Getting older is not for the faint-hearted, but aging also brings wisdom and humor, a finely-tuned perspective on life. In the Crow's Feet podcast, you’ll hear the voices of writers who will inspire you and often make you laugh about this journey through life. Join our rotating cast of podcast hosts who bring fresh views on life..
Meet a piano virtuoso/shrink/caterer and poet who never stopped starting over
Creating a vibrant, satisfying experience of aging sometimes means reinventing ourselves: taking on a new profession, pursuing a long-held dream, or remodeling our home, or ourselves, from the foundation on up. It can be really exciting – but also takes courage, and there isn’t a handy instruction guide for how to get started. So it’s inspiring and helpful to check in with people who have embarked on one or more reinventions and can attest to the risks and rewards.
Join host Jan M. Flynn in conversation with Crow’s Feet writer and podcast team member Jean Feldeisen, who never stopped starting over throughout a productive and creative life. From pursuing a doctorate in philosophy to running a catering business, to a long career as a psychotherapist, and recently transforming herself into a published poet, Jean approaches reinvention like she plays piano — in a spirit of exploration, fascination, and challenge.
She’s not afraid to start over. And when necessary, to go slower.
Jean Feldeisen (jeanfeldeisen.com) is the author of:
Not All Are Weeping, a poetry chapbook available through Main Street Rag
Dear Milly: A Love Story ‘Til the End of Time, the story of Jean’s parents and their love that survived and flourished through the Great Depression, World War II, and all the tumultuous times that followed. Dear Milly: a love story 'til the end of time'
Catching Fireflies with Argy Nestor is a “picture book for adults:” poems and imagery riffing on the seasons in Maine.* Available for $25 plus a $5 fee for shipping & handling Contact Jean at email@example.com or Argy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know if you want your copy autographed.
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Are You Ever Too Old to Be Open to Love?
Join psychologists and seasoned relationship experts Drs. Gloria Horsley and Frank Powers sharing insights from their new book Open to Love: The Secrets of Senior Dating. It’s a guide to stepping out into the bewildering and sometimes intimidating world of online dating. Host Jane Trombley explores with them the joys and trials of forging a committed relationship, including their own, in one’s older years.
Dr. Gloria Horsley, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical nurse specialist. She President and Co-founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, and a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.
Dr. Frank Powers, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychologist in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the last 30 years. He served as Chairman of the Psychiatric Security Review Board for the State of Arizona and is now an award-winning sculptor.
Gloria and Frank split their time between Palo Alto, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Meet the 62-year old Inventor/Playwright/DNA expert fighting for justice
Join host Jan M. Flynn in conversation with Dr. Greg Hampikian, founder of the Idaho Innocence Project and one of the leading forensic DNA experts in the U.S. A present-day Renaissance man, Dr. Hampikian is also a professor at Boise State University, an inventor, a NY Times contributing columnist, a playwright— and a fan of Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age! Listen as Dr. Hampikian lets his lively mind loose on wide-ranging topics — most notably, how his work informs his own aging, and what he finds so exciting about life in his 60s.
Bio & links:
Greg Hampikian, PhD is an American biologist and the founder and director of the Idaho Innocence Project. He is considered one of the foremost forensic DNA experts in the United States.
Dr. Hampikian lectures on DNA science generally as well as DNA in forensic evidence specifically nationwide. He is perhaps best knownfor his work on several exonerations both nationally and internationally, including his work on the Amanda Knox case.
He is currently a professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice at Boise State University.
He’s also a New York Times contributing columnist whose two most popular contributions to date have been "Men, Who Needs Them" and "When May I Shoot a Student?".
Dr. Hampikian has been inducted as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His inventions range from a magnetic shape memory alloy micro-pump to a forensic DNA labeling kit that prevents contamination of samples given to the police
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The Human Face of Dementia – A Filmmaker Shares Music, Art, Love, and Hope
Dementia is one of the greatest fears of people today and a growing problem worldwide. Yet many people avoid talking or thinking about it. Cynthia Stone's new documentary, Keys Bags Names Words hopes "to shift that narrative of fear and hopelessness to one of hope and action." Using a quirky and inspiring lens, Keys Bags Names Words portrays both personal stories and the work of experts studying the disease to create an inspiring tribute to the human spirit. Join host Jean Feldeisen as she talks with producer Cynthia Stone, and Jill Harmon, one of the caregivers featured in the film, about making the documentary and the impact of its message on their own lives.
You can find more information about the film, including how to arrange for a showing in your community, at the film's website keysbagsnameswords.com
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Our holiday card in sound from the many voices of Crow's Feet
The holidays mean more as you look back on a long life. So we asked our readers and listeners what they’re feeling — probably much the same as you, ranging from love to loneliness and stress to nostalgia. Listen as they share their thoughts with you, like an old friend by a cozy fireside.
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A Well-Lived Life: Insights Into the Secrets of Aging Into Health
Aging into health is an idea that centerarian Dr. Gladys McGarey knows well. For more than six decades, "Dr. Gladys" has been a medical pioneer in the interconnectedness of her patients' physical, mental, and emotional health.
She’s board-certified in Holistic and Integrated Medicine and co-founder of both The American Holistic Medical Association and the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine.
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Dr. Gladys recently published her 8th book, A Well-lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor's Six Secrets To Health and Happiness at ANY Age. Join host Jane Trombley in exploring those secrets: the importance of finding one's “juice” and movement, defining boundaries, confronting the tough times we all go through, the power of love, and spending our energy wildly, even as we age.
Now at 103, Dr Gladys continues to lead an active life as a sought-after speaker and hosts a weekly Instagram Live program. Her book is available on Amazon or through her website.
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That’s why I listen, to learn things. Jan did a great job in this interview.
I hope I got it right that I understood Dr. Hampikian to say that if DNA is NOT found, that doesn’t necessarily prove someone’s innocence! Yikes. Attorneys hoping to continue billing for time might tout the “insufficient evidence” to cast doubt on someone’s innocence even though there is no DNA to link them to crime.
Thanks for having Dr. Hampikian share his woke knowledge!
Willing to take on challenging topics!
Very much enjoyed my interview with Jan Flynn for the Crow’s Feet podcast. I appreciate that Crow’s Feet just doesn’t do fluff pieces about aging, and is willing to take on tough topics such as how ageism shows up in the workplace, and what we can do about it. Bravo!
This is one of my very favorite podcasts. As a retired woman, mother, grandmother, and senior- it is so completely relatable.