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An online journal for women engaging the third third of their lives.

Welcome to The Third Third, an online journal and virtual community for women committed to realizing our most creative, passionate, energetic, and fulfilled selves in the third third of our lives.

Join us — Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Friends — in the thoughtful exploration of what we need to know.

New Perspectives on The Third Third

What do you say to the new widow?
My eighth grade boyfriend was the first of my friends to die.  He was 20, married, and expecting a child and thus his life was almost as surreal to me, a college senior totally cocooned in self-absorption, as his death from a rare and undiagnosed blood disorder was.  At the time I wept over the phone with a dear high school friend and said it didn’t seem...

You Don't Say
Everybody’s writing about aging these days.  (Or at least this weekend in the New York Times!) There’s Annabelle Gurwitch’s new tome, I See you made an effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.  And Gloria Steinem’s observations, from atop an elephant on her 80th birthday, via Gail Collins:  Not mer...

Recent Blog Entries

Retirement in The Third Third

Unlike our mothers before us, we in the third third have choices to make — about where we live, what we do, if we volunteer, our impact on the world, what we want to be called, our financial resources, how long one can remain blond, the importance of our relationships, indeed our very quality of life. Lots to explore and discuss.
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Aging Parents in The Third Third

Our already-complex relationships with our parents can be tested at this time in our lives - and theirs — by mental and physical health issues, financial constraints, your sense of responsibility, their sense of entitlement or fierce independence, and the absence of a roadmap for this part of the journey. Let's talk about what we know, what we're learning, and what we need.
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Current Events in The Third Third

If we had some really good political discussions here, I wouldn't object. But until then, comments and stories about the world that engages us every day — the economy, the environment, public education, the media, feminism, war, peace, and health care — everything else that's happening in our lifetime.
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