How Long Should It Take To Grieve?

I read an article in the New York Times last week with the title above. I have let it be known here on RJsCorner that I don’t think they really thought out putting Asperger’s Syndrome into the Autism Spectrum. To me, that attached everything bad and nothing good. But, it was easier, at least for the deciders. I think the same thing goes here with … Continue reading How Long Should It Take To Grieve?

60 Years In The Making…

Yesterday, I talked about the John Steinbeck book Travels with Charlie – In Search Of America and how it has affected me for all my travel life. I have always dreamed of making a similar trip and that is about to become reality. The trip itself will start on May 2, but I will spend much of April giving you stories about my preparation for … Continue reading 60 Years In The Making…

Travels With Charlie

By featuring this book as its own post I think I have made it abundantly clear how it has influenced me during my traveling life. I originally read this book in 1962, soon after it was published and have re-read it about a half-dozen times since then. In 1962, I was in the middle of my high school years. That was the time when I was … Continue reading Travels With Charlie

RetComLife #32 – Joining the 21st Century

My retirement community consumes hundreds of pounds of paper daily. Each of the 400 or so residents gets a dozen or so pages a day of notices/menus/activities/etc. related to our community life. I think maybe I hit a sore spot by bringing up this fact. Here we are 22 years into the new century, and they seem to be stuck in the 20th Century. Being … Continue reading RetComLife #32 – Joining the 21st Century

About Traveling…

This post will be about the benefits of traveling. I am now knee-deep in the process of preparing for my first farewell tour, which will be into the South, and Southwest of our great country. When I am starting such a focused project I like to step back and ask “why am I doing this?” That question helps me to keep things in perspective and … Continue reading About Traveling…

Adjusting To Unexpected Changes…

Some people go through life with little or no changes. They live in the house they inherited from their parents. They have never been away from the area they grew up. Change just doesn’t happen to them, UNTIL IT DOES… Adjusting to serious unexpected changes tests the metal of all of us. How we respond to those events is up to each of us. I … Continue reading Adjusting To Unexpected Changes…

My Heroes In Life Say Something About Who I Am

I was barely a teenager when I discovered several of my fundamental lifelong heroes. They were people who spoke to me at a very deep level. Their words moved me. I’m sure my early infatuation with them drove me to be the person I am. I didn’t know it at the time, but they would stick to me throughout my life. They all seemed to … Continue reading My Heroes In Life Say Something About Who I Am

Absence Makes The Mind Grow Fonder…

 The phrase above was first published in 1602 as the first line of an anonymous poem in Francis Davison’s anthology Poetical Rhapsody. I don’t remember the first time I heard that phrase, but I have come to realize that, at least for me, it is very true. My wife died about eight months ago, but I still think a lot about her. I will admit that … Continue reading Absence Makes The Mind Grow Fonder…

Small Towns…. And Churches, Have Changed

When I moved into the small rural town that become my home twenty-one years ago, I was proud to proclaim that I was no longer a big-city guy. When I went back to church after a twenty-year absence I was proud to proclaim that I was part of a congregation once again. But then, everything sort of changed. The last nail in rural/church life coffin … Continue reading Small Towns…. And Churches, Have Changed

Understanding Stupidity #9 – A Personal Wrap Up.

Even though I have decided to take RJsCorner in a different direction, I don’t want to leave the “Understanding Stupidity” series without a personal wrap up. The major point I have learned from this series is that mankind has been plagued with stupidity from its very start. Aristotle had things to say about stupidity in his time, and of course, with the way the world … Continue reading Understanding Stupidity #9 – A Personal Wrap Up.

Vicariously … (800 Words)

Vicariously is not a word I often use here on RJsCorner, but it has been entrenched in my being from a very early age. I began life as a very dysfunctional kid in an ultra-dysfunctional family. I didn’t know that at the time, wisdom showed me that fact much later. I know I am not unique in this situation, everybody has their own story, but … Continue reading Vicariously … (800 Words)

RetComLife #31 – The Second Day Cafe

It has been about two weeks now that my retirement community took away the cafe dining option and brought back the “sit and wait” as the only way to use my $350 monthly meal allocation. February was the only month in the eight months I have been here that I used even close to all of that monthly allotment. Before that, I seldom used more … Continue reading RetComLife #31 – The Second Day Cafe

Hanging On To The Asperger Label

I read a recent article over at The Medium about people, like me, who refuse to give up the Aspie label and be dumped into the ocean wide autism spectrum. Here is a quote from that article. (Click HERE to see the rest) The Asperger’s class is overwhelmingly white people who have been given enough advantage to turn a profit on what they couldn’t stop … Continue reading Hanging On To The Asperger Label

Walking Through The Valley Of Death…

My father was one of those people who just didn’t want to think about death. He would almost leave the room whenever that topic came up. He was two years older than I am now when his end came. He just didn’t like the idea of walking through the valley of death. I, on the other hand am thoroughly attuned to these times being my … Continue reading Walking Through The Valley Of Death…

Using Perspective When Reviewing History

For some reason, history is on my mind, so let’s start off where we finished yesterday. Let’s face it, our founding fathers do not live up to current standards in many of today’s regards. Most were slaveholders who had little or no respect for those who had been kidnapped from their African countries to do their manual labor. In fact, one, and probably many, of … Continue reading Using Perspective When Reviewing History

RetComLife #30 – The Lucy Moment…

I want to tell you a little story about my retirement community home. Due to Omicron, they shut down the “sit and wait” dining room service in February and replaced it with a cafeteria type carry-out service. That proved to be almost ideal for me, as I don’t have to make every meal here an uncomfortable social event. Due to my Aspie traits I don’t … Continue reading RetComLife #30 – The Lucy Moment…

Having Aspie Traits Is Not A Handicap Or A Disorder

I thought I had resolved to thinking of my Aspie traits as just being part of the autism spectrum. With that resolution, I was ready to move forward and start advocating for autism in general. But, I was wrong. I am just too uncomfortable with throwing Aspergers into the autism ocean. I just don’t see the benefits of doing that for us Aspies. When I … Continue reading Having Aspie Traits Is Not A Handicap Or A Disorder

Looking For The Greater Meaning… Perhaps There Is None

I am approaching the end years of my life, and as a result, I am yet again contemplating “why I am here?”. I have always been concerned that maybe all I am doing is sucking air. I know I have done some notable things, but I still get the feeling that there is “something” out there that I am still supposed to do. I think … Continue reading Looking For The Greater Meaning… Perhaps There Is None