Category Archives: Remembering

Tragedy and Healing

I’d be willing to bet that anyone who was over the age of five on September 11, 2001 remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing that morning.  I was alone in my apartment and, when I awoke, … Continue reading

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Premembering a Future

My 4th grade teacher was Miss Rucker.  She was a very sharp cookie.  I had some pretty cool elementary school teachers and, to this day, I still admire them.  But the only comment from a report card that I can … Continue reading

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The Bloomp Bloomp

I’ve wanted to tell you about this for a long time.  I know I’ve told you about many of the stupid things I did as a child, but for some reason it has been particularly difficult for me to share … Continue reading

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How Many Rolls of String Does it Take to Get to Hollywood?

I guess it’s Karma that at one point in my life, I produced TV commercials.  It was my penance for devising the plot to end all commercials.  Or, at least, the ones I didn’t like. My diabolical plan came back … Continue reading

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The Andretti Brothers

Everything is childproofed these days.  There are latches for kitchen cupboards and tamper-proof tops for medications.  There are mandatory helmet laws for bicycles and seat belt and child-seat laws are strictly enforced.  There are safety locks for everything and plastic … Continue reading

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The Possibilities

I write this as pitchers and catchers begin reporting for Spring Training.  For fans of baseball, it is as much a sign of springtime as melting snow, budding florae and newborn fauna.  To quote my ol’ friend, Shaun Hynes, The … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Gravy

The rain today patters on the roof, but I’m in Southern California so the temperatures accompanying the storm aren’t too low.  Still, the sound of the rain and the dim light rouses the nesting instinct.  On days like this, you … Continue reading

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I’m Not A Cat Person

What is it with women and cats?  I have only been with one woman in my life who did not own a cat.  She didn’t like cats and she told me she never owned one.  But she’s the only woman … Continue reading

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When I Was Immortal

It doesn’t seem that long ago… and it seems a lifetime ago.  Gee, to be exact, it’s my lifetime ago.  I was young and the thought of the end of my life—go ahead, Bill, say death—was not even a blip … Continue reading

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What Color is the Old Gray Mare?

My first job in radio was Continuity Director for an AM/FM combo in Palm Springs, California.  Continuity Director was a fancy way of saying that my job was to write commercials for our clients.  My initial desire was to be … Continue reading

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Free Pony Rides

I recently attended my granddaughter’s first cheer-leading performance.  Is that what you call it?  A performance?  Anyway, she’s cheer-leading for Pop Warner Football games with another friend of hers.  Their first game was 90 minutes away—at 8 o’clock on a … Continue reading

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Space Age Rocket Surgery

I grew up the first of six siblings.  Not a large family by some standards, but larger than most. My mother wanted to have kids.  Later in our lives she told us that what she wanted to be when she … Continue reading

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I Was Cool… Once.

I had to have them.  Had to. I know I’ve spoken to you about the freedom I’ve found in my life by divesting myself of things.  First, I got rid of most of my possessions, keeping only those things required … Continue reading

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Record Breaking Intelligence

Every now and then when I am feeling like I am smart or wise or have just solved a really difficult problem or challenge, I remember some of the things I thought or did as a child.  Looking back on … Continue reading

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The (Sweet) Meaning of Life

I must have been about three years old.  Those were the days when, to raise a family, only one parent had to work.  My father worked in the aerospace industry and my mother stayed home with me and my two … Continue reading

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Aunt Alice

Recently, my friend Isabel, was blogging about helping others and the views different cultures have regarding helping one another. This week I attended the funeral of my Auntie Alice.  The entire day I was nearly to the point of being … Continue reading

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An Evening with Friends

I had a great dinner this past Friday evening with some (I hesitate to say “old”) friends.  But the topics of age, intermittent memory and aches & pains did come up quite often! We’d all worked at the same radio … Continue reading

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A Better Man Than I

I wish I could explain why it happened, but I can’t.  From the time I hit my teen years there was friction between my father and I.  I know that friction between and father and teenage son is a cliché, … Continue reading

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