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November 20, 2019

Me and my 92 year-old Nana in her nursing facility.

I love my Nana. I visit her every weekend in the nursing home. Sometimes I find it very hard to keep the conversation going because she keeps telling the same stories and asked about people that are no longer alive. I...

November 14, 2019

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt   

It's not a nursing home, it's a retirement home.  That's what my kids tell us. They say it will be easier for us and easier for them.  Regardless of what it's called, I thin...

October 1, 2019

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman - 

In terms of the selfie, I believe, as it relates to the Whitman quote, people mentally replace the sun with their smartphone camera. The shadows symbolize people who are not...

October 1, 2019

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. - William Shakespeare -  

My father was a Lucille Ball super-fan. My mother was a Carol Burnett super-fan. My parent's friends put them together because they were both so nutty abou...

September 18, 2019

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus

I've fought with feeling sad since I graduated college.  I used to believe I could buy my own happiness. I bought clothes. I bought shoes. I bought jewelry.  The more I bough...

August 7, 2019

The right costume determines the character, helps the actor feel who he is, and serves the story. - Colleen Atwood - 

Nothing beats free samples at Costco or Trader Joe's. The challenge is how to get enough samples to fill you up! My ten-year old son and I devised a pla...

February 20, 2019

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward
 

When I think of people finding themselves, I think of the hippies of the 60's and 70's eschewing all responsibility as they undergo their pers...

January 9, 2019

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why. - William Barclay - 

I started my speech thanking my parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts/uncles, niece, wife, and kids for making time to come to my 50th birthday dinner during...

October 19, 2018

Real intimacy is only possible to the degree that we can be honest about what we are doing and feeling.  - Joyce Brothers - 

Crafting your memoir requires honesty first and foremost with yourself. Sometimes what you want to say and what you actually say comes out a...

February 5, 2018

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  - Aristotle - 

My memory of falling in love. This story truly defines the person I was and the one I hope to become.  My memoir will have this with other parts of my life.

The first time I saw her I knew in m...

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