Imagining Ourselves as Snowbirds in Mesa

For the last eight days I've been with my lovely wife in Mesa, Arizona, staying in a "55-and-older" RV park.  Her aunt has a trailer in this Snowbird destination, which she only uses for three months each winter to escape the brutal Canadian winters.  We invaded this modest little hideaway a week before she arrived … Continue reading Imagining Ourselves as Snowbirds in Mesa


My First Winter Solstice Celebration

It was the last full moon appearing on a winter solstice until the year 2094, which I don't anticipate seeing.  There was also meteor shower expected. My wife had left for her work party that had seemed unlikely for me to avoid, but after a sudden turn for the worse, I was home alone with … Continue reading My First Winter Solstice Celebration

Not Quite Ready To Quit

Immediately upon the first few strides on the Tartan track, impulses come flooding in, the dominant signals emanating from the right knee joint.  There's a deep pain, but the damage inflicted today will be likely be minimal.  Ironically, as the pace increases, the strike angle at the knee joint shifts to a less-worn area, causing … Continue reading Not Quite Ready To Quit

Sometimes It’s Drudgery

They get to participate in at least two excursions per day.  You'd think they'd be dying to get outside, but often it's a struggle.  Sometimes just finding them is a challenge.  Occasionally I end up hunting for them throughout the house. Once they're both located, I need to convince them it's time to go.  I … Continue reading Sometimes It’s Drudgery

A Personal Little Office Shrine

My Dad.  He was the executive director for the local Heart Association for many years and did his job well.  In 1970 he was awarded this plaque (complete with a very accurate thermometer), for raising more money for the Heart Fund than any previous year.  He was very involved in local programs to educate and … Continue reading A Personal Little Office Shrine

Taking Her Back There Again

I've been thinking about how different people are, even those who come from the same parents.  I e-mailed my last blog post to my sister about the wild morning after the concert, the night she disappeared with one of the band members.  I raced my father to motel the next morning, who was ready to … Continue reading Taking Her Back There Again

Another Tale Of Little Sister’s Rescue

I worked for a concert promotion company for two years while attending college in the 70's, which helped feed me and partly funded my substantial partying expense budget.  In the beginning I was a stage hand, but as elder classmates continued to graduate, I eventually fell into managing the local stage crew, arranging security, band … Continue reading Another Tale Of Little Sister’s Rescue

Listening To An Entire Album

My twenty-something daughter called to inform me that she recently listened to the Beatles' Abbey Road album from beginning to end.  It was a delightful conversation, and I continued thinking about it long after we hung up.  Interesting timing too, because I had recently read that: A song today only has a 48% chance of … Continue reading Listening To An Entire Album