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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Another Passing

Word came to me from my friend’s ex-wife: another buddy gone. I had to call the new wife for the details. What I was looking for was when the memorial service would be. What I got was her story about what happened. “He simply went out to mow the yard and never came back.” Not much of an epitaph. He and I had been friends back in the day, hitch hiki

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What Retirees Should Know about Equity Lines

Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC’s) are usually simply called equity lines. Contrary to what many people think, HELOC’s are mortgages. The property is the collateral for the loan and a mortgage is secured against the property and recorded with the city or town where the property is located. Usually, these are adjustable rate loans. That means the

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Old Time Medicine

It would be more accurate to call it “Old Time No Medicine”, for in the world Boomers grew up in, there was precious little medicine in the medicine cabinet. In the medicine chest at our house, there was a battered box of Band-Aid brand band-aids, a bottle of mercurochrome, and a bottle of Bayer Aspirin. There were other things, like my dad’s Noxze

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Broken Watches

In an almost forgotten wooden box are keepsakes I have saved for no apparent reason. They are an assortment of broken watches that go back to my first watch. It was a high school graduation present from my parents, purchased at the local pharmacy. A Timex, of course.   There are no plans for my treasures. Rarely do I even sort through them. Ab

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The White Album

George Martin’s passing inspired more news coverage than most of us will ever receive. Like most Beatles fans, I always listen up when I hear anything about the Fab Four. In this case, it was on the complexity and uniqueness that Martin brought to the recording of their music. Rather than Goggling to learn more about Martin, I went to my iPod and b

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Colds

My lovely wife and I have just survived three hacking, coughing, sneezing weeks of headaches, fevers, and fatigue. It was one of those times in life that demonstrate how wonderful it is to be in love with the person you live with. Nothing tells more about a relationship than a stuffy nose and productive cough. This is especially so when it is obvio

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Discovering a New Holiday Spirit

Between the ads pressuring us to shop, shop, shop and the Christmas carols demanding joy and yet more joy still, I sometimes want to . . . well, do something decidedly unjolly. Sure, I love the holidays, but I probably loved them more when they started later and weren’t so aggressive. Let’s face it; I also miss a lot of people who aren’t around to

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