December 1 , 2016 /

Some Seasoning for the Season

We received a voice message the other day from a grandson who said “it would be really nice if I could get the Christmas countdown for the computer”. What he was referring to was that he had not yet received his Advent calendar for this year. My wife hustled quickly to Jackie Lawson’s web site

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November 14 , 2016 /

TAKE THE CAKE

About 30 years ago a friend, who was 90 years old, repeated an often-heard phrase which was “Life is short,” and at her age I could understand that it was getting much shorter. Then she added another, intriguing sentence, “Eat dessert first and always take the biggest piece.” I found it rather amusing and by

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June 7 , 2016 /

RECALIBRATE AND STAY ON TRACK

Almost everyone I know, including myself, have had some kind of event that has thrown us off track, hopefully temporarily. It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing the button on speed control. There are many reasons why it’s so difficult to regroup ones energy, purpose and drive to continue. We can feel emotionally and

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November 14 , 2015 /

MORTALITY and the GIFT OF TIME

Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, published just a year ago, takes a good look at how we, and the medical community, deal with people in the later years of their lives. For those of us with aging parents or who ourselves are already past the midpoint, whatever that

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October 14 , 2015 / , ,  /

LIVING AND DYING WELL

Assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case.”   Annie Dillard, On Writing, p. 68 At age 41 I had an epiphany about my own mortality. I was leaving my office, driving through a parking lot toward the main street. I had to stop the car as

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