Bolton Anthony

For a decade now Itineraries has been a “regular” publication — an increasingly hefty digital tome which appeared quarterly with a measure of predictability and which over the years has featured articles by over 150 contributors.

This current issue — the lastregular” issue — revisits the 2011 theme of spirituality, focusing on PRACTICES FOR WAKEFULNESS; it includes essays by two new contributors and by three of the four 2011 guest editors.

Itineraries now becomes an “irregular” publication — or in library parlance, an occasional publication — dependent for its continued appearance on the initiative of colleagues and the “gathering to a greatness” of unsolicited essays.

Why?  More...

In this issue...

This issue, which revisits our 2011 yearlong exploration of THE SPIRITUALITY OF LATER LIFE, opens with an invitation from Carol Orsborn to grow “fierce with age.” Then Ellen Ryan and Betsy Crites in separate essays describe writing and activism as ongoing spiritual practices that foster spiritual transformation. Ron Pevny and Randy Morris present two rituals for honoring new commitments and transformations as part of the passage into elderhood. Next, Bolton Anthony explores similar themes as they are mirrored in literature and film. Finally, the concluding chapter of John Sullivan's forthcoming book, Integral Living, is excerpted.

Most of the essays in this final issue of ITINERARIES are collected in the anthology, Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life.

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Ellen B. Ryan
 Guest Editor


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth
  across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

— Rumi

Fierce With Age

I’ve got an invitation for you that you won’t be able to refuse. It’s a multiyear, in-depth course that is designed to strip away your ego, confront you with ultimate questions about meaning and purpose, and give you the opportunity to come to terms with mortality... It's called aging... More...

Plunging Inward for the Giving Words

Gradually, some perspective emerged; and I began to journal about how my situation could be worse, about all the supports I enjoyed, and the potential for learning valuable lessons through these experiences... My enforced solitude and quiet non-reading life became a gift of time for my journal — paying more and more attention to the moment, nature, myself, and other people.... More...



New! from
Second Journey

The essays, poems, and visual art in this volume, of which this poem and details from a photo are examples, are the works of 24 “later-life” travelers and offer intimate witness
to their transformative journeys.  218 pp 6" x 9" Full color

Resumes Jan. 16th...

in Chapel Hill

"Films for the second half of life"

Winter Series

Jan 16
Jan 30
Feb 13

A Serious Man
Zorba the Greek

Spring Series

Feb 27
Mar 13
Mar 27
Still Mine
Young @ Heart

Upcoming Event

with Bolton Anthony

Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill

“The temptation is to try to repeat ourselves: to live the second half of life as we did the first — to rely on that same repertoire of skills that has served us so well, not recognizing that some tectonic shift had occurred in our lives.” Bolton Anthony will read selections from Second Journey: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life,


Releasing the Past

A core tenet of conscious eldering is that the work that prepares us to be at peace as we leave this life is the same work that prepares us to become conscious elders. It involves healing our past and leaving behind our self-identification with our previous life stage. Once done, we can move without encumbrance into the mysterious next chapter that awaits us... More...

Earth Elder Initiation

The call to elderhood is archetypal in nature; it springs from the instinctual, animal body of a human being who is in touch with himself and with a “sacred other.” It can be discerned in dreams, visions, strong emotions of grief and joy, synchronicities, epiphanies, and other manifestations of the unconscious... To be able to perceive this call and respond to it requires that one be conscious of the very possibility of a “sacred other”...  More...

The Dance of Spirit in Later Life

But there is also this paradox: Though our survival dance is about constructing an ego that allows us to “succeed in the world,” if we wish to “graduate” and move on to our sacred dance, we almost always need to fail at the task. That’s because, as Richard Rohr writes, “The way up is the way down”... More...

Peace Through Peaceful Means

I dimly remember that day in late August, 1963, when my parents and I walked across Memorial Bridge to join the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We had just moved to the Northern Virginia suburbs the year before. I was 12 and still homesick for the farm in Colorado where I’d grown up, so more than anything I remember the crowds — I’d never seen so many people together... More...

Two Halves Becoming Whole

So take the plunge. Bring the capacities of all stages to bear in each present moment. Join the upward striving of spring and summer with the letting go and letting be of autumn and winter. Surely then we will come to live more fully, prizing every gift that life offers... More...