Aging Successfully: New Year’s and anniversaries

As we look forward to the rapidly approaching new year, I invite you to take a moment and to mentally look over this last year. In addition, dealing with the on-going pandemic and more deaths we were confronted with droughts, forest fires and riots. I do not wish to dwell on those horrors but instead I choose to focus on how these events shaped me, how it shaped us. The overwhelming-ness of this last year forced us to re-evaluate our lives, to re-evaluate our value systems and to become stronger.

While you are reflecting over this last year, I encourage you to ask yourself in what ways you have changed. How have you become stronger?

Traditionally when we think of a new year we think of having a fresh start and setting new goals. As we (finally) say good-bye to 2021 and look towards to the upcoming year my wish for you is to use what you experienced and learned this last year to make the new year even better.

In addition to celebrating the end of the year and the beginning of another new one, I have the privilege of celebrating another anniversary. It is hard to believe Aging Successfully is three years old already. I still recall the time Sequim Gazette editor Mike Dashiell and I first discussed me writing this column.

Thank you for your faithful readership and encouraging comments. We all appreciate them. I love writing this column and look forward to many more years of learning about the aging process and sharing my discoveries with you.

In keeping with my anniversary tradition I want to share another recipe. Because of family allergies I have needed to learn how to create new recipes and to modify others. This year I will share a favorite which is both easy and versatile.

Send an email to and share with us how you liked the recipe and how you plan to make the upcoming year different. I personally reply to each and every email.

Crystal Linn is a multi-published author and an award-winning poet. When not writing, or teaching workshops, she enjoys reading a good mystery, hiking, and sailing with friends and family. See