Signs of the times

Signs of the times

I’m recovering from a four-day stay in a local hospital a couple of weeks ago. While there I was in three different rooms. That partly explains why I was so tired and worn out when I came home. But it doesn’t begin to tell health care’s story these days. Before going to the hospital, I’d been gaining weight and developed increasing swelling of my legs, which spread to my abdomen. With almost any exercise, my heart began beating rapidly. I had...

Read More

Life sentence without parole

Life sentence without parole

After a long and full life my 90 year-old good friend, Eleanore, is worn out. While wearing herself down she’s endured at least the usual load of heartbreaks and ecstasies, doing her best for the good of family and others. She surely deserves better than the fate she’s inherited. An only child, her family was neither privileged nor deprived of life’s essentials. Her legally-blind father was a successful businessman. She describes herself as a...

Read More

Eighteen and counting

Eighteen and counting

Our father died twenty years ago. Since then we three brothers and spouses have gotten together nearly every year to celebrate our relationship. Despite the age differences of four and eleven years between my younger brothers and me, there is no mistaking our physical resemblance. Seeing us together in action, we’re like three peas in a pod. The get-togethers are high points of our year. This year we went to Put-in-bay, Ohio, a resort-town with...

Read More

My summer vacation, and beyond

My summer vacation, and beyond

This week middle-schoolers will be writing and showing and telling about their summer vacations. I set up a summer trip as a test of my mettle, old-age resilience and fitness, to continue running around loose. This is my report. Readers may recall that a year ago I suffered a life-threatening, non-cancerous condition, had major surgery with prolonged recovery, sold my condo and moved into a retirement center. Worried and racked with...

Read More

Touring Alaska

Touring Alaska

I couldn’t imagine myself seeing Alaska from a huge cruise ship. Shopping a bit, I found a perfect way to savor our wildest state. Alaskan Dream Cruises, owned by Alaskans, has four ships that carry between 40 and 90 passengers. They ply slightly different routes between Sitka and Ketchikan on 9-11 day tours. I was on the Alaskan Dream, a catamaran with a wrap around first deck lounge that has the same view as the third-deck captain’s bridge....

Read More

Challenging feelings of personal hopelessness

Challenging feelings of personal hopelessness

How to manage our unlimited opportunities for feeling hopeless? Expressions of hopelessness are everywhere. On a rainy, gloomy day the intended throw-away social comment, “Are we ever going to see the sun again” literally describes how some feel about their lives. Their reigning personal philosophy seems to be that life is one problem or setback after another until you die. Literal Charlie Browns, their sky is going to fall and it’s going to...

Read More