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Come of age : the case for elderhood in a time of trouble

Author: Stephen Jenkinson
Publisher: Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2018.
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"In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species. Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be kinder to our elders. Rather, with lyrical prose and incisive insight, Stephen Jenkinson explores the great paradox of elderhood in North America:  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jenkinson, Stephen, author.
Come of age
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018014084
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jenkinson
ISBN: 9781623172091 1623172098
OCLC Number: 1004495246
Description: xxvi, 416 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: First Act --
1 An Eye upon the Young: A Fable p. 11 --
Roar and the Storm at Dawn p. 18 --
2 Modern English p. 27 --
Rate of Change p. 36 --
3 Learning Old p. 49 --
L. C. p. 56 --
4 Cabin p. 65 --
Firewood p. 74 --
5 I'm Just Down the Road p. 79 --
6 This Is an Important Safety Announcement p. 91 --
Learning and Knowing p. 91 --
Two Apologies, and a Bicycle p. 102 --
Second Act --
7 Orphan Wisdom Forensic Audit Method p. 117 --
Soothsay It p. 128 --
Playing the Mercy Card p. 131 --
8 River of Abundance and Time p. 137 --
Current p. 137 --
A Line p. 144 --
A Circle p. 146 --
A Spiral p. 149 --
9 Fourth Temptation p. 155 --
Preaching and Prophecy p. 164 --
Wilderness p. 169 --
Tempter p. 173 --
Adversary p. 178 --
Town p. 183 --
Adversity's Right-Hand Man p. 186 --
10 First Ancestor p. 189 --
Covenant p. 194 --
Ache of Anarchy p. 196 --
11 Jung's Dictum p. 207 --
12 Rock and the Hard, Hard Place p. 211 --
Come the Romans p. 213 --
Come the Christians p. 221 --
Come the West p. 229 --
A Universal p. 241 --
B Eternal p. 243 --
C Potential p. 244 --
D Inevitable p. 245 --
13 Truth Put like an Axe p. 251 --
World Tree p. 251 --
Natural Order of Things p. 253 --
Truth p. 255 --
World Tree in Wither p. 260 --
14 At the Foot of the World Tree p. 265 --
Third Act --
15 People Who Are Going p. 285 --
Sudden p. 285 --
People Who Are Gone p. 294 --
16 Swedish Totem Pole p. 299 --
17 Spilled Wine, Broken Cup p. 307 --
Old Desire p. 307 --
Chalice of Old p. 317 --
18 We'll Both Be Old Men p. 323 --
19 Not the Buddha p. 335 --
20 My Mother's Father p. 341 --
21 Making Chips p. 347 --
Young Man p. 347 --
This Curl of Life p. 359 --
22 Never Be a Poet p. 367.
Responsibility: Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW ; foreword by Charles Eisenstein.

Abstract:

"In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species. Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be kinder to our elders. Rather, with lyrical prose and incisive insight, Stephen Jenkinson explores the great paradox of elderhood in North America: how we are awash in the aged and yet somehow lacking in wisdom; how we relegate senior citizens to the corner of the house while simultaneously heralding them as sage elders simply by virtue of their age. Our own unreconciled relationship with what it means to be an elder has yielded a culture nearly bereft of them. Meanwhile, the planet boils, and the younger generation boils with anger over being left an environment and sociopolitical landscape deeply scarred and broken. Taking on the sacred cow of the family, Jenkinson argues that elderhood is a function rather than an identity--it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or the title "parent" or "grandparent." As with his seminal book Die Wise, Jenkinson interweaves rich personal stories with iconoclastic observations that will leave readers radically rethinking their concept of what it takes to be an elder and the risks of doing otherwise. Part critique, part call to action, Come of Age is a love song inviting us--imploring us--to elderhood in this time of trouble. That time is now. We're an hour before dawn, and first light will show the carnage, or the courage, we bequeath to the generations to come."--Publisher's description.

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