Category Archives: Growing up

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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Father’s Day – Even For the Fatherless

So, here comes Father’s Day – a Hallmark holiday I always dreaded as a child, because I didn’t have a father. No, I wasn’t a test tube baby or anything. My parents divorced just shy of my fourth birthday. Mom, … Continue reading

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Country Music – More Than A High, Lonesome Sound

Country music was not really a part of my life until my mother met my stepfather when I was six years old. Mom was of the Big Band generation, and always kept up with popular music. She bought records – … 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 Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … 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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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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Do The Wise Really Need Words?

My mom often used the phrase, “word to the wise” before explaining something to me. When I was old enough to officially think like a smart aleck, I wondered about the wisdom in that idiom, questioning the need for words … Continue reading

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Life – Just Another “Long and Winding Road”

Introspection is not for the faint of heart. I am currently staying in a place that is not my home – at least, not yet, if ever. Walking with my collie a few days ago, I was just following the … 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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Happiness is…

“Happiness Is” In the 1960s, Ray Conniff released a song with that title. It had a typical catchy Conniff melody, with lyrics mainly rhyming the various things indicating happiness was “different things to different people.” Happiness Is Simplistic, but so … 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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“Put On a Happy Face…”

A current television ad for an antidepressant (Rexulti) features people holding a hand drawn smiling mask in front of their faces to cover their true feelings. The obvious implication is the medication these people are on is not completely effective. … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction of Door Slamming

Throughout my life, I have been a door-slammer. I have found it to be an excellent release for pent-up tension. You can feel it and hear it. Like a pitcher on the mound, you put your whole arm into it, … Continue reading

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Dickens and Do-Overs

I can’t help wondering if perhaps Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol” was not just looking back over his life. Was there just that moment when he wished that all he had lived through was but a dress rehearsal … Continue reading

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I Am Writer, Read Me Roar! 

No “Boss” Springsteen here. Not “born to run,” I was born to write. Seriously, my grandmother’s message in my early childhood was “Children are to be seen, and not heard.” So, I spoke seldom and softly, but wrote really LOUD. … 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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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk – Sob Uncontrollably Over Missed Opportunities 

The old saying, “There’s no use crying over spilt (or spilled) milk” always amused me. Because, I can’t stand milk. And whether it was spilt or spilled, I would rejoice. It meant that much less milk for me to try … Continue reading

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