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Not so glory days

   I was listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” the other evening, focusing on the lyric of a high school pitcher who once had been able “to throw that speed ball by you [and] make you look like a fool.” And I  thought back on some of my own near moments of greatness.    It […]

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bucket hat

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Clothes horse

    One of the signs of dementia is when you can’t dress yourself anymore. I’m getting close. After three years of being told “no,no,no,no,no,” when I appear from the bedroom dressed for a night out, I’ve thrown in the towel. (I should keep the towel, since it’s the one thing that’s insisted upon me when […]

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Edvard Munch, The Scream

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Some thoughts on the afterlife

     One of the advantages of reaching “advanced” age without being religious is that you are free to imagine the afterlife any way you wish. And I had this thought the other day: what if your dreams are prequels to what your consciousness will actually experience when your body dies? For me, if true, […]

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On getting old

   We went to dinner  at our favorite sports bar last week. It was 4:00 p.m. There was a meeting of the executive committee of the It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere Club gathered at the bar, but all the dining tables were empty. We sat and ordered, ate, and packed up our leftovers to take back […]

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my nine and five year old grand kids

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Another modest proposal

   Carol was visiting with her five-year-old granddaughter who asked her, as she usually does, “Where’s Reid?”    “He’s home,” Carol replied.    “He stays home a lot,” the little one opined.    Now, I know my way around five-year-olds enough to know the next time I see her, I’ll have to have a credible […]

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pasta making as a hobby

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Past-ability

  I don’t have any hobbies, at least in the sense most people understand them. Hobbies generally require time, tools or equipment and some level of skill. Hobbies are considered a good way to pass time, maintain an active, alert mind and stay healthy. There are people who paint, garden, collect, er, collectibles, restore classic […]

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The prize from Hell

   It wasn’t that Carol had been awarded a grand prize – for her and a guest –  that had me thinking it was a scam; it was more a case of it not being a scam that had me hoping it was. Three days at a wellness spa in either the invigorating desert air […]

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Waitin’ on a Sonny’s day

   Carol’s daughter was in the midst of a search for a specific ottoman that had eventually turned into a quest. Every time she thought she located the piece, it turned out to be a phantom. Given my standard daily posture, I know how important an ottoman can be. Heck, an entire empire was named […]

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Reid the book

   My right eye has been weepy of late. As with most physical developments that don’t cause pain, my remedy is to ignore it, and then live with it. Carol, ever on the alert for my style of preventative medicine, will pick up on any physical anomaly (primarily as it has to do with hair, […]

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Origins

Careful the tale you tell That is the spell, Children will listen…    I still remember the moment, as if it had just happened. I’m 17, and I’d been passing around to classmates some absurdist prose I’d begun experimenting with. The reaction I was getting from them surprised me. Big laughs. Really big. That explosive […]

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