Category: Aging

How to add years of joy and meaning to your life

For a brief moment I embrace the globe and walk in everyman’s’ shoes

The sun is Saharan hot, warning me to set my beach chair close to Arlene’s lounger to find a slice of the circle of shade cast by the umbrella.  She is listening to a pod cast on her cell phone, her half closed eyes signaling some deep stuff is riding the audio. Sitting shoulder to... Read more »

The baseball season opens today, not as the national pastime, but a perk for hedge fund millionaires

Back in the day when you could play stickball in the street without having your mother cited by Social Services for child neglect, a bleacher seat at Wrigley Field sold for 50-cents.  In 1952, the cost was up to 60-cents, which caused considerable complaint. Today a season ticket in the bleachers will gut-punch you for... Read more »

Pep talk to get out of bed when it hurts like hell

Pep talk to get out of bed when it hurts like hell
Some mornings are worse than others. There are days when I wake up before dawn with a cramp hardening the calf muscle on my left leg into a rigid burl, knotted and gnarled. My grimace is a combination of agony, familiarity and resignation; it is not my first time on the rack watching the ratchet... Read more »
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We know about Marjorie Taylor Greene. But who are the 229,827 voters who elected her!

We know about Marjorie Taylor Greene. But who are the 229,827 voters who elected her!
Ms Greene is the vocal voice of the mind-blowing conspiracy theories that QAnon espouses. She is villainous. Yet many Americans subscribe to her dumpster vitriol, which has more to do with who we are than who she is. What Marjorie Taylor Greene believes in, is concerning. More alarming is that 75% of the Republican voters... Read more »

My granddaughter, a girl in braids and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America

My granddaughter, a girl in braids and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America
Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” was a highlight of the 2021 inauguration. It inspired both sides of the political spectrum with its lyrical vision “to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.” Who would have thought that poetry could be the force that unites a country and... Read more »

Swimming in the ocean when there is no ocean

Swimming in the ocean when there is no ocean
Last year at this time Arlene and I were vacationing in Ixtapa, Mexico having rented a gorgeous condominium overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We were re-charging, self-care to the max. This year we’re house bound, self-isolating, currently overlooking about twelve inches of snow and lathering on Tiger Balm after shoveling a path for the mailman. And... Read more »
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Arthritis? That’s an old man’s problem. S**t, I am an old man!

Arthritis? That’s an old man’s problem.  S**t, I am an old man!
A stumble on the top step and I was on the brink of Luke Skywalker’s fall into the center of Cloud City in “The Empire strikes back.” Considering that recent studies show that falls account for approximately 60 percent of all injury-related hospital visits for people aged 65 and older (and over 50 percent of... Read more »

There are personal decisions we make to preserve our integrity. Such as not going to a Cubs game while the Ricketts family owns the team. (Or cutting my head off before laying it on a My Pillow)

There are personal decisions we make to preserve our integrity.   Such as not going to a Cubs game while the Ricketts family owns the team.  (Or cutting my head off before laying it on a My Pillow)
I’m thinking hard about how to write this. A disclaimer is necessary. Yes, I am a progressive Democrat, one of those “kale eating lefties,” as John Kass would describe me. But honestly, it’s not my political views that motivate this column. It’s a view of America from the view of a man who has seen... Read more »

When two people merge into one, it is a moving lyric in a ballad, but not a formula for happiness

When two people merge into one, it is a moving lyric in a ballad,  but not a formula for happiness
The danger of a loving marriage is losing sight of love for one’s self. True love is understanding how to be independent, together. Perhaps that surprises you. The most often heard mantra for a happy marriage is to put yourself second because as the common advice goes, when you start caring for your spouse more... Read more »
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Summing up, a life of transformation, and a year of change

Summing up, a life of transformation, and a year of change
You’ve heard the saying about aging athletes – he’s lost a step but he more than makes up for it with experience. It’s true in life as well. At about the time the first Social Security check arrives most of us have recognized the transition from the person we used to be to the person... Read more »