I think that turning 70 this year is affecting me a lot, making me more concerned about my physical status and more focused on my writing projects. I feel very alive creatively and otherwise. Of course, I cannot ignore the advance of years. Some people do not understand that the later years can be a very creative and productive time, and a time of greater spiritual development. There are still those old stereotypes out there of the senior as a vaguely amusing half, dim-witted individual with little to offer to the “new world.” Sadly, some seniors advance that stereotype through intellectual laziness and rigidity.