Rules of Survival

Category: 2016, Life, Survival

You hear me refer to the Rules of Survival quite often, but you may never have had the opportunity to attend a meeting where I reviewed them. I have followed these rules for many years, but did not realize that I was doing so because I never verbalized them. They are quite simple and you […]

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Jun 3, 20163
Tibby on the Mandolin

Obituaries and Great-Grandchildren

Category: 2014, Family, Life, Nostalgia

At my birthday party I had the joy of watching and playing with some of my great grand sons. There are five, so far, with another on his way. Strangely it reminded me that I read obituaries for many reasons.  Obviously there is the old Mark Twain reason to see that mine has not as […]

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Jan 6, 20153
Last Resort Tray

The Last Resort Tray

Category: 2012, Life, Nostalgia, Survival

My family had a great Christmas gift idea. They decided that we, the old folks, needed help with getting our daily lives in order and we needed a full day of clean up and pick up service. They noticed that we no longer pick things up if it involves unnecessarily bending down and the yard […]

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Jan 20, 20123
Living Headstone

The New Way of Dying

Category: 2009, Death, Life

In my autobiography (The Vision) death and last words of people facing death are often discussed. On his deathbed Heinrich Heine, the German poet was asked if he expects to be forgiven by God. His answer: “Dieu me pardonnera. C’est son metier.” [God will pardon me. It is his trade.] These were the same words […]

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Dec 9, 20093

The Life of John Blank

Category: 2006, Life, Values

He took a stroll and bought a package of lined, white paper, and a pen with a box of refills. It was early evening as he sat down at his desk. He took the first of the 100 sheets and wrote on top “My Life” by John Blank. He underlined “My Life” and sat back. […]

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May 1, 20063

5 Simple Rules to Be Happy

Category: 2003, Life

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, and…well, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all of his […]

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Sep 26, 20033