Running in A Field of Her Own at 92 Years Old with Magdalena McCloskey (Episode #68)

Magdalena McCloskeyDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Magdalena McCloskey, educator, former nun, and player of the senior women’s softball club Colorado Peaches. Magdalena talks about her wonderful life at 92 years old and how she helped rebuild and now plays for the Colorado Peaches softball team, keeps herself in shape through boxing, got a master’s degree, and blended all those experiences of the interior and exterior, spirit and identity, and physical and non-physical toward wisdom, belongingness and age empowerment.

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  • Answering the inner call of rebuilding the senior women’s softball club Colorado Peaches
  • Who are the Colorado Peaches?
  • Running for others
  • Keeping in shape at 92 years old through 
  • Life realizations through boxing and softball
  • How thrilling it is about being old
  • The story of Martha, the softball player who had cancer
  • The value of belonging
  • “What do you wonder about?”
  • Getting a master’s degree
  • Contacting the Colorado Peaches
  • Seeing the world as a tapestry

About Magdalena McCloskey:

Magdalena McCloskey is a former nun who at her senior years found her new calling in rebuilding and playing at the senior women’s softball club Colorado Peaches. The Colorado Peaches has been featured in different talk shows like the Kelly Clarkson show as it inspires people with belongingness and age empowerment through sports.

Magdalena was born in May, 1931 in Ottawa Illinois, to an Irish mother and French father. Her parents separated-divorced  when she was only 8 months and was then raised by her paternal grandmother and large extended family, aunts, uncles and French speaking community.

In the summer of 1941, she went to live with her mother and stepfather, in St. Louis, becoming a small town girl in a big city. She enrolled as a student, in Loretto Academy. After graduation, she entered the Novitiate in Kentucky and made final vows in 1953. Magdalena left the Congregation in 1968. She got married and eventually had two children and 5 grandchildren later.

Aside from creating a loving family, she and her husband designed and implemented an alternative Learning Program in School District 81, Spokane, Washington called Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience (APPLE), in collaboration with educators and administrators.

Magdalena traveled to Russia twice in the 90’s to teach "Essential Peace-Making” gender workshops for Ted Turner in St. Petersburg. She also participated and assisted in the Landmark Program.

Magdalena avoided getting a master's degree all her young life then finally got her MA Regis U when she was 83.

Connect with Magdalena McCloskey and the Colorado Peaches:

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Playing softball, you learn so much about yourself. You know your reactions. You have to be attentive to everything. Not only where is the ball but where are your teammates and relationships to the ball. And also your identity is there, you know, you get upset with yourself. Altogether, all of us, we learn about those things and we learn how to shake things off, not to get down on ourselves, and most of all just to laugh and laugh at ourselves.– Magdalena McCloskey

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.