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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Turning Points

There are turning points in everyone’s life, as in Frost’s poem “The road not taken”, times when what we did or didn’t do made all the difference. Sometimes, it isn’t even what we did or didn’t do, but the wisdom, kindness, or indifference of others. In any case, it shifts us toward a different destination, even though we might not perceive it at t

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Courtesy

For some time now, I’ve been learning to drive more courteously. That means allowing people to make left-hand turns so the cars behind aren’t stuck waiting, letting people into traffic and out of their parking spots, not racing up on someone’s back bumper, and generally helping other drivers and the flow of traffic, even if it means sharing my righ

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Another Year

This column is being written late. That sort of sums up my success at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Happens every year: I pile up the intentions like someone investing in a stock called “Disappointment”, then I plunge into January and before no time at all, I’m reaping the dividends of failed expectation. Since I’m already behind on this, let’s l

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Not Feeling My Age

Millennials aren’t found of talking about age because they are ‘as young as they feel’. They are the age they are and, at any point, that is the right age to be. Such is the confidence of youth. It is among older folks one hears the talk of how aging feels, or how one feels about aging. So comes the phrase, “I’m only as old as I feel”, to the Boome

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Mistaken Fear

We all make mistakes. Some are as simple as showing up at a friend’s for dinner on the wrong day, forgetting an important birthday, or missing a plane while sitting, watching it board and depart. All kinds of mistakes are made by people at all ages, but as you get older, mistakes seem to carry more significance. “Wow, Dad’s losing it. We were going

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Grieving Lost Possibilities

The first was realizing I’d aged out of joining the military. It was something I’d always kept as an option. It had its attractions. I could simply join the Navy and go see the world, except a day came when it was no longer possible: I was too old. That was a long time ago and had nearly been forgotten, until last week. While watching a British mys

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Naps

The Golden Age of Naps is behind us. The great nappers of the past are gone. There will never be another President who can nap like Calvin Coolidge (apologies to Ronald Regan). There will never be another man so great he saved Western Civilization, yet managed to get his naps. I’m speaking here, of course, of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill was a

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