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Pros and Cons of Getting to the Point

Reaching back into the past for observations on humanity and humor. A number of years ago during my years as an editor and weekly columnist for a newspaper that has since banned my opinions, I wrote a column with the heading: “Direct Routes Aren’t Always the Most Effective Ways to Travel.” You see, the “number of years” from the date of that commentary is approaching 28, and I was, at the time, past the midpoint of a [...]

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Still Feeling Fortunate After All These Years

Once you get to the top, the only way to go is down. There’s really no need to sprint to the bottom. Baby Boomers in their sixties and seventies were taught by our parents and grandparents to work hard and be loyal. Loyalty is a two-way street, or so we were told, and employers supposedly recognized and respected this asset as exemplified by our hard work and willingness to go the extra mile. Our parents were better [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:29+00:00January 11, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Newspapers, Old Age, Paychecks, Retirement, Writing|

Taking a Giant Step Backward for Optimal Health

Potato alert: Get off the couch to enjoy better health. Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.— Daniel Francois Esprit Auber (1782-18710 I crossed the line on Tuesday of this week. Furthermore, I shamelessly confess that I took a giant step backward at a crucial time in my life. But it’s all good. Sometimes, when it comes to protecting, even regaining, your health against the tide of aging, going back is [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:35+00:00November 3, 2021|Aging, Blood Sugar, Diet, Health, Healthy Weight Loss, Nutrition, Old Age, Overweight|

Blaming the Boomers for America’s Woes

If at first you don’t succeed, just hang around and try not to screw it up. The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concern for future burdens. They’ve spent virtually all our money and assets on themselves and in the process have left a financial disaster for their children. — Bruce Gibney, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Destroyed [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:48+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Discrimination, Gen-Y, Greatest Generation, World War II|

Striving for Spunk and Spryness

They’re the “oldest-old” and they’re soaking up Social Security. About seven years ago, not long after I had passed traditional retirement age of 65, I pondered the possibilities of making it to the age of ninety — an age range that was becoming more common among the U.S. populace than ever. It seemed that by 2050, according to a prognosis from those dedicated to the science of aging, a.k.a. gerontology, there would be at least nine million [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:48+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Health, Old Age, Social Security|

Saying What You Mean without Being Mean

Avoiding the harsh, blunt and offensive in a politically correct world. I was going through a box of literally hundreds of columns I have written for three different newspapers going back to the late seventies. I’ve combined observations from a couple of them for this blog— one quite recent and another written more than 27 years ago. The latter explored the impact political correctness was having on our language back in the early 1990’s and the former [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:51+00:00May 12, 2021|Aging, Baldness, Euphemisms, Humor, Political Correctness, Synonyms|

Chasing the Jabs with a Screaming Bladder

A little needling about chasing the jab. Let me just start by saying that my wife, Mary, and I, being in declining geezerhood, both received our first jab of the COVID Moderna vaccine last Tuesday. I had to drive about 350 miles to accomplish that feat, which is like driving from my house in the George Washington Bridge and back with more than half of it on two-lane roads. I don’t think I was ever more than [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:54+00:00March 10, 2021|Aging, COVID-19, Fear, Medicine, Vaccinations|

When Memories Become Easier to Forget

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,” Wordsworth wrote. Life can become that way if you’re around long enough. Memory is one of the casualties of aging. It’s nothing to be alarmed about — unless it adversely affects your relationships with others, job performance or functions critical for independent living. Sure, sometimes it takes you longer to come up with a name than it used to. Sometimes it takes hours, even days, but you’ll come [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:54+00:00March 3, 2021|Aging, Memory, Mild Cognitive Impairment|

Who Gets the Ventilator? Not the Old Guy

It could come to this. "No ventilator for you! —There is nothing exempt from humor— even death— so forgive some self-deprecating humor in these troubled times.— Old guys used to have it made. We ruled the world. Sure we started some wars along the way and were responsible for the demise of a slew of young men who never got a chance to become old guys like us. Yes, we made our mistakes, but did it really [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:01+00:00March 25, 2020|Aging, Coronavirus, COVID-19, death, Extremes, Medicine, Mortality, Triage, Ventilators|

Confessions on Sleeping; Don’t Nod Off, Please

Sleeping is great. Just don’t sleep your life away! I like sleeping. There, I admitted it. I’m tired of being ashamed of what is actually a noble pursuit and something at which I excel. It’s not that I sleep more than everyone else, but I do it so well and hate to give it up in the morning. One learned 17th Century author, Sir Thomas Browne, compared sleep to a death that we experience daily and, like [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:30+00:00January 29, 2020|Aging, death, Marriage, Sleep|
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