1. Reflections on Getting Older

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    I used to have this fantasy that the summer months should be a time of fun, relaxation, and not thinking about anything too serious. I suppose I could work on maintaining that illusion, but the passage of time and life events often prevent that from happening. For one thing, my...
  2. Goodbye 2013

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    Two-thousand and thirteen was a hard year for me and I am very glad to see it go. I insist that 2014 be better. Of course, I have no control over what this New Year will be like, but I have steadfast, hopeful expectations. I have to believe it will...
  3. 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...
  4. 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,...
  5. Making Decisions, Changing Places

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    For a long time, years in fact, I debated with myself about whether I should remain in my house or move – perhaps to a place where I wouldn’t have to worry about snow shoveling, keeping the lawn mowed, electrical panel meltdowns, and all of the other things that take...
  6. No tomatoes this year

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    Every year for the past decade or so I have grown tomatoes in pots in my backyard. The front of my house faces north and only gets sun in the earlier morning. But by about 11 a.m. the sun begins to show itself around the back of the house and...