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Seven Deadly Signs of Middle Age

Are they the menacing signs of middle age, or simply malarkey? Seven deadly signs of middle age. Forget middle age, it could be old age, since there is a sliding scale with not many fixed points these days. I mean, if we’re having first children around the age of 40, do we not hit middle…

All You Need is LOVE

Not so sure about the Beatles’ song that rose to prominence from their “Yellow Submarine” album of 1964 since it begins with “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and I, unlike other children of the ‘60s, believe in moral absolutes, but the chorus has its strong point that “All you need is…

Marriage: Time Will Tell

June is almost upon us, that time of year when many marry. I wonder the number of marriages that will last decades… and the number that won’t make it ‘till December. Time will tell. Think about it: time. will. tell. Over the years, issues will arise– from money, to sex, to kids, to communication, to…

Monday Mottoes – #238

And so the introspection of life in the country and life after a birthday continues. I was rather amazed (I don’t know why I was amazed and I would tend to agree with Nora Ephron that there are many things that shock people over and over which are really not that shocking at all if…

Eating for Longevity

What is a healthy diet? What do folks eat around the world— you know, the men and women living into the three digits? Well, it all depends who you ask. In Japan, they’re eating seaweed and green tea, in Sardinia, lots of milk and cheese. In Greece, it’s beans, lentils, greens and honey along with…

Monday Mottoes – #236

By now you’ve heard the news of the partially-nude, positively-disturbed gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House outside of Nashville in the wee morning hours on Sunday. I don’t like to mention the names of those who seek nefarious means of acquiring publicity, so I will refer to him without any name. Never mind…

Procrastination: Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Never Comes

Let’s face it, we’re human (major shock there, I know!): we forget things, we postpone events, we might find that we didn’t plan properly, or we bit off too much to do. It happens. Yet, for the most part, we have plenty of time for the people and the activities we deem important. All it…

Monday Mottoes – #235

Pronouncements of the negative sort seem so simple when it comes to other people: He’s lazy. She’s nuts. You’ll never amount to anything. They’re moochers. Very easy. I can spot immediately what is the problem… with you! Myself, not so much…. There must be a reason why the Bible refers to removing the big log…

The Front-Porch Swing and Multi-Generational Wisdom

I never grew up with a porch swing or anything that approximated it. But the idea is there: it may be the kitchen or dining room table, where family members linger long after a meal, just to talk. It could be a kitchen counter, seated on a stool while parents prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner…

Monday Mottoes – #234

Roadblocks come to everyone in life. The question is, what do we do when these curve balls are tossed our way? It might be a health challenge, a career crash, a relationship upset, a cancelled contract. Some accept this as a type of game, pushing forward and seeing how high they might jump. For them,…