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This past May, my granddaughter, Kala, and her fiancé, Trevor, returned to Florida from Asia where they’d taught English for four years. Happy to be back in the United States, they visited family for a couple of weeks and then embarked on their new adventure: a move to Portland, Oregon.

When Kala was born, Helen smilingly said that after raising the four boys, I finally had my ...

To My Health

I went to the Health Fair at work a couple weeks ago, where all the medical plan insurance companies get together and fight over me. They are so friendly when I am healthy, I just don’t have the heart to tell them that even though I seem like a mess on the exterior, the interior is probably worse. But we both seem to enjoy this game nevertheless. They offer me free pens and keychains to get ...

2019 or 1984?

It seems the more we find the more we give away.  Computerizing everything makes life easier, for sure, but it also makes us more vulnerable.  We give up anonymity for comfort and individuality for acceptance.  “Smart” new technological items worm their way into our lives and have the ability to monitor not only our electricity, our heat, our front doors, but also us.

Are You Ready for the Age of Anti-Aging?

If you think about it, we really don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the process of aging.

What is there to think about? Apart from maintaining common-sense diets and regular exercise, not to mention a nip here and a tuck there, there’s not all that much we can do about aging. We wait for it to happen, and on occasion stop to marvel at how well our younger selves are ...

A Theorem of Clock/Scale Collusion

My scale and my alarm clock are in cahoots.

It started when both our old scale and clock suddenly died. They’d had good, long battery-driven lives, but finally gave up the ghost and went to that great appliance resting place in the sky. They had been analog, and we thought maybe the time had come to catch up with the times and get a digital alarm clock and scale. We took this decision ...