, 2017

Imagine my surprise when an acquaintance sent me an email, excited about the fact that “middlescence” is Dictionary.com’s word of the day. What really thrilled me is that people are recognizing the word middlescence and the work we are doing to spread the word about the importance of this new life stage in lives of … Read More

Is America Having A Midlife Crisis?

Is America Having A Midlife Crisis?

February 14, 2017

I was recently interviewed on Maryanne Live!, a radio show that asks experts, for “insights and common-sense truths” about life. Only this time, it was Maryanne who delivered the most intriguing insight. She asked me:  “Barbara, is America going through a midlife crisis?” I hadn’t thought about it like that, and when I did, I … Read More

A Look at a Book – How to Live a Good Life

A Look at a Book – How to Live a Good Life

February 7, 2017

Based on the title, you might guess that Jonathan Fields’ How to Live A Good Life is just more of the same—another self-help book recycling the same old wisdom you’ve seen over and over. In reality, it’s anything but. That’s because author Jonathan Fields is keenly aware of who he is, and what sort of … Read More

These 3 Books About Midlife Have Arrived Just in Time for the Holidays

These 3 Books About Midlife Have Arrived Just in Time for the Holidays

December 13, 2016

(Originally published on Sixty & Me) Increased longevity has created a new life stage in the middle of our lives – not at the end – and I call it Middlescence. Think of it as a second adolescence, but with wisdom, resources and the beauty of not caring so much about what the world thinks! … Read More

You Are Needed Now More Than Ever: Introducing The Middlescence Manifesto

You Are Needed Now More Than Ever: Introducing The Middlescence Manifesto

November 22, 2016

The past few weeks have been divisive and stressful for all of us. Danny Grossman, CEO of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, summed it up well: “The sense of mutual alienation and lack of understanding across our society have never been so profound…There are clearly many challenges ahead and many gulfs to bridge.” We … Read More

A Look at a Book-The Road to Character by David Brooks

A Look at a Book-The Road to Character by David Brooks

October 25, 2016

A Look at a Book is a new series I’m hosting to help keep you informed about the latest books having to do with adult development and middlescence. Why is this important? The books coming onto the market are a reflection of our struggle with the very idea of aging in America. A Look at … Read More