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Book Review: Composing a Further Life by Mary Catherine Bateson

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Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom by Mary Catherine Bateson is an excellent book about options for people in their second adulthood. The second adultrhood is the period after a lifetime career, raising children and paying the bills associated with family life. Ideally, this period should provide each of us with the opportunity for self-actualization which is the highest form of learning.

The author challenges us to understand our deepest priorities as human beings so that we can begin working on them before it is too late. Another important aspect of older age requires that we engage life and live it to the fullest.

In the later years, people begin to concern themselves with things they will pass on to posterity so that each of our lives will have had meaning in our world. The author explains that older people vote more and become engaged with issues which transcend themselves. Many concern themselves with post-retirement living and scaling down expansive living quarters in favor of smaller houses and simpler living.

The author explains that older people are in search of capturing a wholeness to living which may have eluded them earlier in life due to the hurried pace of modern living and the many demands placed on heads of households today.

The book discusses our reach to embrace the spiritual side of life in older
age. This effort transcends the physical world to try to make sense of
our finite existence and what awaits us in an afterlife which draws nearer
with every breath we take.

Composing a Further Life  is an important book which rounds out our knowledge and experiential domain by redirecting all of us to the most important things in life. Very often, these are the things which make life worth living for today.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.