I awoke in the middle of the night with incredible abdominal pain. Probably the worst I had ever experienced. Certainly worthy of an immediate trip to the Emergency Room at my local hospital. Memories of that night still are as vivid as when everything unfolded. No beds available in the ER; I was on a […]Read More When Angels Intervene
So there I was today, standing at the nurse’s station, discussing some of my mother’s medications with one of her nurses. We reviewed what she was taking, and then proceeded to confirm her need to use a walker or a wheelchair for certain activities. While her nurse was flipping through the chart, I was studying her. […]Read More Oops, Did I Say That?
People frequently make comments about my ability to sleep anywhere, anytime. Lying down, sitting up, in a car, leaning against a tree; I can doze off with no effort, whatsoever. I have been thinking about this lately, and finally am going to come clean. It is not a blessing, folks, it is a curse. Well, […]Read More Yes, I Am A Sleepless, Sleepy, Sleeper
As a child who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, I knew all about summer sizzle. We lived with triple digit heat day after day, and never dreamed there was cooler weather in other places. Well, there was the coast, but that was special, and just for two weeks vacation each […]Read More Scourge Of The 50’s; Unseen Monster At The Door
I learned today I have a bone to pick with Thomas Jefferson. Or maybe a leafy green thing to pick with him. “Tom! What were you thinking?” Peacefully reading the news this morning, I came across a story reporting how you were the culprit, the person who introduced those dread broccoli seeds to our United […]Read More Thomas Jefferson And My War With Broccoli
There are certain seasons that evoke emotions I seldom experience any other time of the year. Autumn, in particular, sends me into personal reverie, not unpleasant nor melancholy; just occasionally a bit more solemn, sometimes stern, and definitely reflective. Seriously, all one has to do is look around to get the picture and understand the […]Read More While There Is Time
We can go through life trying different things, being different versions of ourselves, working at various jobs in diverse places, or we can stay one course for the duration, just wrinkling and sagging a bit more year to year. I have been, or at times, wanted to be or do all of the above. What […]Read More A Place Called Home
There are many issues with which we Boomers have to deal, and none is unique to a particular generation, ours or anyone else’s. This legion of things I never considered twenty or thirty years ago pretty much sneaked up on me, an army marching toward me in stocking feet. And, as I pondered new physical, […]Read More Aging Epiphany