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August 2017
Sam's Side

The Pitfalls of Perks

So what does that tell me? It doesn’t say that I looked like a distinguished senior. It doesn’t say that I carried myself as a somewhat hip and stylish older gentleman. Nope. It told me simply and only, that to the 20-somethings behind the ticket office window, I looked old enough to be their grandfather.

Leslie Goes Boom

A Trip to Crazy

Then there were the times I drove off with my purse on the hood of the car, couldn’t find the car keys hanging in their regular spot by the back door, couldn’t find my glasses on top of my head, and couldn’t remember why I walked into a room.

Senior Moments

Dealing with Diminished Life Energy

Bill’s building that wall, despite his illness, a few stones at a time, inspired me to deal in a positive way with having less energy. I decided that whenever I needed to get something done that I didn’t feel like doing, I would do a “Billy.”

Life Now

Finding Great-grandma in Interesting Places

You may not consider yourself a museum buff but there are troves of interesting tidbits waiting to be discovered. Historical repositories reflect a view of history that allows your imagination to fill in the story, much like reading a historical novel.

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Fishy Adventure in the British Virgin Islands

The enmeshed beasts bumped against my legs, probably sharks, or mantas, or eels that would soon take umbrage at a white-legged man shoving them around, and apply a toothy or venomous or electric nip upon my person.

July 2017
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Mean but Spirited

I don’t think I was ever the type to sweet-talk or butter up a situation, no matter its severity, even in my youth. But as I get older, I'm even less inclined to be reserved or apologetically charming … or helpful, for that matter.

Sam's Side


“Well, first we have to configure the parameters for the wifi conglomerate.” (Note, he did not actually say THESE words. I have no idea what he really said. At this point, it was like Charlie Brown talking to an adult. “Bluh bluh bluh bluuuhhh.”)

Just Sayin’

America, The Land That I Love

America is relatively new. We don’t have the old castles, or remnants of old Roman civilizations that once roamed over its fields. We don’t have kings or queens, tsars or regimes. Instead our power is in our freedom.

Senior Moments

Ten Cups of Coffee: Small Choices for a Happier Life

I accepted when I became Medicare eligible that my life moving forward was unlikely to be all peaches and cream. However, as the years continued to roll along, and the warranties running out started to grind me down more and more, I decided to make it a priority to make my life easier and happier whenever possible.

Slice of Life

Swiftly Flow the Days

We rose and faced the back of the church. My husband Frank walked Heidi down the aisle. Most people, I’m sure, saw a beautiful, elegant woman in taffeta and pearls, but I saw a hundred moments in time.

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