Archive For The “Here I Am” Category

Misfits

By |

Misfits

There’s quite a difference between not conforming and not being able to conform. On reflection – there’s a glare – every momentous mistake ever made was when he was trying to do what he thought other folks wanted or needed or demanded. Or it was just that time in life.  What was expected. Or he…

Read more »

Visiting Cousin Otis

By |

Visiting Cousin Otis

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance – George Bernard Shaw Many years ago, I wrote a few notes about beloved and astounding relatives. My aunt, officially thirty-five percent disabled and half the rest of the time not feeling real good, works four days a week, then…

Read more »

The Best I Can Do Right Now

By |

The Best I Can Do Right Now

The best I can do right now is one woman at a time and home by ten without staggering. Best I can do. Hope to do better. Better. Maybe come home sooner. Stagger less.

Read more »

School Days & The Lonely Hearts Killer

By |

School Days & The Lonely Hearts Killer

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”  –Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 1850 I despised school—or schools, for I was always changing from one to another—and year after year failed the simplest subjects out of loathing and boredom. I played hooky at least twice a week and was always…

Read more »

The Insider’s Guide To Sedona

By |

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…

Read more »

Sedona Real Hotel & Suites

By |

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…

Read more »

Gerontophobia

By |

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…

Read more »

You Smell Nice

By |

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…

Read more »

Gone To The Beach

By |

Gone To The Beach

Read more »

My Commencement Address

By |

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…

Read more »