Author: Warren Philipson

Retirement–Time for Television

Who knew television viewing would change with retirement? I could just write, “We now have high definition TV–HDTV! And a streaming device!” But you’d never know about the radical change, the loss my father-in-law “Muns” suffered or TV service providers’ weather reports. Pre-Retirement TV Before we retired, my wife Vicki and I had a TV, …more



No More Cats Please

Vicki would like to disrupt our placid retirement with another cat. I ask you, is that fair? Because I have always been the early riser and the one who handles cleaning duties, I have been the cat keeper…in sickness and in health, until death do they part. I fed, watered, changed litter, cleaned up after …more



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Exercise and Me

In 1982, a UN consulting project took me to the Tien Shan Mountains of northwestern China. When I returned to Cornell University, my colleague, Prof. Ta Liang, who had come to the U.S. from China after World War II, advised me that, because I’d seen Heavenly Lake, I would live forever. Although I trusted Ta …more



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Baseball Season

Play ball! The season is underway again. Growing up, I was pretty good at baseball in our backyard if I could get by our dog, Lassie. When I was 9 or 10 years old, playing baseball on a borrowed high school diamond, I longed for our backyard. I was always sent to right field to …more



My Year of the Horse

Once upon a time, a young man from a faraway land met and fell in love with a young woman from that same faraway land, who loved him in return. They planned to marry, but when the young man’s grandmother consulted the astrological signs, she declared, “Over my dead body!” (rough translation). Heartbroken, the couple …more



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