Category Archives: mid-centurions

No More Virtual – Bring Back Actual

Seriously, the only thing making me sick is the word virtual. I am truly just so sick of hearing about virtual concerts, virtual conventions, virtual fairs. For cryin’ out loud, even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will be virtual this … Continue reading

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More of the “New Normal” and Why I Prefer the Old Normal

Society has a whole new set of rules. A retired friend recently returned to work – a feat in itself that I find nearly miraculous, since I can’t even get an interview at a used book store – but, that’s … Continue reading

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If It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, and The Mood is Right

One of the first college psychology courses I took had a lesson about how alcohol does not lift your spirits – it only amplifies the mood you’re in. That was actually something I already knew from experience. No, not from … Continue reading

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Maybe You Had to be There…

I was recently privileged to be invited to a Golden Wedding Anniversary of some dear friends. The guy who served as best man in 1969 was at the party, and stood to toast, and say a few words. He began … Continue reading

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Why Do They Say “Party of One” When One is Never a Party?

Perhaps one of the few (maybe only) advantages of living alone is you may double-dip without worry. Go ahead. Scoop that chip in the five-layer dip. Take a bite, and dip the same chip in again. I don’t, however, recommend … Continue reading

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I’m Rubber and You’re Glue… What Name Offends You?

When I was a kid, the standard response to name-calling was, “Sticks and stones may break my bones. But, words can never hurt me.” Apparently, a lot has changed since my idyllic Baby Boomer childhood. These days, it takes very … Continue reading

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Why I Love Collies

After quite a dry spell – not so much writer’s block as, at worst , starter’s block; at best, finisher’s block, I realized I had to write something – anything. So, with nary a nod to nasty politics, I thought … Continue reading

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Barbed Wire Fences and Other Baby Boomer Country Memories

Yesterday, I saw something I had not seen in years – a barbed wire fence. It evoked memories of a brief, yet, impactful time of my childhood. We lived, for a time, with my grandmother who lived in a rock … Continue reading

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In-law Christmas

This next weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Christmas,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real festivities with your actual family). For further clarification, the … Continue reading

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“First Man” – Not a Movie Review, Just a Baby Boomer’s Perspective

I finally got to the theater again to see a first-run movie – First Man, and unabashedly admit to having thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I loved it, and intend to see it again. Unfortunately, if social media is any … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Yesterday and Today – Stories Now Told

I just read the GQ article “The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney.” https://www.gq.com/story/the-untold-stories-of-paul-mccartney Writer Chris Heath’s interviews with Paul revealed many things even this lifelong fan never knew about the former Beatles/Wings/singer/songwriter/icon for a generation. I was pleased and relieved … Continue reading

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Youth Does Have a Shelf Life – Nobody Warned Me

There’s a Rolling Stones‘ song “Time is on My Side.” When I was very young, I believed that. As a matter of fact, I embraced this fallacy until about four years ago. Truth is, time is never on your side. … Continue reading

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New Tennis Shoes – A Whiff of Nostalgia

Ahh… the smell of new tennis shoes. My granddaughter got new tennis shoes today, and while lacing them for her, I got a good whiff of that brand-new sneaker smell. I don’t know whether it’s the fresh canvas or pristine … Continue reading

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I Used to be a Music Maker

Once upon a time, I was a music maker. I was first a poet. At age 11, my main Christmas gift was a guitar. Not unlike millions of other kids mesmerized and inspired by the Beatles, I believed I could … Continue reading

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From “Duck and Cover” How I Learned to Live Life in The Fetal Position

Mid-20th century, when I was in elementary school (the 1960s, to be exact), we did not have school shootings, with students killing one another. Our main fear, in those days, was atomic war, when the Russians would drop the bomb, … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Shocked – It’s Not Just About the Lights

In the old days (read “when I was a child”), most people called the electric bill their “light bill.” Because, lights were pretty much the primary leeches of that magic current flowing into the house. Even the logo for the … Continue reading

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First Day of School: Annual Tradition; Rite of Passage, and Universal Theme

As another school year begins, I reflect back a few decades ago, when I wrote a regular newspaper column in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The 1988 school year saw my youngest child start kindergarten and my niece go away to … Continue reading

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Right From Wrong – There’s No Shelf Life

Yesterday, in Little Rock, a man crashed his car into a monument of the Ten Commandments – apparently, because he disagrees with those precepts. They may be over 3,000 years old. But, I’m pretty sure there is no expiration date. … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy – Best Learned From Movies andMusic 

Yesterday, coworkers in their 20s offered me Reese’s Pieces. In my best E.T. voice, I said, “E.T., phone home.” They just looked at me like they thought I had Tourette Syndrome. They are in their 20s. I don’t really expect … Continue reading

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Summer Memories of a Baby Boomer Childhood 

The sights and sounds of summer when I was a child: Catching lightning bugs; Popping tar bubbles on the street on the way to the neighborhood pool; The starry look your eyelashes get and wrinkly fingers after a day of … Continue reading

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People Need Heroes – Raise the Bar

John Wayne (Marion Mitchell Morrison) was born this date in 1907.John Wayne, “The Duke” – ever the good guy, a hero. Or was he? Despite his numerous military movies, Wayne never actually served in any branch. He did, however, serve … Continue reading

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Please tell me this is just a “Stupid Human Trick” – Not an ending

Here we go again – the end of (yet another) era, as David Letterman, the last of my generation of late night talk show hosts says goodnight for the final time in this role, time slot, capacity.  And I will … Continue reading

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Relationships – All About Finding A Chair

Relationship Chairs – I think I have figured it out. Of course, like its children’s game counterpart, Musical Chairs, the objective is to find a place. Relationship Chairs begins in your late teens and 20s. The music starts, and everyone is “in play.” … Continue reading

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Baby Boomers:  Weren’t We Promised Immortality?  Or was it just implied?

Recently, people I know (or know of) have been diagnosed with very serious illnesses, and there have been some untimely passings. I admit I have never dealt well with loss – any kind of loss – love, time, money, and especially life. … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas…

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was the most magical, wonderful – yet, the longest day of the year. My big brother and I woke up very early. But, hey, we weren’t stupid. Well aware the daylight hours would drag … Continue reading

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