Category Archive: Personal

Apr 09

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 12

In Brief— The author’s experiences in the warehouse we call home. Sometimes there are surprises from the gray-haired residents. And then, there are other more serious matters. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Everybody Dies One Day— It seems a trivial thing to fight over, but that’s what happened recently. “I’m going to kill that S.O.B.,” preceded the fisticuffs between …

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Apr 02

Creatures Large and Small—Part 2

In Brief— With apologies to James Herriot, the author rambles through some of his experiences with the beloved dogs who enrich our lives and are a part of the animal kingdom that shares the planet with us. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Man’s Best Friend— “Oh, you shouldn’t do that, Nikko,” she said in a simpering voice. Her dim-witted …

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Mar 26

Creatures Large and Small—Part 1

In Brief— With apologies to James Herriot, the author rambles through some of his experiences with a few of the furry and feathered creatures that share this planet with us. —————————————————————————————————————————————————– Anyone Who Loves Animals Can’t Be All Bad— The little lady squirrel sat on my knee eating sunflower seeds out of my hand. Bold …

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Mar 12

The Horror of Apartheid

In Brief— A review of memories of the author’s experiences in South Africa in the early ‘80s when apartheid was in force. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Apartheid is Abhorrent Wherever it Occurs— It was 1982 and we were on our way to an experience that was South Africa then…but exists today in another part of the world. We …

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Mar 05

Once Upon a Time

In Brief— With apologies to the Brothers Grimm, the author spins a fantasy that may look like reality except it takes place in a parallel universe we might easily mistake for our own. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore— Once upon a time in a universe much like our own there was a rotund little …

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Feb 26

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 11

In Brief— The author’s experiences after the private elder care company took over management from the kommun. Privatization European-style. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– “I’m Mad As Hell…”— Though there is now another vacancy, one empty room in our warehouse has now been filled. One of our number got off the train at her destination. The new occupant—I’ll call …

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Feb 19

Elegy for a Deer

In Brief—Memories of an autumn afternoon when a little deer came to die. ———————————————————————————————————————————————— Tears for A Little Deer— She lay quietly next to the fence hard by the forest and the trail down the side of the hill. Nearby stood the feeder where the birds, squirrels and deer came each day to feed. Autumn’s …

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Feb 05

Immortality, Yes or No?

In Brief—An examination of the age-old philosophical question of whether you would choose to live forever or die as normal mortals do. —————————————————————————————————————————————- Is Everlasting Life Worth It?— “Tuck Everlasting” is Natalie Babbitt’s thoughtful novel that raises the question posed by a fountain of youth that confers everlasting life on those who drink its waters. …

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Jan 29

Love and Human Nature

In Brief—An exploration of what is meant by “Love” and its possible sources. Is it real or merely a transitory experience? “Love is a serious mental disease.” (Plato) “I love you” may be the most common expression in the human repertoire, but its vagueness avoids some truths that are the core of human nature. Love …

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Jan 22

Memories of My Parents

In Brief—Bay remembers his parents and the influences they had on him from childhood and adulthood. —————————————————————————————————————————————— Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree?— For good or for ill, our parents not only endow us with their genes but provide the environment that helps shape us. Nature and nurture in concert. One question we …

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