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On the Brink of Everything by Parker J. Palmer

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II. Young and Old

The Dance of the Generations

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Introduction

Since my mid-twenties, I’ve been lucky to work with people younger than I. When I began teaching college, I had only a few years on my students—but for some inexplicable reason, the age gap between us grew wider as time went by. For the past three decades, as a workshop and retreat facilitator, I’ve often worked with people twenty to forty years my junior. Without these relationships across the generations, my life would have been so much poorer, and my aging would have been deprived of a source of vitality.

When young and old connect, it’s like joining the poles of a battery. Together, ...

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