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Born of Impatience

There are many places to get weight loss tips. Certain Age is not one of them. 

     What you will find is wisdom, perspective, truth-telling, humor, opinion – lots of that – all with the discernment that comes from having lived.

     We have known challenges, triumphs, inconsolable loss and profound reverence. Sometimes we’ve been successful, other times we’ve gone down in flames, but we come back for more. Because we can, because we want to, because we have cast off our useless insecurities – nonsense drilled into our heads so that we would never discover how powerful we are. 

     Newsflash: We know our power and we use it to change the world. 

If that sounds like you, welcome to Certain Age. 


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Meet the Editors

Jean Shields Fleming

Founder & Editor in Chief

Hi! I'm Jean. Glad you're here. 


Before starting Certain Age, I held top editorial positions with two magazines, and ran communications for a large nonprofit organization. 


In my late 50s, depleted by my “power through” life, I moved to Greece to be a digital nomad, pursuing my own projects, including wildlife conservation, writing, and swimming as often as possible.

I am the author of Air Burial, a novel, and you can read some of my nonfiction here. I love street art, wildflowers, chocolate, and goats. Athens is my favorite city by far. 

I may not have been smart enough to be born in Greece, but I'm lucky enough to live here now. Home is a small village called Agios Nikolaos (St. Nick!) on the Peloponnese. Here, my husband I toil on behalf of 5 feral cats - and 1 fox - who add much operatic flair to our daily lives. 


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Sage Cohen

Poetry Editor

Hi, I’m Sage. Poetry is my love language. I believe the life well lived is the life well written.

As a writing coach, instructor, presenter, and editor, I have supported thousands of poets and writers in bringing their best work into the world. 


I am the author of Writing the Life PoeticFierce on the Page, and The Productive Writer all from Writer's Digest Books, as well as Write a Poem a Day: 30 Prompts to Unleash Your Imagination and the poetry collection Like the Heart the World from Queen of Wands Press. 


As founder and fairy godmother of the WE WRITE online community, I guide poets and writers in cultivating an inspired and impactful creative life.  


I am a devotee of taking baths, wandering in woods, and alchemizing grief to grace. Learn more at

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