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Dear Shift Membership,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the October 2013 edition of the Shift Online newsletter, as indeed Shift is making a shift.

I am your new editor.  I was attracted to this position as its mission resonated with me and I felt that I could make a valuable contribution.  This edition of the Shift is the first edition to don the new moniker “Sage.” I chose this name for its apt metaphoric value.

Merriam dictionary defines sage to be wise through reflection or experience. defines sage to be a profoundly wise person; someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience;

Both definitions speak well to our membership and the collective experience that we have attained over the years.

In this month’s issue we are reminded, contrary to conventional wisdom, that being at, nearing, or surpassing the half century mark in terms of one’s age, does not equate to sudden incompetence. It turns out, as illustrated in this month’s feature article, “Don’t Miss the Brilliance: Appreciating Autumn,” being of an advanced age and having the ability to solve problems through talent and skill, are not mutually exclusive.  We also focus on volunteerism and the power of informational interviewing.

It is my hope that as your new editor that my contributions will increase and diversify the membership.  To that end, I invite you to e-mail me at with your stories, announcements and side bar submissions.

I hope you will be both inspired and empowered.

Valerie Rose Redmond, Sage Editor