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Damn near a 100 and everything works (kinda)

Damn near a 100 and everything works (kinda)
Big birthday this week. Sheesh, eighty-eight. What’s it like when gravity and your butt are at war and a patch over your right eye is a pending fashion statement? Have you ever owned an old car? Take care of it and it keeps on going, even as it gradually loses its luster and its get-up-and-go.... Read more »

Listening to the “knowing sense” that resides within you

Listening to the “knowing sense” that resides within you
Our intuition is considerably more than the hunch to bet on the red – or black – at the roulette wheel. It goes beyond clairvoyance. I think of it as a tuning fork that vibrates at a moment when our lifetime reservoir of experiences, some positive, some not so great, is gently touched with the... Read more »

How to become an elder

How to become an elder
Do you have to take a test? Be ordained by a licenced guru? What is it that bestows the designation “sage” on a person? Maybe you just wake up one morning and realize, “I am wise. I have experienced life sufficiently to know what it is to… intuitively know.” It’s not as if you get... Read more »
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The connection between the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violence that is endemic throughout America

The connection between the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violence that is endemic throughout America
As people get older, safety and security become major issues. Most likely the fear is irrational, but Trump and his sycophants have seized on the emotional trigger and cloaked him as the Law and Order candidate. Don’t be taken in by that insidious lie! A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least... Read more »

The GPS to a tranquil and happy old age recommends “The Middle Way”

The GPS to a tranquil and happy old age recommends “The Middle Way”
I’m coping with a significant impending change: we’re moving from the heart of the city to a nearby suburb. The adjustment will be dramatic. From a two-block walk to Millennium Park and popping into the Art Institute to mowing the backyard lawn and watching my granddaughter when her parents have a night out. Half of... Read more »

Our expectations need to be reasonable, and expecting perfection is not reasonable

Our expectations need to be reasonable,  and expecting perfection is not reasonable
It’s the human condition to strive for mastery and vie for control. King of the hill is the goal and nowadays there is no philosophical contemplation of the ends justifying the means. It’s all go-for-it and winner takes no prisoners. Yet clearly the race to the top produces stress, not peace. The unending competition puts... Read more »
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Now, more than ever, the wisdom of the elders is needed

Now, more than ever, the wisdom of the elders is needed
When I awoke Monday morning to the scenes of widespread disregard for the basic underpinning of a lawful society, brazen looters gleefully smashing store windows and flaunting their lawlessness, a host of angry feelings came rushing to the fore. I thought of the loss of good will that had been generated by the Black Lives... Read more »

Do not dismiss the power of symbols

Do not dismiss the power of symbols
People have always saved scraps of their experience to help remind them of a magical time in their lives. We save a shell from our vacation at the beach where we fell in love. Perhaps a ticket stub from the championship game when the Cubs won the world series. It doesn’t make ‘intellectual’ sense. It’s... Read more »

“I don’t have to rehearse being myself” (Walter Mercado)

“I don’t have to rehearse being myself” (Walter Mercado)
Describing Walter Mercado is like writing a limerick. He was a wildly flamboyant clairvoyant, Homosexual, metrosexual, straight or bi. “I am who I am,” he said with a sigh. Beloved by the Latino community, Mucho, mucho amor was his immunity. The Netflix documentary about astrologist Walter Mercado, titled Mucho Mucho Amor, is worth viewing for... Read more »
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From the Highway to the Path

From the Highway to the Path
The direction of my biography, well into middle age, was a chronology of a life on the move, ever moving, perhaps careening is a better word, from one event, relationship, and/or geographical location to another. Thankfully, a man can change. Today, I am settled. I am happy. I am married 32 years come August 2020.... Read more »