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Eclipsed by the Eclipse

Monday, August 28th, 2017   1:36 pm |  Category:   Life  |  Add Comment  
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One of the advantages of being retired is that whenever a noteworthy event comes along during normal working hours, i.e. an inauguration speech, a MLB playoff game, or (ta da) an eclipse, we seniors are generally free to watch it at our leisure.   Such was the case this week at our little fifty-five and …more

My Date with the Roman Colosseum

Thursday, July 13th, 2017   12:05 pm |  Category:   Travel  |  Add Comment  
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Sitting in my seat about halfway down the aisle I could feel the bus slow down and move over to the curb. I pulled my eyes away from the book I was reading and glanced out of the tinted window to my right. Just a few feet from my face, on the other side of …more

Observations of a Retired Person

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017   2:17 pm |  Category:   Life  |  1 Comment  
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Just got through driving nearly a thousand miles. It was a long journey over remote desert and isolated countryside. It’s a trip we take every spring and fall. Being a snowbird requires it.   On the road there is a lot of time to think. Long stretches of bleak landscape and miles of open road …more

Spring Training Makes Me Young Again

Saturday, March 4th, 2017   3:52 pm |  Category:   Hobbies/Sports, Life  |  1 Comment  
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When I was a little boy my hero was Mickey Mantle.   In those days, CBS owned the New York Yankees and the only game on TV was the Saturday Game of the Week featuring the Yankees and whatever hapless team they might be playing at the time.   Whenever I could, I would spend …more

All I Got for Christmas Was a Colonoscopy

Sunday, January 29th, 2017   3:39 pm |  Category:   Health, Humor, Life  |  Add Comment  
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Christmas has come and gone. The presents have long been stored away in a closet or taken back to the store and returned. The last of the Christmas cookies and candy have disappeared and the decorations are safe in their boxes for another year.   While it is already well into January as I write …more

The Case of the Missing iPhone

Friday, November 18th, 2016   2:44 pm |  Category:   Humor, Life  |  1 Comment  
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There was a time when I owned nothing that started with the letter “I”.   My first actual iPhone sighting happened innocently enough at a sporting goods store some years ago. While I stopped to look at some over-sized fish in the aquarium which was located in the center of the store, a movement to …more

Learning About Life from Bob

Monday, October 17th, 2016   10:44 am |  Category:   Life  |  Add Comment  
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I first met him at the monthly potluck.   He was pleasant and affable, willing to engage in social conversation at the drop of a hat. My first impression of him was one of warmth and friendliness. I could tell in just talking to him for a few minutes that this was someone with whom …more

Have You Ever Kissed the Blarney Stone?

Friday, August 26th, 2016   2:43 pm |  Category:   Humor, Life, Travel  |  1 Comment  
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My legs were aching as I trudged up the slippery stone steps.   The enclosed spiral staircase, dank and claustrophobic, ascended one-hundred and twenty steps up to the top of the ancient castle. It was proving to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated.   Occasionally I would thankfully step aside and lean …more

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