1. Storms, Pictures and Memories

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    I am struck by how nature can create the backdrop for stories, long-lasting memories, and sometimes meaningful lessons. Much of the time I deal with natural phenomena only when they throw themselves upon me. In 2011, for example, the incessant winter storms and vast accumulations of snow had a major...
  2. Life is Long Enough

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    The other day I overheard a comment in someone else’s conversation. I wasn’t really eavesdropping because I don’t remember what the people were talking about. But out of the surrounding air I heard a man say, “Life is too short.” Without thinking, I turned to him and said, “Life is...
  3. Driver’s License

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    On Tuesday, July 1st, I renewed my driver’s license. Because my birthday is in early August, I wanted to get it off my to-do list quickly. I completed the renewal and now my right to drive is assured for the next five years. Although the process was easy, I muttered,...
  4. The End of Caregiving

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    I sat down today and figured out that I was a caregiver of older loved-ones for varying amounts of time and intensity for much of the past 30 years. It started with my dad who died in 1987 at age 83. He had a major stroke about six months earlier...