“The best survival strategy was always to copy old men, because they, after all, were the winners, the survivors” – The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

Too many of us fail to break the crippling grip of our environment and life experiences. Sad and very unfortunate for mankind.

Given that we are all flawed, why would anyone allow another human being to advise them how to think on such important and personal issues as religion, politics, and morals?

Possibly there is a celestial penalty we all pay for failure to utilize our brain’s capacity to think.

There certainly is an earthly price.

Having shared these thoughts…………………………..



It’s the same model of intellectual submission that dictatorships have used throughout time, the concept of a higher reasoning without any obligation to discharge the burden of proof” – The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

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“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing, when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.” – Rod Serling

With time on my hands, I watch TV. Too much of it.

There are some very good shows on National Geographic, Discovery, History, Science channels and a few others. PBS if they keep politics out of it.

Here’s the thing, the caveat, the Achilles heel. We are forced to suffer those @#$%&() COMMERCIALS!!!!!!!!!!!

Back when I watched very little TV, I had no idea growing older came with so many health traps.

Now, any abnormal twitch or sudden alteration in bodily functions warns me of the early stages of dementia, paranoia, rheumatoid arthritis, gum disease, worm infection, heart disease, E.D., and a plethora of other ailments accompanying the aging process.

Worse yet, I’ve developed a fear of driving. The odds are that a big truck will plow into me and burden my family with Millions of Dollars in medical bills and leave me paralyzed, in a hospital bed, for two years.

I will end up broke, homeless, and shunned by society.

Unless I call a lawyer


“You can live to be a hundred if  you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred” – Woody Allen

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Per a recent a study, our brains decay 5% per decade after age 40.


So my brain is almost 18% less effective.

I’m sure some of my family and friends would doubt the accuracy of that number. Too conservative they would say.

I doubt I’ll live long enough to become a complete idiot.

On the other hand, I could destroy the curve.

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“Words are such gross machinery, so primitive and ambiguous” – Frank Herbert

I love words. Not as much as say Hamburgers but………………

I like the way they work together to communicate a thought, a command, a wish, an emotion.

However, I’m amazed that the English language has so many different words that have the same meaning.

Words that most of us have never heard or used. Would not be able to pronounce or use correctly.


Demonym. – name used for the people who live in a particular country, State, or other locality.

Moria – A persons fate or destiny.

Senectitude – The last stage of life.

An English speaking person could speak a strange and unintelligible language using unknown dictionary verses.

I read that English has more words than most world languages.

I wonder how many of those words are archaic and unnecessary. Wasting valuable space.

Just sayin.

”Words don’t have power to hurt, unless the person who says those words means a lot to you”

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How could I?

“Fundamental changes of behavior hardly ever happen. Human beings are notorious. They insist on making the same mistakes over and over again, even after they’ve received new information” – The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

At various stages of my life I’ve said, what are in hindsight, thoughtless things that permanently altered a relationship. My friend or loved one was offended in a way I never intended and that relationship either died immediately or in time just faded away.

I lost a valuable resource.

I ask myself: How could I have been so stupid? So thoughtless?

Most often there is no answer.

Have you ever been there? I hope so because I don’t want to be alone in this.

Sad to be so flawed. So human.

“If you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth”

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A Great Guy

“The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy.” – Oscar Wilde

In about 2 weeks I will celebrate my 75th birthday. God I’m old. Anyway, oddly enough, the years have rewarded me with something. Understanding. Comprehension. Some peace. Some reconciliation.

I think I’m beginning to figure it all out. And when I do, I’ll share with all of you.

Am I a great guy or what?

“It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious” – Oscar Wilde

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“I hate it when people are at your house and they ask ‘Do you have a bathroom?’ No, we pee in the yard.”

 Phone rings. A number I don’t recognize. Most of the time I don’t answer these calls. But it is local and what the hell? Go for it.


Is this Mr. ******?

Well I don’t know. Maybe Mr. ****** is unavailable. Maybe he doesn’t want to talk to you. Maybe he’s disposing of a body. Who is this and what do you want?

It really annoys me when I get a call like that. What’s wrong with: This is Doctor Johnson’s office calling to confirm an appointment. Is Mr. ****** available?

Manners. A lost art.

And how about this?

Several days ago we checked into a hotel in Sherman, Tx.

Do you have a room preference?

Not really. Just not close to the elevator.

How about 205? Is that OK?

Gee……I don’t know. I’ve never been in 205. Did not know it even existed?

Does it have a bed? How about a toilet? Does it have a toilet?

And a shower. That would be nice.

What kind of a stupid question is that? Is 205 OK? Gee…..I don’t know. What do you think?

Honestly, I did not respond that way. But I wanted to.

“You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.” 


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“The great secret that old people share is that you haven’t really changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all” – Doris Lessing

New to Tulsa.

First appointment with my new PCP physician Tuesday.

Arrived early to complete paper work.

Office clean and orderly. Staff friendly and helpful.

Ok folks. Looks like I found a Doctor.

Right on time the friendly assistant calls my name.

Follow me please.

And I do. Through a door and down a hall to another room where several other staff members are busy performing stuff. Things. Something.

Platoon halt. Right face. Fall out.

She points at what looks like a scale. Take your shoes off and stand here.

She records my weight and height. Like a sewing machine this woman.

How tall am I? 5’10” she announces.


 There’s been some mistake. I’m 6’. Have been since I was 16.

Wellllllllllllllll……she observes………..as we age, we shrink. You’ve shrunk 2 inches since you were 16.


 “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Power of Music

“A man with no trace of the feminine in him, with no duality at all, is a man without tenderness, sympathy, gentleness, kindness, responsiveness.” – Bright orange for the Shroud

Recently I discovered HPR (Heartland Public Radio) out of Branson, Mo.

It plays nothing but the oldest Country. Hank Williams – Hank Snow – Jim Reeves. That genre.

Nonstop. No commercials. One after the other. On and on.

I enjoy those old sounds so I listen as I move through breakfast.

Guess I never really listened to the lyrics. I’m listening now.

Thinking about old friends, places. Things.

Eventually I feel sad. Not depressed, but I begin to orbit.

Oh, there she is. My daughter. She bounces into the kitchen. A smile radiates through the fog of early morning.

Good morning Ann.

Good morning Dad.

I’m OK now.

The power of music. Wow.

“The heart is the chief  feature of a functioning mind” – Frank Lloyd Wright

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Free Will

“We are at the center of the galaxy only in our own tortured minds”

Free Will

What’s that all about?

Consider: Many believe that man was created with free will, which is their way of explaining all of the evil foisted on mankind since creation.

So…………..does that mean God does not know how this will all work out?

And if it does………..who will win in the end? The good guys or the dark side?

Rather unnerving to think about. Don’t you think?

“The evil men do lives on and the good is oft interred with their bones” – Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

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