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Welcome to the Conscious Living, Aging, and Dying
Community Conversations  

2nd Thursday of each month      9 - 11 am PDT       Noon - 2 pm EDT

We invite you to join us for our Conscious Living, Aging and Dying (CLAD) community calls on the 2nd Thursday of each month to participate in conversations of interest to you. We will be using this page to introduce the topic for each of our calls, to share any resources or information we think you might want to look at before or after the call and to give you the details of when and how to participate. Miss our last meeting? Watch it in our Archive!

This Month's Conversation will be on

Thursday, September 13th      9 - 11 am PDT       Noon - 2 pm EDT


“When you have faith in a supreme power that you believe is love and kindness and

 justice…you develop a habit of trusting. Whatever comes to you in life, you feel that it’s part

of character development. You learn patience, hopefully, and tolerance. I think that to

look at things hopefully and develop a spirit of gratitude is very important.”

--Hulda Crooks (1896-1997), L.A. Times November 26, 1997 

Hulda started hiking as solace after the death of her husband, in 1950. Over the next 12 years she climbed the beautiful Mt. Gorgonio, in the San Bernardino Mountains, about 20 times before tackling Mt. Whitney in 1962. Within the next six years she started jogging because, “it made climbing so much easier.”

From the age of 66 to 91 Hulda climbed Mt. Whitney 24 times, the tallest peak in the continental United States (14,495 ft.) and 97 other mountains. She was the oldest woman to scale Mt. Whitney and Mt. Fuji She also hiked the John Muir Trail in segments over a period five years.

In 1996 Hulda published her memoirs, Conquering Life’s Mountains, and was featured in a book by Francis Raymond, Super Seniors: Their Stories and Secrets. At 82, she ran the 1,500 meter in the
Senior Olympics setting a world record for the 80 to 85 age group. She had a following that climbed with her and inspired many, many people, young and old alike, along the way. Hulda lived to be 101 years old.

“Good health doesn’t always happen by accident,

sometimes you have to work at it.”

Hulda lived her life to the fullest and the outdoors was her venue for expressing and enjoying her life. At the age of 95 Congress granted her a special honor, received by few people while still living by designating a mountain, just South of Mt. Whiney, Crooks Peak.

In our next conversation we will talk more about Hulda Crooks and how simply doing what we love can make our lives extraordinary and inspirational to others. Join us as we reflect on how we can continue to enhance our lives through the choices we make and “mountains” we still may want to conquer.


Joining Our Conversations

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be unable to help with connection issues.

Link here for instruction and access to Zoom video conferencing.


Watch past CLAD Community Conversations in our Archive!

We would also love to hear your suggestions for conversation topics for 2018! Please let either of us know if there is an interest you may have related to conscious living, aging and/or dying that you would like to explore in a CEN community conversation. You can reach Pam at  and Carol at .