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Lately, I’ve been feeling increasingly out of touch with the culture that surrounds me. I’m not sure why, but the feeling is persistent. Perhaps it’s just age or this ridiculous chest cold I’ve been carrying around for over three weeks that has released a torrent of lethargy flooding not only my flesh and bones, but […]

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I turned 65 on December 28th. Yes, I know, shocking, isn’t it? The good news is that I made it here. The other good news is that I feel about 30 physically, and about 20 mentally as I am in the photo. So you see, I’m still immature in both areas! I received wonderful best […]

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A new life begins in the middle of an old life. Quickly and often beautifully. Without worrying to prepare for it, or needless anticipation. Suddenly, your shifts, your life changes and you are ready. You just didn’t know it. That’s what’s happened to me. That’s where I’ve been. That’s why this post is my first […]

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Sometimes words do fail. It’s the nature of things. In spite of that, we still try to fashion the truth of our emotions in letters and punctuation marks. Yet they remain inadequate. Spacer For example: Spacer I anticipated this blog would be simply a brief recap of Monday night’s reading of my story, The Dinner […]

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Through friends, Annette and I attended a story reading series called Spark Off Rose at Theatre Palisades a couple weeks ago. Each month the Spark producing team chooses seven storytellers to write and read true stories from their lives inspired by the current Spark theme. In their words: Spark has cultivated an intimate, authentic space […]

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Essentially, I’d like a Trader Joe’s Associate to take me by the hand (metaphorically of course…unless it’s Sheryl at the Woodland Hills store, then literally) and with her I want to buy every single item in the Fearless Flyer. Every. Single. One. Sheryl and I could start in produce. Or wines. Or cheeses. Wherever she […]

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Nettie and I moved out of our house this past week, and a contractor crew of painters took the field. We moved in with our neighbors across the street, neighbors we’ve known for nearly forty years. Great friends, generous people, and fellow travelers in the sweep of life that began with sharing the experiences of […]

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Maybe the answer to one of the questions of the title is the answer to the other. But first, here’s what happened. I went to Pier 1 Imports on Thursday afternoon to pick up a replacement for a leather chair we bought a few years ago when we were still transiting back and forth to […]

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Metaphors can surprise you…at least in my head. They come to my mind quickly, often rivetingly. And they linger. That’s what happened last Monday at 8:30 a.m. when I saw my dentist pull out the broken three-tooth bridge from my back molars. Yikes! Maybe it had something to do with the nitrous oxide I was […]

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A couple weeks ago, I was in Los Gatos, California, and I got to shooting off my mouth to my twin second cousins about how great a movie Jaws is. They’re 15 year-old boys, Ian & Josh, the children of my wife’s first cousin Mark and his wife Jane. The kids were patient and let […]

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