About Emotions #1 – These Strange Feelings

Last week, when I finished up the series End Of Life Trauma, I told you that I would take a few weeks off before I settled on the next “Wednesday series”. I visited the last post of that series dozens of times during my usual editing process, but it was not until it was officially published a week ago that the obvious follow-up series came … Continue reading About Emotions #1 – These Strange Feelings

Me & Beethoven…

Now, don’t get me wrong here, I am not comparing myself artistically to Beethoven, that would be extremely presumptuous of me ๐Ÿ˜‰. But we do have something in common. That is our deafness, how it happened and how we reacted to it. We both started losing our hearing in our mid-20s and lost it all by our early-40s. Beethoven lost his ability to speak, and … Continue reading Me & Beethoven…

We Need To Figure Out Nation Building…

As plainly speaking as possible, we need to figure out nation building before we get into our next inevitable war. I know our purpose for going into Afghanistan was a noble cause, we wanted to bring a stable government to a very unstable country and region of the world. But, like all the other times, we utterly failed to accomplish that, but spent trillions stubbornly … Continue reading We Need To Figure Out Nation Building…

Longing For Honesty…

I, and I imagine many of you, are tired of the fake-news and dishonesty that invades almost everything now days. We seek out those things, and people, we think we can trust. For me, that seeking out especially include politics, pandemic reporting, and religion. This post is about the last item mentioned. I constantly lament the fact that many American Christian institutions are turning off … Continue reading Longing For Honesty…

It’s Time To Cherish The Good & Throw Away The Bad…

The quote above is kinda good advice for life in general, but right now, I am applying it to memories of my recently departed wife. We were almost opposites in many ways, so there are memories of times we disagreed, sometimes strenuously. But that is not what our 36 years together were about. We had a lot of good times to overshadow the bad. I … Continue reading It’s Time To Cherish The Good & Throw Away The Bad…

RetComLife #10 – Dining ๐Ÿ™…

I can’t leave you with the idea that my RetComLife (retirement community life) is all positive for me. One of the areas that disappoints me is the dining room, including the menus and food preparation. That is what this post is all about. I get a monthly $350 credit to the dining room as part of the rent of my apartment. Whatever I don’t use … Continue reading RetComLife #10 – Dining ๐Ÿ™…

Only Yellow Lights…

Will we ever see an end to this pandemic? It seems like one yellow light after another, with no end in sight. That is the most depressing place to be. That is what this post is all about. “There are no red and green lights here. Thereโ€™s just a yellow that flashes โ€ฆ and flashes โ€ฆ and flashes. And thatโ€™s not a color that people … Continue reading Only Yellow Lights…

End of Life Trauma #9 – The Final Week.

I’m sure most people think of hospice as that short period that ends the suffering of terminal patients. This post will try to explain that this description is simplified at best, and actually somewhat misguided. As my wife continued her final eight days in hospice at our new home at the best senior community in our region, she was without pain because of the regular … Continue reading End of Life Trauma #9 – The Final Week.

Hard Work Is The Enemy Of Creativity

Let’s face some facts. The corporate world expects you to “Put your nose to the grindstone” and not let up until the job is done. That creates an atmosphere of workaholics who then go up the corporate ladder, and that self-propagation results in a less creative environment. The more hard work you indulge in, the less creative you become. What is the answer to this … Continue reading Hard Work Is The Enemy Of Creativity

10 Million Job Openings/8.4 Million Unemployed??

It seems like it is an oxymoron that there are more jobs available than there are workers to take them. But, we must realize that this condition was brought on by some radical changes in our society. This looks like a boom-time situation, but there is in reality a huge mismatch between the opportunities and the available talent. It could also be that workers are … Continue reading 10 Million Job Openings/8.4 Million Unemployed??

RetComLife #9 – Privacy & Trade-offs

I continue to try to find my way through this new life I have chosen for myself. As usual, I want it to happen NOW, but realize that it is more of a journey than a short stop. Some of the things I am struggling with now are about privacy and trade-offs. That’s what this post is about. After twenty-one years of living in a … Continue reading RetComLife #9 – Privacy & Trade-offs

Without Looking At The Shadows.

