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This is the first day of the rest of my retired life and just like Douglas Adams, I discovered, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” My blog is so tardy I gave myself a detention and for good reason, there’s been a run on words and my […]

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In a world of noise, confusion and conflict, it is necessary that there is a place of inner silence and peace, not the peace of mere relaxation but the peace of inner clarity and love. Thomas Merton _______________________________________ At the grocery checkout stand, directly across from me, there is a middle-aged woman, stylish brunette hair, […]

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Do You See What I See “Winter collapsed on us this year,” says Emily Fridlund, leaving us exhausted, spent, and on our knees. Here we are on the brink of the winter solstice, the height of a worldwide pandemic, and praise be to God the end of 2020. Historically this time of year people celebrate […]

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Is change really possible or is that just an oxymoron? The older I get the more I doubt my ability to significantly alter or even modify my inherently stubborn nature. Isn’t that the most cynical thing you’ve ever heard? What’s wrong with me? I know John Lennon died forty years ago, but it’s December, the […]

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I thought I would know, instinctively, innately, an inkling would prickle the back of my neck, send shock waves down the length of my spine, but that didn’t happen. I remained blissfully unaware, until I was regrettably informed, dangling from the hands of a clock by my fingernails. There were insignificant chores to be done, […]

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“Mi rifiuto di vivere una vita senza di me.” I think we’re all feeling like our lives have been turned upside down and put through the wringer, the minutes tic by at an anguishing pace, and at times I feel isolated from my own life. The one I made assumptions about, took for granted, compartmentalized […]

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The smudged living room window is in desperate need of cleaning, but I ignore that and squint through a haze of thick smoke at a seemingly endless expanse of blue. I can not see a hint of my beloved mountain which I know lies just beyond the fog, my hand restlessly reaching for my iPhone, […]

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I said to Larry, “Honey, what would we grab if we had to evacuate?” Larry says, “We’re not evacuating?” “I know but what would we take if we only had minutes to decide?” I get the look, he says, “my wallet.” “What about our wedding album? “How about we just grab the dog?” Many friends […]