Taking the Long Road

Working Out My Plan B


Panama City Bay NightMy wife and I spent three weeks in Panama this summer. Last summer we did the same in Ecuador. And in January, we squeezed in over a week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each was a great visit for us, but in different ways. Investigating warmer environments has been on our agenda as we seek to identify prospective second residences before . . .

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August 08, 2016

I'm No Prince

Reflections on Being Average

loading....I’m just an average guy. I haven’t accomplished anything particularly memorable, nor does it appear anything along this line is going to emerge anytime soon.

 A recent quote from an interview on the late artist Prince reminded me again that exceptional performances require exceptional commitments. And average performances . . .

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April 24, 2016

How Much of Life Will You Exchange for It?

Silvrback blog imageI suppose the first question to be answered is what the “it” is in the title. I can say that the it varies from person to person and is determined by our life circumstances, to some degree.

Thoreau is quoted as saying that "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it".

No. I’m not hanging around reading . . .

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December 20, 2015

Midlife: Moving from Somebody to Nobody

Midlife men, I’d mentioned awhile back that I had been reading a book on growing older. It contains relatively short chapters on topics such as regret, fear, joy, relationships, and such, over 30 different topics. A chapter on ‘meaning’ touched a nerve recently. It seemed particularly relevant to me and captures what I think is a key question . . .

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December 07, 2015

Not Every Man Really Lives

I find myself thinking more and more about what kind of life I want to be living. Perhaps it is due to my age and the speed by which the years continue to fly by. It seems like I’m only living about one out of every three years that go by on the calendar.

I often find myself referencing an event as happening a year or two ago that actually . . .

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October 19, 2015

My Faults are Not My Fault

Note: This blog was originally posted on on May 26, 2011. I've been remarried now for over three years.

At any one time, I’m on at least one dating website. These days, I’m on only one. Well, I get a message from one gal with whom I had just started communicating that ended with the question, ‘What are your faults?’

Well, . . .

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October 10, 2015

Bending and Breaking Rules

In many ways, I’ve lived my life as the ‘good soldier’ and ‘faithful servant,' doing as I thought was the right thing.

If you’ve read a few of my blogs, you soon will get the feeling that I could get a lot of things to talk about from movies. Again today is one of my favorites, the 1999 movie, The Matrix. After some ten years, it still . . .

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September 23, 2015