Author Archives: Marjorie Calder

women over 50
Leadership Growth

Grey Panthers in Business: Don’t Underestimate Us

Like most women over 50, I know neat stuff. I know that a huge number of those who love the 60s music of the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys or the Beatles are still in their twenties. I know another; That the largest demographic buying flashy, testosterone laden, sports… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • August 17, 2018
millennial generation

Should We Give Handouts to the Millennial Generation?

We’ve probably all heard the arguments put forward by some twenty something “Millennials” that generations before them “had it easy”; that we enjoyed final salary pensions; a free health service (in the UK), plus a housing boom which made older generations richer and at the same time, made getting on… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • June 12, 2018
feeling invisible
Personal Growth

Enjoying My “Cloak of Invisibility”

They say that women are feeling invisible over fifty; no more admiring glances or the Millennial equivalent of wolf whistles. Our skin becomes more translucent and even our hair retreats to the white and grey mist of shadows. THEY’RE KIDDING, RIGHT? I have a friend in her sixties with vivid… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • May 13, 2018
retirement age
Career Transition

Working Till You Drop? Retirement Age is a Moving Target

Working till you drop doesn’t sound too bad to me. Retirement age means different things to different people, it seems. My mother never understood why her daughter wanted to work. At school, she wanted me to stick in and be one of the “clever” ones. She even wanted me to go… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • April 7, 2018
aging alone feature
Family & Friends

Aging Alone: Anybody Out There Want to Adopt Me?

I’m constantly checking that my partner is still breathing—which annoys the hell out of him as you can probably imagine. Firstly as he’s a healthy 71, and secondly because we are both aware that I’m doing it much more for my benefit than his. He was quite happy to suggest… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • March 10, 2018
younger self

A Letter FROM My Younger Self

There’s nothing new in the idea of sending a letter to your younger self, telling them what you know now and wish you’d known then. However, turning that on its head, I wish I could receive a contemporary letter now from the teenager I once was. Specifically, I wish it… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • January 20, 2018
Money & Finance

“We’re All Jock Tamson’s Bairns” – Compassion and Scottish Values 

"We're all Jock Tamson's bairns" is a popular saying in Scotland. The Reverend John Thomson (Jock Tamson) was a much-loved minister of Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh, from 1805 to 1840. He called the members of his congregation, "Ma bairns," (my children) and this resulted in folk saying, "We're all Jock Tamson's… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • December 23, 2017
Family & Friends

Empathy is a Choice: The Secret to Rediscovering Humanity

Two things happened to me yesterday. I attended a fashion show in aid of Breast Cancer Care where all the models had, at some stage, had breast cancer diagnosis. The other was that I watched a middle aged man who was driving a very large truck nearly squash a person… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • October 28, 2017
Finding Balance

When do We Win? Working Toward Contentment

Research strongly suggests that the most people who have reached contentment are those over 55. Some reports say that the over eighties are the most contented of all, which has to be surprising, given known issues of loneliness and health in that particular demographic. Personally, I think it just takes… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • October 7, 2017
empty nester
New Surroundings

So, You’re Officially an Empty Nester – Now What?

As a newly empty nester, my nest may be empty, but I am still finding little fluffy feathers blowing around the house in unexpected places. Some of these take the form of bills that peskily didn’t go with their perpetrator (like car insurance which you forget you linked with your… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • September 3, 2017
leisure sailing
Featured Destinations

The Glamorous World of Yachting and Leisure Sailing

I’m just back from almost three weeks leisure sailing off the coast of Ireland and Scotland. Like many people, I have a boat-daft partner and he’s been sailing for more than fifty years, from the days when he used to take sightseers out to the pirate radio ships off the East coast… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • August 5, 2017
personal effects
Family & Friends

Life After a Death: Sorting Through a Loved One’s Personal Effects

How do you go through your loved one's personal effcts after death? I recently had to clear out my late mother’s apartment and I've learned that sorting through personal effects is definitely not the same as moving house. Lots of people have sympathized that “moving house is a nightmare,” but… Read More
  • Marjorie Calder |
  • July 1, 2017

About Marjorie Calder

Marjorie Calder

Marjorie Calder, MA, MBA, is Director of OceanBlue Consulting Ltd. She spent 25 years working at a senior level in journalism, marketing and PR. In July 2015, she gave up her role as a director of Scotland's largest PR company, The BIG Partnership, to run her own consultancy; OceanBlue Consulting, as well as fulfilling a number of charity and non-executive appointments. Through OceanBlue, she delivers media training, marketing and brand messaging, crisis handling, content creation and copywriting.