My 69th birthday blog #1: this year’s journey

October 22, 2017

We are put on earth a space to learn to bear the beams of love ~William Blake With this post, I am announcing my year-long project to record my thoughts on my 70th year, beginning on my 69th birthday. I finished 69 years yesterday, and I start my 70th October 18th, 2017. This is also […]

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What Do You Know In the Afternoon of Life?

May 3, 2017

In a class on self-expression for “The Afternoon of Life” held at the Jung Center in Houston, I was asked to write quickly before I did any censoring, on what I know. Here is what came out of me. What do you know?  Remember, write fast. What I know, and want to pass on John […]

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Sensing the Long Arc of Love in Our Elder Years

March 20, 2017

On TV last night in Houston, St. Patrick’s Day — yes, I still watch local news and weather sometimes — was a most touching story of a school janitor lady giving some of the little money she had to repair a vandalized school bus, one that transports the kids she loves at the school she […]

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A New Year for Our Neglected Democratic Infrastructure

December 20, 2016

We are gearing up it appears, if legislative forecasting for 2017 can be believed, for a big spend on the long-neglected infrastructure of highways and sewers and bridges. It took us decades to get to this mandate and let’s hope we intelligently add to our public assets. Democracy itself has a less visible infrastructure, but […]

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Ripen against the Grain

October 13, 2016

I did an un-American thing last month. I went on a 33-day trip to Wales, England and, mainly, Ireland. I walked the hills and listened to music and drifted and did nothing to add to the U.S. GDP. It was enriching. I slowed down to a crawl, and had no goals except to enjoy the […]

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