Category Archives: Aging

The Lucky One Goes First

As my mother aged into her 80s (about my age now), her experience with dying couples taught her, “The lucky one goes first.” She turned out to be the lucky one, but by then my father was sinking into dementia, … Continue reading

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Accepting Our Decline

My 14-year-old grandson lives about 5 miles away, so we see him often. We recently celebrated his birthday, as well we should because we know he is better than last year in many ways: stronger with better agility, making better … Continue reading

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The Metal Sponge

My mother often used what she called “the metal sponge” for difficult cleaning in the kitchen, such as removing baked-on residue from pans. As I recall, the sponges were more coarse than a Brillo pad, consisting of small curlicue turnings, … Continue reading

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Shamed

I passed a bookstall today, and a title caught my eye: I Was Shamed on the Internet—Now What? Forget it, Kid,  is my advice. Maybe I’ve been shamed, too, but I don’t know about it. Older people know enough about … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor On Old Men

I am, without shame, a big fan of Garrison Keillor. Even my style of writing is somewhat similar to his. That is no accident. I still read his weekly column (Wednesday), published on the Internet. He is only a little … Continue reading

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Weeds and Bag Worms

This year, at this season, one of my morning chores is to weed the shrubbery, mostly with the wiggle hoe. I know the results are temporary, like a toddler boy all spiffied up with his hair combed and wearing a … Continue reading

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Assisted Suicides

The doctor’s letter to The Wall Street Journal editor cited for reference in the 1/26/2015 posting (Sorry this posting took so long to publish, but it was misfiled for many years, and the points it contains are still valid.) was … Continue reading

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