Category Archives: Aging

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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Caring Rightly or Accepting Solitude

Don’t assume, Do not think for a single minute that there is another human on this planet who cares as much about you as you care for them. Be it friend or family, It is not likely they think about … 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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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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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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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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It’s Time to Escape SHAWSHANK – Quit Your Job & Find a New One

Each miserable day blends into the next.  The only changes are negative.  You think it might be time to change jobs.  But, it’s rough out there.  Times are hard, and your paycheck (such as it is), keeps coming.  And then … 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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Life is Like a Banana – Peel and Eat While You Can

Respectfully disagreeing with Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates,” simile, I believe life is more like a banana. From its very appearance, its use is not evident. Depending on the banana’s stage of development, (from firm and green, to dark and … Continue reading

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