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Biden-Trump: Spotlight on Cognitive Health

Remember when a divorce in your past would bar you from presidential aspirations? Well, Ronald Reagan, once married to Jane Wyman before tying the knot with actress Nancy Davis, took divorce off the list of presidential prohibitions. Donald Trump came along and became the first president to have been divorced twice and married thrice. How about the idea that you had to be a Protestant in a country founded on Protestant ideals if you really wanted to be seriously [...]

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By |2024-04-13T03:03:00+00:00April 13, 2024|Brain, Cognitive Health, Elections, History, Human Mind, Presidency, Senility|

Laugh and the Voters Laugh with You…

We all know that partisan politics has not only turned rancid, even dangerous, as Democrats and Republicans grow far, farther and even further apart. We have more respect for our so-called enemies than for each other— and, other than each other, we can’t even agree on who our enemies are. Witty observations have been notably rare in presidential politics for some time, and self-deprecating humor, used so effectively in the past by the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald [...]

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By |2024-01-25T17:29:13+00:00January 25, 2024|Humor, Laughter, Presidential Humor, Wit|

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|

Trials of Following the Greatest Generation

Why the long face? A tough act to follow for Baby Boomers. I’m not so sure I like being a Baby Boomer, but I can’t do much about it. Considering that the age group preceding us is known collectively as the Greatest Generation, it seems to me that, by comparison at least, the Baby Boomer moniker is not flattering. This is a subject I pursued in a previous decade as a newspaper column, and I’m returning to [...]

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By |2023-08-22T20:03:38+00:00August 22, 2023|Baby Boomers, Donald Trump, Gen-Y, Greatest Generation, History, Joe Biden|

Friendships Fade as Living Pulls Us Apart  

Note: This is an updated version of a Memorial Day blog I wrote about five years ago, both celebrating and mourning personages of the past who can only be reached by memories today. It’s funny how people in your life are there, flashing bright, briefly and with intensity, and then they are gone. This is especially true of military service in general and wartime duty in particular. You mourn the loss of guys you were close to— literally a [...]

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By |2023-02-19T01:49:22+00:00February 19, 2023|Aging, Companionship, Friends, Vietnam, War|

Reaching Back in Time for Some Random Observations

I often look through past commentaries to make sure I’m not repeating myself— not just the topics but the wording as well. I’ll write something and it seems too familiar. Am I repeating myself? Lots of people repeat themselves in conversations— telling the same jokes, making the same points— so it’s logical that writers occasionally do the same thing. This time I thought I might purposely repeat myself, with random observations from columns and blogs written over the span [...]

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By |2023-02-02T13:52:14+00:00February 2, 2023|Aging, Opinions, Phrases, Respect, Social Issues, Words|

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|

Rolling through Rock’s Twilight Years

"I don't know about you, but the only rocking I'll be doing is in a chair!" When it comes to my favorite music, I live in the past with classic rock. Classic rock is struggling to remain relevant. In fact, CNN recently proclaimed that this summer “marks the twilight of classic rock.” Bob Dylan is 81. Paul McCartney is 80. Carlos Santana, one of the youngest rock icons at 74, was rendered unconscious by heat stroke at [...]

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By |2022-09-14T23:47:47+00:00September 14, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Classic Rock, Humor, Lyrics, Old Age, Pop Culture|

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|
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