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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 »

As an old dog, I confirm it’s difficult to learn new tricks. But nobody is scoring; we don’t need a perfect ten.

As an old dog, I confirm it’s difficult to learn new tricks. But nobody is scoring; we don’t need a perfect ten.
I was a whiz at memorizing when I was a boy. Learning came easy thanks to a near-photographic mind. I could literally close my eyes and visualize the pages I had read. In high school I breezed through my role in the senior play, never dropping a cue. Same ability in college, ace-ing exams by... Read more »
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Letting go of outcome

Letting go of outcome
Each evening at the end of a long, busy day I have a good laugh on myself, “Howard,” I say, “I know you don’t want to die before you die, so let me remind you not to work yourself to death.” I’m busy! In addition to writing another book and planning a not-for-profit foundation as... Read more »

The most important election of our lifetime… our children’s lifetime… our grandchildren’s lifetime…

The most important election of our lifetime… our children’s lifetime… our grandchildren’s lifetime…
This is not hyperbole. Our democracy relies on elections, the vote count as certified by trusted protocols selecting the nation’s leaders by majority rule. Ironically, our 2020 Presidential election, the very essence of democracy, may well be the instrument of its destruction. Four more years of Donald Trump will shift the country from tilting toward... Read more »

Seeing the world with one good eye and the other badly distorted

Seeing the world with one good eye and the other badly distorted
Several years ago cataract surgery on both eyes left me with a peculiar view of the world. One eye, the left, was restored to normal vision. But the other, the right, became a casualty of the operation, leaving the right eye with a puckered retina and weirdly distorted vision, the images grotesquely warped, all the... Read more »
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The argument is not about politics or civility, it’s about morality, plain and simple

The argument is not about politics or civility, it’s about morality, plain and simple
Our generation was brought up with The Golden Rule. We didn’t need a metaphysical debate on the fundamental nature of reality and the relationship between mind and matter – it was a simple question of right and wrong, the basic principle of good and bad behavior, “do unto others as you would have others do... Read more »

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 »

America goes to the therapist. (We listen in)

America goes to the therapist. (We listen in)
Therapist: America, you’ve made appointments before, and left after a session or two. Are you ready now to dig in and do the work that is necessary to heal? America: The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis was literally an eight minutes and forty-six seconds movie that all of America saw. There no longer is... Read more »
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My granddaughter and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America

My granddaughter and a boy in a red sweater end violence in America
Four years ago this post spoke to the simmering rage of a country divided. Sadly, in the interim years, progress at instituting change has been limited. Now the George Floyd tragedy has turned the world upside down. Once again, we plea for the power of love to prevail. Dear Lord, we do not want to... Read more »