Category Archives: Retirement

Going vegan

I’m not a PETA person: in fact, I own a mink coat (for which I have no use here in Costa Rica) and I’ll tell you– if you get in my face– how nasty minks are, and how they deserve … Continue reading

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A healthy balance on the credit side

Life has taught me to be a little nervous when I’m really happy. I want to knock wood, or refuse to speak of it for fear the feeling will disappear.  I remind myself of the Chinese peasant in The Good … Continue reading

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Know Your Enemy

BufferI have met the enemy, sort of, and I’m confused. I read the whole, schizophrenic platform of the Tea Party, and didn’t know whether to laugh or lie down on a highway and let the cars run over me. If … Continue reading

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Authentic Happiness

Years ago, I discovered the Positive Psychology movement. Doctor Martin Seligman, of the University of Pennsylvania, a cognitive therapy guru, thought he knew how people could be happier. The big idea behind cognitive therapy is that we can change our … Continue reading

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Starring on highways in Pennsylvania: fall foliage

One of the things I love about Pennsylvania is the smash hit that plays along a highway near you around the last two weeks of October, and runs until the last leaves fall. In this production there are no bad seats, and the ticket is always free. It can be a sad story, a reminder of mortality; or a joyous one, with the implicit promise of renewal; regardless, it plays to packed houses. Continue reading

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You CAN go home again

In Spanish, the word casa means house; as far as I can tell, there’s no word that means home. In English, we differentiate between house and home, but often use the two words interchangeably. Lately, I’ve been wondering: How can … Continue reading

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Diamonds on the floor

Joan Rivers said: “I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to exercise, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” But she’s skinny; I need to exercise because my middle is growing, even though the numbers on the scale … Continue reading

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Mercury in retrograde

My brother David swears that everything goes wrong with communications when Mercury is in retrograde. In case you’re wondering, Mercury rules communications, so when it appears to go backwards in the zodiac, things tend to get messed up. I don’t … Continue reading

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Widget Nightmares

I’ve always suffered work-related nightmares. In the early eighties, I tended bar and cooked in two rock and roll bars in Philadelphia’s South Street area. Those were low-stress, fun-filled jobs. In search of bigger bucks, I found a job on … Continue reading

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