"Perhaps the best we can do in our fifty-something years is sound the wake-up call to our family members and deepen our relationships with them. Fifty-something can be a time when your family floats away from you with no imminent return in sight, or it can be a time of making a concerted effort at pulling your loved ones together and redefining what family really is."

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(Jim Smoke, Facing 50 ... A View from the Mountaintop. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994, p.179.)