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Saving a life: mine
Tuesday, May 22, 2018      1 comments

I'm retired - never thought that would be a problem. I sometimes hear of folks who are in their 80's and 90's and still employed doing something they enjoy and are able to make valuable contributions doing. But that's not happening with me... Read more
A Delicate Moment
Monday, May 21, 2018      1 comments

Three days, now, I've maintained my weight below high school weight. Not high school physique, but high school weight. Don't have enough abdominal muscle tone to avoid something of a beer belly (what I have is a fat belly - no beer involved: wha... Read more
A manageable To-Do list
Monday, February 26, 2018      4 comments

Yesterday I shortened the list of tasks yet-to-be-done. Today it feels manageable. I am focused more on things I value more. A good thing.... Read more
Moving through the morasse - AKA: Lost in the details
Sunday, February 25, 2018      3 comments

I guess I hang myself up in doing things that seem to need to be done before doing what I want to do. Clearing out my To-Do list is liberating. Trying to keep focus on the goals I've actually chosen helps, but is astonishingly difficult. And the... Read more
And the Year Begins
Monday, January 01, 2018      3 comments

The sun rose this morning, and, after pushing through a bit of fog, promises a good day for walking in the park, and along the beach, stopping at an oft visited coffee place, and taking mass transit home. 2018 is opening with a distinct lack of ... Read more
Yesterday Fell Apart
Friday, March 17, 2017      5 comments

Today will be better. First, there's the clear dawn sunlight streaming into my room. I always feel capable and optimistic when I see the morning dawn. Second, I am grateful that I have this new opportunity to continue what I was doing ... Read more
Is Acceptance the End?
Monday, March 13, 2017      1 comments

It's morning. A cold, clear, end of winter morning. The day is full of possibilities and I look forward to taking care of the things I think are important. I list these important things for myself, particularly in the morning. Professional ... Read more
Morning Has Broken...
Saturday, March 11, 2017      7 comments

Broken open, I mean to say, and looks lovely. Sunny, clear, chilly. I've been able to get up at 6 am the past two mornings without an alarm, and find that having breakfast, scanning the paper, checking into SparkPeople, and checking for ma... Read more
A Beautiful Day Ahead - An Opportunity
Thursday, March 09, 2017      0 comments

Today is a lovely, sunny, chill, but not cold day. House is quiet. My wife is off on a genealogic project and I have 9 AM to 5 PM at my disposal. It feels good to look ahead at the opportunity to make what I will of the day. We'll see how it tur... Read more
Routine is Helping
Wednesday, March 08, 2017      4 comments

Routine is helping. And getting up earlier would help more. I can generally be sure of getting three blocks of work done: professional study, French study, and gym (surrogate for climbing hills). Also getting home admin generally fits in. T... Read more
Gathering Thoughts
Monday, March 06, 2017      1 comments

It's Monday morning. I have a cup of tea, and I'm typing, not writing, as I look ahead at the week and review a bit the week just passed. I feel good that my wife and I are working together, not separately, on the issue of how ot retire, an... Read more
Focus - seems to be working
Saturday, March 04, 2017      4 comments

Setting priorities is a constant requirement. I've got these goals. How to accomplish? For me the issue is something akin to focus. I have set professional study, French study, Spark, email, and finance management as the big things, and in ... Read more
Dinner Party Went Well
Thursday, March 02, 2017      6 comments

I enjoy entertaining. Particularly at dinner. I get to cook something I like (or hope I'll like), and the atmosphere is likely upbeat. Last night we had a neighbor over, a single woman who's been living alone for some 30 years. I modified t... Read more
Brain dying
Monday, February 27, 2017      6 comments

I used to feel I had a facility with foreign language. I took Latin in high school, followed by German in high school and college. I learned some Spanish visiting family in Mexico, and learned some basic Italian while stationed in Italy. When I ... Read more
Great Flight
Thursday, February 23, 2017      4 comments

We were lucky. Although completely full, the flight took off on time, had a very smooth cross country trip. Getting through both origin and destination terminals was smooth, all baggage delivered quickly to the carousels, and ground transportati... Read more

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