Did you see the “Old Masters” article in the NY Times, in which people over 80 “at the top of their game” are interviewed about their work, their age, and everything else? There’s some good stuff in there. I want to be able to deal out such pithy life advice when I get there:

Author and illustrator R. O. Blechman:
“It’s important to stay with a project and not give up because it doesn’t seem to be breaking for you. Whatever it is. I’m reminded of what a Russian scientist once said: ‘’Ice forms instantly, but the process of forming the ice is slow and invisible.’ ’’

Artist Ellsworth Kelly:
“Each year I’m very surprised by the color. . . . It’s one thing about getting older, you see more. . . . Everyday I’m continuing to see new things.”