The On Being Project

Jane Gross
Jane Gross

is a retired New York Times correspondent, who spent 30 years there covering all manner of subjects from sports to autism, aging and major earthquakes and wild fires in California. She is the author of A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — And Ourselves and creator of the "New Old Age” blog, now defunct, at the Times. Prior to joining the Times, Ms. Gross worked for Long Island Newsday and Sports Illustrated magazine. Post-retirement, she volunteers mentoring New York City high school students and is trying her hand at ceramics.

Cherishing the Confusion and the Mess

by Jane Gross

Returning to the potter’s wheel, Jane Gross shares learnings on embracing uncertainty and lack of control, in ceramics and in life.

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Cherishing the Confusion and the Mess

A World Our Mothers Only Dreamed Of

by Jane Gross

Shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex depict workplaces of the 60s — and a world that seems utterly foreign to modern eyes. Yet, Jane Gross argues, the challenges women face in the workplace have not gone away, merely shifted.

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A World Our Mothers Only Dreamed Of

Shedding the Mantle of Glory, Behind the Batting Cage

by Jane Gross

A former sports writer, Jane Gross revisits a lifetime of rubbing elbows with our greatest athletes, from Joe DiMaggio to Muhammad Ali. Wisdom from the stadium press box on the humble, human face of fame.

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Shedding the Mantle of Glory, Behind the Batting Cage

The Unexpected Silence of Waiting Together

by Jane Gross

Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.

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The Unexpected Silence of Waiting Together

Twitching My Way Through Meditation

by Jane Gross

Sitting meditation isn’t a discipline easily acquired. A contemplation on the challenges of sitting and being still in modern life.

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Twitching My Way Through Meditation

Sweating the Small Stuff

by Jane Gross

After a period of seemingly endless frustration, from a parking ticket to a cancelled credit card, Jane Gross identifies the need in our lives for centered calmness, and the grace and forgiveness of our “better selves.”

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Sweating the Small Stuff

We Let Them Go When the Time Has Come

by Jane Gross

How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye? For pets and people both, it’s not always clear when the time has come. Jane Gross on watching her dog die and reckoning with the decision of when to let go.

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We Let Them Go When the Time Has Come

Sibling Revelry

by Jane Gross

The love that siblings share is complex, and something that perhaps only they can understand. Jane Gross with a note of appreciation, frustration, perplexity, and profound love for her little brother — and the wayward path they’ve walked together.

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Sibling Revelry

Reading Old

by Jane Gross

Once we reach “a certain age,” our time can start to feel simultaneously precious and dreadfully empty. Our columnist finds the joy and frustration of entering into a reading group, discovering new hobbies, and rediscovering practices from the past.

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Reading Old

An Unrecognizable Age: The Most Recalcitrant “Ism” of All

by Jane Gross

In a culture that prizes youth and vigor, our elders often get excluded from the workplace and our media diets. Our columnist highlights Norman Lear’s frustrations with ageism and the difficulty of being recognized — and recognizing oneself — in the third act of life.

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An Unrecognizable Age: The Most Recalcitrant “Ism” of All
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