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October 2013: On AgingIn this issue’s focus on aging, we explore our human responses, as Friends, to the march of time, its toll on human bodies and communities, and its lessons for us. Caroline Mather Brown’s story (“The Last Few Miles”) speaks particularly to my condition, an eloquent and honest narrative of care. In “Circles of Crones”, author Bette Rainbow Hoover writes of reclaiming a slur and celebrating the wisdom and power of elder women. And in “The Friend Is Not Heard”, Louis Cox lifts up the problems faced by people with hearing loss and suggests ways that we can make our communities of worship less challenging for these Friends.

Among Friends October 2013: The Human and the Divine Spirit: Entwined

Introduction to our issue on aging.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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Forum October 2013

Responses to “We Think He Might be a Boy,” our first color issue, “Richard Nixon’s First Cover-Up,” “Quaker Respond to […]

Forum letters should be sent with the writer’s name and address to [email protected]​friendsjournal.​org. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Because of space constraints we cannot print every letter.


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The Last Few Miles

A daughter cares for an aging mother.

Writer Caroline Mather Brown, a birthright Episcopalian, attends Montclair (N.J.) Meeting.


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The Friend Is Not Heard

Addressing the needs of those with hearing loss.

Louis Cox, a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting, has a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Denver.


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Jim Corbett: Philosopher, Spiritual Warrior, and Quaker Prophet

A profile of the Quaker philosopher and activist.

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Circles of Crones

Wise Women Walking Together [dropbox]I[/dropbox]t was June of 2012 and I was about to celebrate my sixty-fifth birthday. It seemed like […]

Bette Rainbow Hoover is a grandmother, bodyworker, peacemaker, and circle facilitator. Her house in the woods keeps her close to nature and offers a space for crones and others to gather. She is a member and former clerk of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting.


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Graveyard of Brigflatts Meeting near Sedbergh in Cumbria, U.K. Photo by Martin Kelley.

Quaker Cemeteries Going Green

Green burials reflect our testimonies of simplicity and integrity.

Anita Paul is a member of Schenectady (N.Y.) Meeting and a coördinator of New York Yearly Meeting’s Aging Resources Consultation and Help program, which offers workshops, individual consultations, and training for seniors, disabled adults, monthly meeting members, and families.


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Retirement in a Quaker-Inspired Community

Living later years in a joyful and supportive environment.

Marie Schutz is a member of Redwood Forest Meeting in Santa Rosa, Calif., and has resided at Friends House in Santa Rosa for the past 17 years. She has served Friends at local and regional levels for over 50 years; she is a retired university librarian.


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A Weekend Workcamp

Remembering a transformative youth service experience.

George Kurz is a retired ophthalmologist who practiced in New Jersey and was a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He also taught in Africa, China, Ecuador, and the Philippines. He and his wife Elisabeth live at Pennswood Village, a Quaker retirement community in Pennsylvania.


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Just A Number

When it comes to age, we’re all in sweet denial

Art Heifetz lives in Glen Allen, Va.


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