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Reflections

September 2016
Johnson

Me and the Terrorist

I felt very badly about the whole affair until I consider all that had happened. After all, I had rescued a maiden in distress, saved a plane full of innocent passengers, and brought retribution to a violent thug who wanted to kill us all – not for anything we had done but just for who we are.

Lynch
Silver Screen, Golden Years

Two Hollywood Stars and the SS Andrea Doria Tragedy

In a way, the Andrea Doria tragedy seemed a portent to the end of elegant travel. The jet age was on the horizon, as was the age of instant media coverage for such events, with all its sensationalism and cruel lack of privacy for victims.

Marze
Vintage Vibes

Widow’s Walk

In modern society we are inundated with political correctness on how to communicate with and about various races, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations, but grieving people have been left off the list.

McCune
Tunnel Visions

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Best of all, we became closer with our family's next generation, and they learned more about us. As Sean said at the conclusion of our trip, "Grandpa is my new best friend." What can beat a result like that?

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Seven-year-olds can have real conversations in which they state opinions, mull information, and ask questions. Just give the kids time and a little direction. You'll get highly original points of view while building the bonds between the generations.

Reed
Life Now

Flowing with the Stream of Life

Being content with where I am right now allows enjoyment of the scenery along the way. I can continue to look forward to improving myself, whether it be in spiritual living, my job or relationships with others. I can do, have and be whatever I choose.

White-Walker
Agelessly Yours

Weird Isn’t the Word

Tobacco spit-colored drapes subbed as doors until one day Mom just yanked those dungeon-looking suckers down, and then every room in the house was sunny but deprived of privacy. I guess our parents couldn’t afford to buy doors and food, pay for doctor’s and dentist’s bills, and a Catholic education, so they came up with a cockamamie solution.

August 2016
Cotsana

What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?

I also gave some thought back to my much, much younger days to try and remember some of the things I wanted to be when I grew up –  like a professional wrestler (until I realized it was fake), professional football player, jet pilot, doctor or veterinarian, and rock star were a few that came to mind. Needless to say, these are non-starters for a 68 year old.

Erland
Farewells

Death Is an August Affair

Bela “Dracula” Lugosi also died this month, on August 16, 1956. Fellow creepy actor Peter Lorre, attending the funeral, said: "Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?"

Handler
Leslie Goes Boom

In Case Tissues

The fight had been the week before. I accompanied her to the cosmetic surgeon's office so she could discuss her impending facelift. She wanted to prove to me he was qualified and hoped I would agree with her assessment. I did not.

Healy

Wisdom for the Ages ... Or the Aging

It wasn’t that I deliberately broke any rules. I just didn’t ask if there was a rule, or if I had permission. Often there was, and I didn’t. But, by then, the fun had been had and there was no taking back the moment. And the moment could also be nicely savored later while being grounded in one’s room.

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