Crones Don’t Whine

A new offering from The Wisdom Years

January 20, 27, February 3, 10

Thursdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m. (Central time) 

for 4 weeks

Online by Zoom 

In earlier times, the word “crone” referred to an older, wise woman who was revered in her community. Often, she was a midwife, healer, or leader. But as women’s roles became diminished in a patriarchal society – and with the help of Disney – crones became characterized as withered, malicious, mean old women. 

No more, says author Jean Shinoda Bolen, who is putting a new face on the old, haggard one.  In Crones Don’t Whine, Bolen introduces today’s crone – an older woman with wisdom, compassion, humor, courage, and vitality. Crones, says Bolen, have learned to trust themselves and know what they know.

A crone has matured into “letting go of what should have been, could have been, might have been,” adds Bolen. The past is the past, and the wise crone accepts what was and capitalizes on what her life is now.

In our four-week exploration of ourselves as crones, we will read Crones Don’t Whine on our own, then gather weekly by Zoom for reflection and small-group discussion. 

The book is available from St. Mark’s Bookstore – – and other book retailers. Or contact Carla Pineda at  

There is no charge for the course.

Make your reservation – of if you have questions – by emailing Marjorie George at