Without Nightfall Upon the Spirit
"To preside over the disintegration of one's own body, looking on as sight and hearing, strength, speed, and short-term memory deteriorate, calls for a heroism that is no less impressive for being quiet and patient. Anyone who watches aging closely and with a sympathetic eye can sometimes be lost in admiration for the aging and their gallantry. Where does this gallantry come from? How are we going to find it in ourselves as we need it?" asks the author in her introduction. This essay on aging will help us recognize the source of dignity and ways to nurture the integrity of aging.