Welcome to This Certain Age


About Barbara Clarke

Barbara Clarke

Barbara Clarke

For more than thirty years, I’ve written extensively for corporate and non-profit clients, magazines, and newspapers. After more than forty moves in my lifetime I moved to the Pacific Northwest. On the lam? In a witness protection program? No—often work, a couple of marriages, and on some occasions an attack of wanderlust. One crack at staying put yielded a memoir, Getting to Home, about my experience building a house.

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Collaborating (where dreams meet reality) with an architect and contractor, the memoir traced the mechanical and often surprising emotional obstacles to home ownership.

About This Certain Age

I’m a writer of a certain age and looked around to see what blogs were out there in my demographic. I did the usual poking around on the web and didn’t find much that spoke to me as a person, a writer at my age, or to my late-blooming tribe. Maybe I’m being too picky or maybe I was right—it is a pretty barren landscape unless you have a variety of illnesses, embrace anti-aging as your goal and are ready to fork over the dollars to fight it . . . well, you see what I mean. All that wisdom and experience we have accumulated—where is it being shared?

I’ve sat in many classes and at writers’ conferences and seen more “old dogs” than young pups. So, I must not be the only older woman who is still working away at the craft and hoping to successfully reach readers with my writing.

Meanwhile, my country, the not-so-United States, is either being reborn or is in the last throws of empire. The news is often disheartening and so I scroll through the headlines and try to remember that there is good work happening in the world and hold a space for peace and justice.

With these two elements in mind, I decided on this focus for my blog: all things relating to writers of a certain age and the pleasures and issues of the day. I’ll share photos, book notes, and a way for friends—also of this certain age—to post their thoughts and work.
One of my favorite writers, Judith Viorst, has this to say about this certain age, “it is not a disability; it is an intense and varied experience that can call forth new ideas and strengths that weren’t available in our youth. There can be more freedom, more wisdom, more perspective and self-honesty.”

So here’s to this certain age—writing, reading, helping where we can, pursuing our passions, and giving and receiving love. In the end, I believe, everything comes down to that—for ourselves, for others, and for where we are in our lives.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to This Certain Age

    • barbaraclarke

      Hi Cleone,

      Thanks for checking out This Certain Age – I’m adding some new posts over the holidays. Glad to have you and yes, not ready to check out yet! Have a great holiday.

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