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Moving into smaller spaces

Small farmers, backyard gardeners, vineyard and orchard owners are realizing the benefits of mustard to their crops.  (Courtesy of Mighty Mustard)
Small farmers, backyard gardeners, vineyard and orchard owners are realizing the benefits of mustard to their crops. (Courtesy of Mighty Mustard)

The newsroom is in the middle of a major remodel. Almost all of us are changing desks and will be sitting soon in smaller spaces.

It's a bit stressful, because there is stuff everywhere and no room to cram it all. But I think this is all good rehearsal for older age and the casual stroll to the end of life.

Many years ago, in Psychology Today, I believe, I read an essay written by the grown son of a father who had been a big gardener. As the father aged and lost ability, he didn't give up gardening. He simply downsized his passion. He went from a huge garden to a small garden box just outside the door. The author used it as an example of accepting changes and adapting. If we do that well, it means less frustration and depression as change comes along.

From garden to garden box. I'll keep the metaphor in mind this week as change and chaos goes on all around us.

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.






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