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Thoughts on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

As I reflect on our memorial of the terrorist attacks of 2001, I remember the special service at Grace Episcopal in Topeka on the tenth anniversary of the attack. Father Lipscomb invited a Jewish and Muslim congregations along with a rabbi and an imam to collectively remember that day. His remarks resonated with me, and

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Dealing With Your Elders

Published on July 22, 2014 by in Words of Wisdom

Several weeks ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts addressed to my aging peers. You can read the most popular one here. Today I want to address aging from a different perspective: The attitudes and actions of others toward us, your aging friends and family. This will undoubtedly be a rant. Never, never, never refer to anyone as so many

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10 Things to Remember When Everything Seems to Go Wrong

Published on March 3, 2014 by in Words of Wisdom

Sometimes you run across something that is so well put, you couldn’t have said it better yourself. That is the case with the recent post post by Paul Hudson. It is so important, and so beautifully said, that I’m just going to post the link here. You really need to read it. Thank you Paul.

 
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On Aging Part Four: More on Learning

“How did it go?” I asked. “I had a blast!” She replied This as my wife, Rebecca, returned from her piano lesson. She has played the piano almost all of her life, and I will never forget her playing Unchained Melody after our wedding. But she was getting bored. She had made some of the

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On Aging: Part Three

This is the third in a series of blogs about aging. In the first two I encouraged so called aging people to acknowldge their age with pride and to keep their focus forward. Today I want to talk about the third way we can avoid being “old” by emulating youth: Keep learning. Think about children,

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On Aging: Part Two

This is the second installment of my thoughts and observations about aging. In the first, which I cleverly titled “On Aging: Part One,” I acknowledged that I am 73 years old, have survived all sorts of health problems and, although retired, stay very busy with a variety of activities. I suggested that the best way

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On Aging: Part One

As I write this I am 73 years old. I have survived three types of cancer, a heart attack, and a knee replacement. I am working as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am currently appearing in a play at

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The Difference Between Failing and Being a Failure

I was living in Texas when O.A. Bum Phillips was the coach of the Houston Oilers. We were big fans. This week Bum Phillips died and I was reminded once again of how much we enjoyed his homespun wisdom. I googled Bum Phillips Quotes and ran across this bit of pure wisdom: “You fail all

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Live and Learn

Published on May 17, 2013 by in Words of Wisdom

Ah life’s little adventures. Three weeks ago, on May 8, I gave in to a childhood dream and traded my little pickup for a bright yellow 2001 Ford Mustang Convertible. Someone suggested it must be a midlife crisis. Ha! If this is a midlife crisis, I’m going to live to be 140 something. No it’s

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Objective and Outcome

What is the objective? What is the expected outcome? Objective and outcome; two of the most important concepts in training, are also important in everyday conversation. I was recently talking to an acquaintance, who was greatly exaggerating everything he said. As a matter of fact, I suspect this young man lives in a Walter Mitty

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