In my last post, Retirement 101, I emphasized the need to make a smooth transition to Retirement and the importance of waking up each morning with a purpose. In this post, Retirement 102, I’d like to expand on that idea and urge you to take time to reflect on the “benefits” of retirement and the … Continue reading Retirement 102
Earlier this year, a good friend of mine retired. Having made that same decision four years ago, I called to offer, at no charge, my unsolicited, been-there-done-that advice as his retirement adviser. I thought I heard an appreciative response on the other end of the phone. Or was it a skeptical chuckle? Regardless, I proceeded … Continue reading Retirement 101
Political commentary is not my thing. I have intentionally avoided blogging about politically charged topics with one or two exceptions. “Potty Talk” (October 3, 2018) and “Make America Good Again?” (February 8, 2019) both spoke to the nastiness that pervades our political dialogue. Today, however, I cannot resist the opportunity to do so again, but … Continue reading Praying for the President
Growing up in suburban Atlanta in the 1950s and 1960s, I recall how every Friday of each Spring, my family avoided eating out at a nearby fish restaurant (Rio Vista). I was told it was because Catholics ate fish on Fridays due to something called Lent. And Rio Vista was always crowded on Fridays. When … Continue reading It’s Lent But Easter’s Coming!
Reading a recent Facebook post of a cousin prompted me to ponder the virtue of gratitude. Is it a cause or an effect? My cousin was grateful for surviving a narrow escape from death after a frightening encounter with an errant dump truck. Gratitude was most definitely the result of her near-miss death experience. Her … Continue reading Gratitude: Cause or Effect?
Now, for the first time on TheBuddyBlog.com is an updated version of one of my most popular Reflections, Grandfather Therapy. Since first published, the number of my grandchildren has doubled. So have the therapy sessions. So have the lessons learned. I have concluded that grandchildren, or at the very least, the nine who call me … Continue reading Grandfather Therapy
The search is over. I found it. I bought it. I brought it home. My library is complete. Recently, I was able to meet, for the first time, Runelle and Ruth, first cousins of my mother. We had reconnected through email and decided to meet and exchange memories and pictures of our common ancestors. I … Continue reading Daisy Grace, Louis L’Amour and Fried Chicken Fridays
“I have a question for you.” That’s a sentence I hear a lot…from my wife. While we dated, it was an expected comment as we both sought to grow in our relationship and get to know each other. Now, as a married couple, it is often how she seeks to get my thoughts or opinions … Continue reading What Do Husbands Want for Valentine’s Day?
One of the most visual symbols of the current President is his red hat emblazoned with the letters MAGA, for Make America Great Again. It is a hat worn by those who support him and mocked by those who disdain him. Who thought a hat would become a lightning rod for confrontation? One only has … Continue reading Make America Good Again?
Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day when tradition holds that if a groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow and we will have six more weeks of Winter. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, saw his shadow this morning, so springtime in the North may be delayed. Yet his Southern cousin, General … Continue reading Groundhog Morality