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Two Things We All Share: Aging and Dying

Society, aided and abetted by the federal government, decided at some unspecified time that it wasn’t nice to say somebody was old.  Time marches on even as we do our best to deny we're old. I wrote the preceding sentence to start a newspaper column some fifteen years ago.Times have certainly changed since then, including me aging from 62 to almost 77, but, so far, I'm doing just fine. I’ll confess I spend more time wracking my [...]

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By |2024-07-10T14:44:18+00:00July 10, 2024|Aging, death, Directness, Euphemisms, Humor, obituaries|

Older but Wiser? We Can Only Hope

Are too many on Capitol Hill over the hill? I haven’t been writing blogs as often as I did a year or two ago, mostly because the world, especially the political world, has gone wacky. I can’t even make fun of this wackiness anymore, because these people are serious, and there are a lot of them out there. I should be enthused that, at this point, at least, two dudes much older than I will probably be [...]

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By |2023-09-21T17:44:17+00:00September 21, 2023|Aging, Baby Boomers, death, Democrats, Humor, Old Age, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

Get Over the Anger; Get on with What’s Left in Your Life

So much to be angry about and so little time. Okay, everybody. I just want you to tune in and mellow out, as they said in the commune before it was time-shared into a condo. Take a few deep breaths and count to ten. Now tell me, as calmly as you can: Why are we all so angry? Why all the sputtering and spitting? Have things really reached such a sad state? How is it that we’ve [...]

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By |2023-01-18T15:47:16+00:00January 18, 2023|Aging, Anger, Baby Boomers, death, Diet, Happiness, Hope, Politics, Retirement, Unity|

What’s So Bad about Being Alone?

Don’t be lonely too long or you might not have long to be lonely. Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight…— Roy Orbison Are you lonesome tonight? — Elvis Presley All by myself. Don’t wanna be all by myself.— Eric Carmen (covered by Celine Dion) Synonyms for loneliness and being lonesome include desolation, forlornness, reclusiveness and friendlessness. Just being alone doesn’t make all of us lonely or longing for companionship. Sometimes it can be quite [...]

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By |2023-01-21T14:58:46+00:00December 1, 2022|Aging, Companionship, death, Health, Loneliness, Memory|

Memories from My Seven-Dog Life

Jake, our smiling Corgi and the last chapter of my seven-dog life. When I get to thinking I’m old and approaching senility, I try to remember that in dog years I’m barely ten. In many ways, dogs are like milestones along my life’s journey. A dog’s life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Dogs are over the hill, or under the ground, before they reach 16. When you’re lazy, people accuse you of dogging it.  When [...]

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By |2022-08-02T13:46:29+00:00August 2, 2022|Aging, death, Dogs, Family, Love, Mortality, Old Age|

Odds Improve for Cracking 100-Year Barrier

Is there a difference between old and too old? Looking ahead to becoming a centenarian. Eight years ago, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears age of sixty-six, I wrote about “joining the legions of 90-and-older” one day, which was still almost two dozen years into the future. Well, that one day would have been October 7, 2037, which doesn’t seem so far away now. Therefore, with increasing optimism, I have expanded my goal to breaking the 100-year age [...]

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By |2022-07-01T13:26:33+00:00July 1, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, death, Diet, Moderation, Uncategorized|

Discovering a Fading Gem in a Room at the YMCA

As with human triumph and celebrity, the sands of time eventually run out on us all. I was just a young reporter, still in my twenties, when I met Homer Baker.  He was well into his 82nd year, had been blind for more than half of his life and he was living in a sparsely appointed room in the Williamsport YMCA. His vision began to desert him when he was still in his twenties and was totally [...]

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By |2022-05-24T21:23:05+00:00May 24, 2022|1914, Celebrity, death, Germany, Memory, Track and Field, World War I, YMCA|

At Last, Something We All Have in Common!

Cheer up! We’ve always got death to look forward to. Sometimes we get so caught up in the mean spiritedness of politics and man’s inhumanity to man, which is one male chauvinistic expression feminists don’t seem to mind, that we lose our grasp on humanity and the shared assets and liabilities that make us more similar than different. We cringe through morning updates on the slaughter of innocents in the Ukraine as we brave the tirade of [...]

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By |2022-05-05T14:35:02+00:00May 5, 2022|Bad News, death, Fear, Funeral, Mortality|

Playing Blame Game with Mass Murderers

And the deaths keep piling up as gun rights and gun control positions solidify. The idea that TV networks and newspapers get their jollies from school children and other innocents murdered by a mentally ill or just plain evil shooter is both understandable and unfair. Most take pride in reporting the real story, fairly, factually and respectfully, and mass shootings often lead to dozens of stories in the ensuing months. The respectfully part is the key, and [...]

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By |2022-02-15T02:37:08+00:00February 15, 2022|death, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Gun Violence, News Media|

Remembering the Ralphs in Our Lives

Ralph was not just another face in the crowd but someone who will be long remembered. Here’s a story a fellow shared with me after the funeral of a mutual friend. He swore it was true, but even if it’s not, the message is worth repeating. The names have been changed to protect the ignorant. Ralph had worked in a management capacity for a small company whose founder and chief executive officer not only took him for [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:41+00:00September 1, 2021|death, Friends, Funeral, Memory, Mortality, Reputations|
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