Thrift Stores

I was coming out of a thrift store when I heard someone call out, “Aren’t you the guy on TV?” followed by, “Hey, what are you doing shopping in a thrift store?”  Good question.  I answered it there and now I will answer it here.  My mom used to shop at the Goodwill for her clothes.  I was embarrassed by this.  Worst of all, she liked to brag about

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Long Grey Hair on Young, Older Women

Maybe it’s because of a girl I never had the courage to meet in high school.  Her hair was prematurely grey.  She held me spellbound from afar.  It could also be my own lovely wife, Kelly, whose long, blonde hair has turned increasingly grey, marking each passing year with me.  Of course, it could simply be that Boomer women who proudly display the

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Aging in Place: Time for a Change

We’ve been writing this column for 11 years. I say ‘we’ because I write it and my lovely wife, Kelly, translates it into English. It began as a way to advocate for Aging in Place (AIP). The purpose was to talk about challenges in growing older at the place of one’s choice and to share information about available support services. Over time, as the

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Going Vegetarian, Part 2

  After finishing off all the meat in the house and every possible meat dish at favorite restaurants (and some I just happened to go to for the first time), I actually began to eat what others might consider a vegetarian diet. I prefer calling it vegetable-centered, but whatever. I’ve lost the weight initially gained going veg and another 10 l

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Camping, Again

It’s been maybe twenty years since I last camped and I’m not the camper I was. Back then, I just wandered off into the wilderness, with 65 pounds of stuff strapped to my back, and stayed out for a while. My daughter still remembers the day I renounced it forever. “No more sleeping on the ground!” she swears I screamed out. So, everyone was surprise

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Going Vegetarian (Part 1)

After a lot of research, going vegetarian seemed like a good healthy choice for me. Not an easy decision, but with hypertension, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related diseases, it seems lifestyle choices are the best solution — more exercise and, of course, diet. After all, we are what we eat. At the beginning of summer, the decision was to devour

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A Better Gardner than Parent

We should start by understanding that I’m not a bad parent or a great gardener. It is more that over time I’ve improved as a gardener, but am stuck with the kind of parent I was during the years my daughter was growing up and in my care. She is now who she is and probably influences my life more than I do hers. The garden is another matter. It has

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Free Range Kids

It is hard for kids today to imagine what life was like when their grandparents were growing up. The breadth of freedom enjoyed by Boomers would today probably be illegal. Wow, was it ever fun to be a kid way back then! No, we didn’t have smart phones, 100 channels on 72-inch HD TV’s, or electronic games, but that didn’t matter because we weren’t e

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Last Flight

I’m just back from a cross country flight via JFK. It was a learning experience, made no easier by memories of the luxury and excitement of flying some years back. Remember when people got dressed up to fly? It was fancy. Stewardesses catered to you and made you feel special. The competition was in comfort. Today we are packed into planes like catt

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Diagnosis: Diabetes

At my last annual physical, my doctor informed me I had diabetes. No big deal, I thought. I feel great; I’ve got no symptoms. Maybe I have to give up candy bars and do a little less recreational eating, but how bad could it be? Then I went to the nutritionist for diabetes education. It can be really bad. Diabetes is a degenerative disease that can

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