Observations on Life

13 posts

Yes, And…

My greatest distress at the moment is feeling that our society’s trajectory is toward the dark side with momentum giving advantage to the lowest, least compassionate, most chaotic and dangerous of attitudes and behaviors. Fear, is only one of the many reactions which trigger anger, and I find myself disabled by them all. What Triggers Anger? Disappointment – Hell yes, […]

All In The Family

I briefly considered entitling this post, “And You Think You’ve Got Trouble?” It was inspired by a report about the legal difficulty and potential danger of attempting to evict “ghost children” from your home. The term “ghost children” refers to adults who “haunt” their parent by being present in the home, but not truly engaging in the family relationship. Thinking […]

Happy Anniversary To Me!

Today is the 11th anniversary of the liver transplant that saved and transformed my life, November 20, 2006.   My donor was a 70 year old Italian grandmother from Staten Island, NY. This year I reached 70 and move on in humble gratitude to her and her family. I know that two of my donor’s grandchildren were 8 and 11 when […]

The Good Old Summer Time Takes on New Meaning

The Memorial Day Folk Music Celebration at Robert Frost’s Connemara Homestead is one of my favorites. Not just because of the outdoor setting, but also because it’s one of the few events I attend that’s guaranteed to attract a multi-generational crowd. The four o’clock screening of “Passion” (biopic about Emily Dickinson)? No chance to see anyone under 40. How about an […]

Remembering Heroes

On Memorial Days past and present, just like on Christmas, many people think more about the real meaning of a holy-day and less about retail sales. I am among them. However, on May 31, I always add a special prayer of thanks for those who weren’t military heroes, but heroes of another kind. Here is a tale of life, near death, and survival […]

Live Fully

What does that mean, “Live Fully”? There’s no right answer. Each of us will define “a full life” from our own unique perspective. Be spontaneous; enjoy every moment? Set a plan and climb the ladder of success? Achieve fame? Travel the world? Have children? Leave a legacy? Learn something new every day? No right answer. When does “living fully” give way to […]