Bolton Anthony, who founded Second Journey in 1999, worked previously as a teacher of English and creative writing to undergraduates, a public librarian, a university administrator, and a social change activist. In 1998, he was privileged to lead a year-long community effort to solemnly commemorate the Wilmington (NC) coup and racial violence of 1898. He is the editor and a principal contributor to Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life (2013), Reimagining Your Neighborhood: Transforming car-centric housing developments into vibrant, verdant, sustainable communities (2015), and the author of the autobiography, This Given Life: One Catholic Life in Context. He lives with his wife, Lisa, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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”...

Winter 2014 Issue

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How to Watch a Movie

Experimenting further (this time without benefit of cannabis), I allowed my former wife to lead me — blindfolded — into a theater, plop me down in a seat, and remove the blindfold only after the movie titles had ended. I then proceeded to have one of the most memorable movie experiences of my life...

Fall 2013 Issue

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Creating Community in Later Life

Later life is less about experience and more about meaning. . . If we are to create new friendships in later life, we must consciously create new shareable experiences. If they are to be deep friendships, they must be around experiences that engage our deepest, emergent self. That’s probably not golf — or, more generally, leisure and consumption. . . [But] it may be those things which have to do with “work, love and learning. . .”

Summer 2012 Issue

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Remembering Christopher

What kindles our compassion and spurs us — often against our own narrow self-interest — to act for the sake of another is always a part of our own unique story. Why this movement of grace happens in some lives and not others is shrouded in mystery. But some lives do shine, some lives do sparkle. More than others...

Summer 2011 Issue

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No Longer at Ease:
Reflections on Hurricane Katrina

In Katrina we have seen another avenging angel. She has torn aside the veil behind which was hid that “other America”. She has delivered “the lost and the forgotten ones” from their ruined city, branded our hearts with indelible images of their exodus, and scattered their numbers through every state in this country where it is hoped they shall be much harder to ignore...

Bolton Anthony, the founder of Second Journey, is a native of New Orleans.

September 2005 Issue

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Motorcycle Granny: A cautionary tale

I’m going to follow you home. That’s what I’m going to do: follow you home and beat your ass.” Then she formed her hand into a gun, pointed it at the woman and “fired.”

Second Journey founder, Bolton Anthony, recounts an adventure on his trip up to the May Visioning Council in Upstate New York.

June 2005 Issue

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Love in Later Life

Had I seen the tag line of her online profile, “Aphrodite in search of Adonis,” I might never have made the initial overture. “I am certainly not Adonis,” I later wrote her, “and I doubt I’m looking for Aphrodite. Demeter is probably more my speed.”

Second Journey founder, Bolton Anthony, reflects on falling in love at 60 and struggling to balance life and work.

April 2005 Issue

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