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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
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2018: Transitions, Cessations, and Resumptions

The big 75th-year signpost is dead ahead in January, and this old frame and motor has really begun to reveal its wear and tear. The latest, following on the heels of a prostate cancer diagnosis (the “watchful waiting” variety), was the sudden appearance of atrial flutter, a rapid and irregular pulse. One can adjust and […]

“Bad Brain Bats!!!!”

Many thoughts Fly through your Head, from Time you’re Born until you’re Dead. Disease’s I would Like to Stall, the Ones when there’s No Thoughts at All.

It’s scary Stuff to Not know You, or Have Control of What you Do. As I’m inching Up in Years, this Is one of My Biggest Fears.

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Johnny B Goode

Johnny B Goode

Everywhere I went today, people were talking about Chuck Berry. In the church parking lot, at the little Mexican restaurant my mom and I go to breakfast, at my songwriters’ meeting, at the gym and later in the evening at dinner. Everybody had a story, something they had heard about […]

“Gimmie Shelter” – 1969

Haunting Song – Rolling Stones, Repressed Thoughts – Make no Bones. I was Drafted – Did not Run, Hell for Some – Just Begun.

Love this Tune – Don’t know Why, Times I Listen – Want to Cry. Was no Hero – Conscious Try, But I Served – Did not Die.

Genius Intro – […]

“Death Be Not Proud”*

The story that an Iraqi war veteran’s Mom died because of President The Donald Himself’s Muslim Ban reminded us of an old neighborhood story…

There were these two guys in their early twenties Morty and Wayne and both were out of work. As they were both very enterprising young men they were looking high and […]

The Mayor of New York, A Deer in the Headlights

As if they didn’t have enough trouble what with two grand juries looking into Campaign Finance shenanigans, corruption and bribery, the Administration of Mayor Wilhelm, Wilhelm aka Bill De Blasio, we now find out, was getting ready to shoot Bambi.

It seems that a young buck, that’s the deer not the Mayor, had meandered himself […]

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

“Turn right here!”

That’s what my husband said from the backseat to his sister as she was driving us to our hotel a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta. He had chosen to sit in the back and let us ladies ‘chat’ (Sounds exist but it is his way of saying he had to look […]

Converting Life’s Lemons into Lemonade

Adopting a positive outlook on tumultuous world events.

A creeping concern on my part has come to the surface of late—that too many of my blog posts have been focusing overly much on the negative side of everything. Depressingly so. That reservation was underscored recently by the observations of a new acquaintance who started following […]

Updating the Last Stage of Life

Ruminations on the prevalence of carcinoma in the modern world.

 

When I was studying psychology at the University of Kansas a good many years ago, I remember encountering the psychosocial theories of Erik Erikson and his eight stages of human development: infancy, early childhood, preschool, school age, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and maturity. […]

Traditional Funerals and How They Were Conducted

Every life on this earth is fated to die one day. But still the loss of loved ones is shocking and unacceptable for all. Funeral is predestined for most and there are many beliefs associated with it. Across the global there are different rituals related to funeral ceremony. There are also many agencies and companies […]