Monthly Archives: November 2012

All That Gray Hair

Experience as a Flashlight: I stared at the man in the motel lobby who was talking to some other people.  He was balding and his face had moles, lines, and bumps.  I saw him however as a young man.  Underneath … Continue reading

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In the Military Service for the Holidays

Living in the Past:  As I’ve already shared, I was in the US Army during the 1960’s.  One of the things I wondered about when I was away from home was whether the folks back home knew what I was … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Thankfulness

Lessons I Have Learned:  A number of years ago, I either heard or came upon this thought that I could expand giving thanks beyond one Thursday a year to all year long.   This idea led me to the idea that … Continue reading

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Pension Payoff

Experience as a Flashlight:   When I finally finished my education and settled into earning a living, I was confronted with some big decisions about retirement.  Did I want my employer to withhold Social Security and did I want to set … Continue reading

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The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Living in the Past:  The shooting of JFK was another of those incidents so life stopping that people remember what they were doing at the time. I was a college freshman in the Autumn of 1963.  I was part of … Continue reading

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Take a Walk

  Lessons from Life:  When I was in the Army, it seemed an easy way out of my problems.  Whenever things piled up and I began to think I couldn’t handle life, I always took a walk.  There was something … Continue reading

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On Alert After Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

Living in the Past:  The reader needs to know that I am not a violent man.  I have had only one fight in my life.  I avoid physical confrontations because of some difficulties I have with my anger.  In the … Continue reading

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Waiting for Weight Loss

Experience as a Flashlight: For the last few decades I have had trouble getting down to my “goal weight.”  I was a regular at Weight Watchers Meetings for a few years but I found there were always more calories going … Continue reading

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Slow Down This Big Time Machine: Break Your Routine

Lessons from Life:  One thing I’ve heard comments about for almost as long as I can remember is the speed at which time passes.  From an early age I remember hearing that life is short and we must make the … Continue reading

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Embarassing Physical Exams

Experience As a Flashlight:   I didn’t mind my office job except for one event that happened each year that terrified me.  Each year I had to undergo a physical exam.  During the exam, the doctor had to check certain parts … Continue reading

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