The idea for the title above came from a recent post by Philip Gulley. He basically says that We are morally at risk when we see only the light of [fill in the blank] and never its shadow. I agree, but I want to also look at it from another viewpoint. We can’t ignore the light because of its shadows. That is what this post … Continue reading Without Looking At The Shadows.

End of Life Trauma Part 8 โ€“ Hospice (continued)

These next two post in the series will probably be the most difficult to write. But they were also the time I came across the most empathic person I have ever known. I finished off the last post on this End-Of-Life Trauma series by telling you that my wife was being kicked out of the Hospice House because she was not dying fast enough. Of … Continue reading End of Life Trauma Part 8 โ€“ Hospice (continued)

Another Approach…

I know President Biden has tried many different approaches to get LMPIs (lazy-minded, proudly-ignorant) people to get a vaccination. He has offered cash incentives and even an instant lottery ticket for only those who take the shot. That doesn’t seem to have worked, so now he is trying mandates. You get vaccinated or you lose your job. I suspect that will work for some, but … Continue reading Another Approach…

Worship Instead of Follow?

I’m going to keep this Sunday’s post short and simple. Richard Rohr, via the words above, has spelled out almost everything that I see as misguided about most of today’s versions of religion. Belonging and Believing something is simple, actually doing is the hard part. If you want to learn a little more about this, see the DVD or book entitled “From Jesus to Christ”. Continue reading Worship Instead of Follow?

RetComLife #8 – It is a Puzzling Life

Yesterday on RetComLife #7 I told you one of the reasons I am staying here is because my new apartment is cozy. For this post, I will expand that thought with a puzzling situation. I’ve told you here before, but I’m sure you have forgotten it, that I am now an avid picture puzzle worker. That is one of the things that my wife kinda … Continue reading RetComLife #8 – It is a Puzzling Life

High Intelligence Means That You Are On The Margins

Having high intelligence almost always means you are living life on the margins. Of course, the perfect example of this was Albert Einstein. People with high intelligence break new ground and are always looking for things to challenge them. Mainstream thinkers are followers, geniuses are always ahead of the herd. Often times, way ahead… But, let’s look at the common traits of genius from another … Continue reading High Intelligence Means That You Are On The Margins

Chaos, Good News…

This is going to be one of those epiphany posts where I learn a little about myself. One of my favorite quotes comes from the sci-fi movie called Tron. Chaos, Good News I read that to mean that sometimes we just get too complacent with our life and need something to shake it up. What better to produce immediate change than chaos. The last four … Continue reading Chaos, Good News…

Utopia… On Earth As It Is In Heaven?

There have been hundreds of utopian communities spring up across America during its history. Some lasted only a few years, some longer, but none of them survived. I am a dreamer and when I read the words “heaven on earth” in the Lord’s Prayer, I think utopia. To me, that is what Jesus’ core message to us was. Love each other and everything else will … Continue reading Utopia… On Earth As It Is In Heaven?

RetComLife # 6 – The Pathways of Life

One of the things I most enjoy about my new retirement community life is the 0.66 mile walking path around the perimeter of the property. It is a peaceful trek that I take twice a day, and sometimes even more. Before the pandemic, I would drive the 40-mile round trip to cruise a shopping mall once a week. Of course, that shut down last Spring, … Continue reading RetComLife # 6 – The Pathways of Life

A Bowl Of Cherries…

This rather dusty picture is one of my most treasured wedding gifts from 35 years ago. It was from my wife’s best friend’s mother. I immediately thought of the phrase “Life is a bowl of cherries” and wondered just how true that might be for this 39-year-old confirmed bachelor who just a couple of hours before vowed “till death due us part”. Every time I … Continue reading A Bowl Of Cherries…

End of Life Trauma Part 7 โ€“ Hospice

We are closing in on the last few posts about “End Of Life Trauma”. I hope this series is at least a little helpful to you in understanding these matters. While I had some exceptional support during this “Hospice” period, it was one of the most stressful things I have ever had to deal with in my life. As I mentioned in my last post … Continue reading End of Life Trauma Part 7 โ€“ Hospice