Archive for 2016

A personal look at 2016: Goodbye and don't come back

The year started with the death of David Bowie. It was shocking until we found out he had been fighting Cancer for 18 months. It was the start of the year of death for musicians. Frey, Prince, Russell, Haggard, Cohen among the many.
It’s the final day of 2016. That marks the end of the fourth calendar year of this blog. FOUR YEARS!!! Wow…is it like college where I get a piece of paper and have to leave? I started writing this as a way to tell stories about my life with Parkinson’s Disease. I figured there were... Read more »

Finding Christmas hope and gratitude where you least expect it

Finding Christmas hope and gratitude where you least expect it
Every Thursday night I teach a writing class at a homeless shelter. We don’t do much writing. We do a lot of talking. A LOT OF TALKING! Over the seven weeks of this class, I’ve bonded with my new students. My new writers. My new friends. We’re genuinely happy to see each other. We all... Read more »

Hamilton An American Musical: What am I missing?

Hamilton An American Musical: What am I missing?
Is there anything in your life where everyone is giddy about it and you just go…HUH!? Welcome to my life and “Hamilton”. I try to keep an open mind about a lot of things. I’ll watch tv shows that I know I’m not going to like. I listen to this generation’s music…occasionally…at least for a... Read more »
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Is anything totally selfless?

Is anything totally selfless?
Remember this episode of Friends? Joey and Phoebe have a discussion about how no good deeds are selfless. Joe thinks that you always get something out of doing some good for someone else. Pheebes keeps trying to prove him wrong. I don’t remember how the episode ends but I’m pretty sure I agree with Joey…which... Read more »

The times they are a changing...and not for the better

The times they are a changing...and not for the better
Politicians….pfffft!!! It’s December. In Chicago that means it’s cold and snowy. And this December has¬†been very cold and very snowy. The Illinois state government has been at odds over the budget for two years. No one is willing to compromise. When that happens, the people that tend to get hurt the worst are those who... Read more »

You can go home again

You can go home again
This is one of my former homes. I lived at this shelter from August 2013 through January 2015. Seventeen months. Five hundred-fifteen days…give or take a few. Honestly, it wasn’t too tough to stay¬†there. They didn’t have too many rules. Pretty much just wake up at 6:30 am, be in on time for dinner, attend... Read more »
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John Lennon, Mick Jagger and the circle of life

John Lennon, Mick Jagger and the circle of life
December 8th. It’s always a tough day. You can’t help but think and maybe obsess about John Lennon on this day. It’s the anniversary of his assassination and I tend to do the latter. I usually spend some…okay a lot…okay okay all of it listening to Beatles music. I know, not a lot different than... Read more »

The Rolling Stones are just a good ole blues band at heart

The Rolling Stones are just a good ole blues band at heart
Please allow me to introduce ourselves We’re a band of wealth and taste. Pleased to meet ya Hope you guessed our name. It’s the fall of 1989. The Coliseum. Los Angeles, California. The Steel Wheels Tour. The Rolling Stones. I remember leaving the concert thinking …man, these guys are old. The opening act that night... Read more »

I hate Christmas music

I hate Christmas music
It’s that season again! It’s the time of the year for some really bad music. Yep….it’s Christmas time and here it comes again. You can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere. It’s in your car. It’s in every store. It really is everywhere. Christmas music….BAH HUMBUG!!! I wouldn’t mind so much if there were more good Christmas... Read more »
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Donald Trump is raising my blood pressure...really!

Donald Trump is raising my blood pressure...really!
IT’S STARTING ALREADY! I just received a voice mail from Walgreens about my prescription: “Your order is delayed due to an insurance issue that we’re working to resolve.” Damn! I was expecting this to happen but not until January 20th. Do you think insurance companies are feeling empowered to do this because of the election... Read more »
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    Every five years or so I decide to update this section. I can't believe I've been doing this for close to ten years. The last time I did this I was close to sixty years old. Now I'm just a few months away from the big 7-ZERO. Scary AF!!! I'm pretty sure I won't be doing an update when I hit 80, but you never know. But until then, lets just be grateful.

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