Category: Life

A Cratchit Kind of Christmas

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It’s a typical frantic, modern Christmas season, full of parties and errands and things to buy. Televisions are filled with pictures of mountains of presents under beautifully decorated trees, along with exhortations to buy more things. It was simpler for the Cratchits. You probably remember the Cratchits from  »  Read More

3 Rules for a Good Life

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When John was born, his father wrote a letter to his newborn son headed “Three Rules for A Good Life.” When John’s son was born, he wrote the same kind of letter. Now, that son has graduated from college. John was at my table at a dinner party I attended a couple of months back. He told us that he wanted to write a  »  Read More

Memorial Day Thoughts and Reading

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I become pensive around Memorial Day. I remember those whom, as the Episcopal liturgy says, “we love, but see no longer.” They are special friends, but, as the Warrior’s Toast puts it, “absent friends” and I will toast them this Memorial Day as every other Memorial Day. The odd and the small  »  Read More

Thoughts on Retirement and Purpose

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I’m 70 years old. So when my new neighbor across the street noticed that I was around most of the day and assumed I was retired, that wasn’t any kind of a problem for me. In fact, I had an answer ready. “I’m a writer,” I told him. “Writers don’t retire.” In fact, for most of history, nobody retired  »  Read More

Commencement: 11 things I wish I’d learned sooner

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To commence something means to begin it. For students who are graduating, their commencement exercises are the beginning of what’s next. When I graduated from high school, in 1963, I knew something about what was next for me. I was taking the summer to work and play, but I had already enlisted in the Marines. I knew the  »  Read More

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