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Past Values – Something to Sing About

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017   10:02 pm |  Category:   Life  |  1 Comment  
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I was saddened to learn from a disconsolate assembly of sixty-something family and friends in Edinburgh last week, about the recent passing of a former school teacher of mine – 101 years of age no less – one who contentedly endured and defiantly persisted as bright as a button – right up to the critical, …more

Retirement Woes – Addressing the True Heart of the Matter

Thursday, October 27th, 2016   2:02 pm |  Category:   Life  |  Add Comment  
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I have just recently, following a lengthy and hugely testing year, managed to reacquaint myself with the exquisite pages of this wonderful website – and that of the plethora of graphic mixed emotions that have emerged during ensuing months from the despairing minds of respective retirees worldwide.   In truth, now having scanned countless communiques …more

Discovering First Love – The Agony and the Ecstasy

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016   4:11 pm |  Category:   Life  |  Add Comment  
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There exists within me a certain feel-good factor when I read of people’s wonderful memories on this (R&GL) website, recollections that are sublimely punctuated with personal trials and tribulations, joys and delights, to say nothing of the magnificent milestones so reached during full and inspiring lives.   I too have been fortunate to have enjoyed …more

Vietnam – The Forgotten Cemetery

Monday, October 19th, 2015   7:34 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships  |  2 Comments  
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“Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods”. (MICHAEL HERR)   Editor’s Note: The following is a post about one man’s journey for answers about life, death, love and war. Although lengthy we believe it is well worth reading the entire post.   When I was a child growing-up in my native Edinburgh during …more

Never for me the lowered banner – never the last endeavour

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015   1:43 pm |  Category:   Health, Life  |  Add Comment  
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“Never for me the lowered banner – never the last endeavour” – Sir Ernest Shackleton   Despite my near sixty-five years on Mother Earth, I have in recent times, strived to side-step all issues pertaining to one’s encroaching antiquity, largely through maintaining an active lifestyle via the golf course and local gymnasium – and then …more

Far Eastern Journal

Monday, January 12th, 2015   3:37 pm |  Category:   Life, Travel  |  4 Comments  
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“It’s Not the Wound that Teaches – But the Healing.” – Marty Rubin   Funny old thing this game of life, one moment I was ready, prepared and willing to embrace an exciting new phase of one’s sexagenarian existence, ergo; ‘The retirement years’, then my well meaning family practitioner, (let’s refer to him as ‘Doc …more

Retirement – An Opportunity to Balance the Facts of Life

Sunday, September 28th, 2014   8:13 pm |  Category:   Life  |  Add Comment  
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The trouble with spending the majority of one’s working life, as a soldier, is that few of us who have spent our productive years within the military fold can claim any lasting achievement.   After all, architects will have their buildings and copious other constructions to be remembered by, bridge builders and motorway labourers alike, …more

The Good Old Days? – Myth at Best!

Saturday, July 12th, 2014   9:31 pm |  Category:   Life  |  2 Comments  
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I recently sat in an Edinburgh departure lounge, patiently awaiting a call on the airport broadcast system to welcomingly transmit that my flight to London was now boarding.   Due to the inclement Caledonian weather at the time, the Scottish aeronautical infrastructure had succumbed to the horrendous meteorological conditions that prevailed outside – therefore, delays …more

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