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Breaking (in) the Code


I admit it: I can’t write code. I studied it a long time ago, back when computers weren’t portable and the Internet did not exist. But I dearly need a refresher course.

Why is knowing how to code important for me, and for everyone who expects to be employed at some point in the future? It’s because understanding the logic underlying code is fundamental to being a modern worker and citizen. Read More

Car dreams

Not everyone really loves cars, of course.  Young techies seem to prefer a combination of the latest tech devices, their dogs and their bicycles. Older people tend to view cars in a more utilitarian way, something that will get them to where they need to be, giving them mobility at an age when their parents might have been housebound. As for me, I grew up in a time of Corvettes and tail fins, endless chrome Read More

Attention to intentions

As I’ve been saying for a long time, we focus way too much on the negative aspects of growing old. When we do, we miss the point—which is that the quality of life is really all that matters, no matter what our chronological age. We spend our life aging, starting from birth.  The older we get the more important health, adequate finances, relationships, community and spirituality can become.  We must attend to these faithfully to Read More

Singing (the praises of) the blues

Given the current popularity of Dan Buettner’s Blue Zone Solutions for eating and living like the world’s healthiest people, I had to give it a try.  Buettner has traveled extensively, researching what the world’s longest-lived people have eaten over the past 100 years.  Then he builds on his key insight that lasting health is “more the result of our surroundings than our conscious choices.” I bought the book.  I read it.  I cooked. I began Read More

The Importance Of Being Away

I’m writing this from the mountain house of dear friends near Sewanee, Tennessee. This visit follows several days in Atlanta on business.  My wife met me there, and then we stopped in Andersonville and the FDR Warm Springs Little White House on the way up here. My wife and I love road trips together.  We have a destination, of course, but we also have a GPS, so seeing an interesting looking road and spontaneously taking Read More


I have to admit I took it badly.  Not for long but badly nonetheless.  You’d think I could simply test out of the emotional part of this.  After all, I’m a professional counselor, a psychology PhD, an author and expert on human behavior and adaptability. Wrong! What set this in motion was the shocking number of times I tipped over. Once, after turning around quickly in a walk-in closet.  (How is it that I can Read More

The Fallacy of the Boomer

I recently read yet another article about how Baby Boomers are changing retirement. Each time I see a story like that, I cringe. How likely is it that the situation and needs of someone born in 1946 are similar to someone born in 1964? We are actually a diverse bunch.  Take, for example, a recent party my wife and I threw at our house.  There were 20 guests, covering an age range of about 15 Read More

A Manifesto for The New Year

My older grandchildren (ages 10-16) continually intrigue me. They’re in the process of (re)discovering and (re)defining themselves. They’re trying on different roles and interests. They’re full of goals and ambitions and firsts as independent people. I think they are assembling a drawer full of options and preferences they can open and tap into or leave alone for the rest of their lives. My friends and colleagues (ages 50 to far beyond it) are intriguing me, Read More

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