Fred Lanphear died on September 9, 2010, at the age of 74. "His life was a lesson in wisdom, generosity, and conscious wholeness," as Randy Morris, who dedicated the Fall 2011 issue of Itineraries to him. Fred worked for 20 years with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (an NGO), empowering villagers in remote African and Asian communities to participate in and direct their own development. On his return to the U.S. in 1989, he became president of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He lived his remaining years with his wife, Nancy, at Songaia, a cohousing community in Bothell, WA, which he helped co-found. (See his commemorative web site.

Earth Elders: An Invitation

I continue to discover that many practices that I considered sacrosanct are now of questionable value. It is particularly challenging to be faced with your past errors of judgment, but also freeing to be able to accept what has happened and take action to correct and/or change those practices. As Earth Elders, we can help others do the same...

Spring 2008 Issue

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The Journey to Becoming an Elder

I embarked on a one-year rite of passage when I turned 60... It began with a grand celebration of my 60th birthday with reflections of my 60-year journey from family, friends, and colleagues who were either present or sent letters. It was a time of naming and letting go of the past...

Fall 2007 Issue

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Asking the Question Differently

Whether paid or unpaid, “work” is your productivity that benefits you and/or your family and/or your employer and/or your community. You tend to see your work as “meaningful” when you are applying your skills in a focused effort to produce what you perceive to be beneficial results. What taps your special passion will be most meaningful. For all of us, as David Whyte writes, “work provides an opportunity for discovering and shaping a place where the self meets the world.”

Fall 2006 Issue

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