Archive For The “Here I Am” Category

The Insider’s Guide To Sedona

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The Insider’s Guide To Sedona

We mostly stayed outside of downtown proper.  West Sedona. The Real Inn is the real deal.  Anything happens to the young redhead, the old man is headed straight back to Sedona. Figure Elizabeth and Kris can draw straws. West Side Deli.  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Seven days a week.  Who don’t like those hours. Both…

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Sedona Real Hotel & Suites

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Sedona Real Hotel & Suites

Have been ill as a canine since the moment I got here.  Too sick to tourist though I did manage two family gatherings. Not my family. A best friend’s family.  When you show up – unannounced – after twenty, thirty years, the surprise, the looks on their faces.  One teenager is now a great-grandmother. How…

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Gerontophobia

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Gerontophobia

Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good. ― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera There are some days, Mom once told me, if you can avoid looking in the mirror, you wouldn’t know how old you really are. She was heavily medicated.   Some days are older than other…

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You Smell Nice

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You Smell Nice

Passion is bullshit.  Goals are for losers.  You need simple systems that improve your odds. – Scott Adams. Follow the rubles. The world is not all they make it out to be. One thing leads to another. Get your head right.  Write your head. Buy her flowers. Don’t breathe your own exhaust. You have to…

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Gone To The Beach

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Gone To The Beach

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My Commencement Address

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My Commencement Address

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow…

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The Ten Worst Years Of His Life

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The Ten Worst Years Of His Life

Damaged people are dangerous.  They know they can survive. – Josephine Hart Before I forget again. Spent most of my life pretending not to be crazy. What a waste of time that was. Apparently must be mentioned – be completely insane not to – didn’t always fool everybody. There’s been some talk of some talk….

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The Cold Warriors

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The Cold Warriors

So, there we are.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  One weak mustache. I must be standing in a hole.  Guy in the middle disappeared.  Still looking for him.  Here he peers over his shoulder for border guards and German shepherds. Found my buddy on the right after almost fifty years.  Retired as a…

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Ode To Mom

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Ode To Mom

Spent my first seventeen+ years with this woman.  She spent her last seventeen+ years with me. The stories are old, her memory remains young. – JDW My mother was discovered dead in her recliner. The television played on. Know she died the night before. Watching ‘Jeopardy.’ Vana probably turned the first letter and Mom hollered…

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The Scream Redux

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The Scream Redux

Here Comes Donnie Doo Doo! The following appeared originally about a year ago.  Early May 2016. When we still had time to save ourselves. – JDW A reality television star.  Really? Quite by accident like when your worst nightmare comes true. Like that time when you almost drown in Winnipesaukee not even old enough to…

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