June 29 , 2017 /

A JOURNAL JOURNEY

GUEST AUTHOR: Dr. John A Blaschke – 96 year old, semi-retired physician “WWII Naval Aviator where I learned discipline of self and the discipline of a greater cause. Graduate of Univ. Oklahoma College of Medicine 1950 made possible by GI Bill. No nation ever rewarded its military veterans as the USA did after the war.

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June 23 , 2017 /

Passing 80: Conversation with Self

That’s how fast you drive on the Interstates in the West? Yes, but that’s not what I’m thinking about and I promise to keep it brief. OK, go. You celebrate your 80th birthday tomorrow and start your 81st year. What do you think about that? What do you make of that? I feel enormous gratitude

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June 8 , 2017 /

INFLECTION IN TRANSITION

I received the following note from a long-time friend and colleague recently and I have his permission to use it as a springboard to my response. “In questioning my most purposeful activity at this point in life, I am considering not continuing in service for others…but rather look at all the expectations and all the

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June 3 , 2017 /

STRESS

On May 22, my mother-in-law decided, and announced, at 103 years old, that she was moving back to Oklahoma City, a distance of 535 miles from Santa Fe, NM, where she has lived for the past 12 years. For most of that time she has lived independently in her own house, fairly close to two

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May 15 , 2017 /

CHANGE BY ANY OTHER NAME

It doesn’t matter when this thought or feeling comes to you, whether waking up one day or at the end of yet another day. It is the uncomfortable moment when you think or feel that life as you know it sucks. What then are you willing to believe and to do to change that? Or

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May 3 , 2017 /

THE BIG C

I don’t remember exactly when Cancer entered my vocabulary of understanding although as a teenager, I was very aware of breast cancer and mastectomies. My girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed and underwent the surgery around 1950. Partly because her mother was a nurse and her father a doctor, they talked about it openly. Then, I heard

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