coronavirus, Family, life, new old age, War, Writing

A pandemic diary: Lessons from the last world war

March 25, 2020 I’ve hardly been out of the condo for three weeks. Except for my wife, my last offline human interaction was five days ago with a grocery clerk. Every time I wash my hands, which is often, I feel like Lady MacBeth: "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" But I know I’m one… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Lessons from the last world war

Facebook, humor, life, Writing

40 shades of Dave

I recently ran across one of those "copy and paste and play along" posts on Facebook, a list of questions to answer and share. This one was called "40 things about me," but I'm too busy to wade through the whole bunch, and I'm betting a lot of y'all would tune me out somewhere around… Continue reading 40 shades of Dave

humor, life, men and women, new old age, retirement

The night the bed fell: 21st century update

If you’re about my age* and had good English teachers in high school, you might have been assigned to read a classic James Thurber piece called, “The Night the Bed Fell.” I won’t even try to recount this delightfully loony story, but I will shamelessly appropriate the title for my own true (!) tale of… Continue reading The night the bed fell: 21st century update

humor, life, men and women, new old age, retirement

Anti-social security, or “Ten things to know about getting old”

Dear Sir,* We’ve received your application for Social Security. We welcome you to the ranks of the senior beneficiary retirement subgroup, or as some of our younger staff call it, “Geezer Gulch.” Before we can start payments, we need you to answer just a few questions to be sure you’re eligible. After all, we wouldn’t… Continue reading Anti-social security, or “Ten things to know about getting old”

humor, life, new old age, Writing

Retired, but not from life

Yesterday I retired from the job I'd held for many years. I had a great sendoff, with lots of good wishes and some truly special gifts from the best bunch of colleagues anywhere, or at least in this corner of the Milky Way. I've got plans for the first day of the rest of my… Continue reading Retired, but not from life

life, new old age, Writing

Angry old man part 2 (and now he’s a diehard)

The ageists are at it again.  On CBS “Sunday Morning,” a reporter noted that Earth, Wind and Fire is still out there touring – and then, in a breathless, incredulous tone, she added “in their sixties.” STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!! Musicians who are over 30 can still perform!!!!!! According to what I understand, these blokes are… Continue reading Angry old man part 2 (and now he’s a diehard)