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Temple wisdom

Yes, I know, it's weird that Costco even has its own magazine — the Costco Connection - and weirder that sometimes, the articles are good.

In the June issue, there's an interview with writer Temple Grandin, who has written eloquently about life along the autism spectrum.

She's 65 now and said this about aging:

“I used to be able to able to stand in a forklift truck loading dock at the feed yard and I could jump up on the ramp. Gosh, there is no way I could do that now. But one of the things that getting older does give you is wisdom and a perspective that you didn't have before because you've been to a lot of places and you've seen a lot of things. That's why, in a lot of societies, they look up to their elders. In elephant society, younger elephants look up to the matriarchs. Why? Because they know where to find the water from 50 years ago.”

(SR file photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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