Author Archives: Octogenarian

MASTER OF MY SOUL

An eerie silence has descended upon our house. For several days six children, six adults, two dogs and a cat have been compressed into limited living quarters. Chaos has reined supreme. Now the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season … Continue reading

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WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE

I just spoke to someone who actually left sunny Southern California to take a midwinter vacation above the Arctic circle. As a psychiatrist I can assure you that she is not certifiably crazy for making such a decision. She is … Continue reading

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FRIENDSHIP

This morning I had breakfast with an unusual group of men. For more than forty years some of us have been getting together on a regular basis. Most of the participants have doctorates in various disciplines ranging from theology to … Continue reading

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WHAT OF THE FUTURE?

I am writing these words with a caveat. They are the comments and musings of a very old man. From time immemorial, old men have expressed their fears of the future and tend to believe that the world is going … Continue reading

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HAPPY YULE TIDE

I calculated that I have celebrated almost six hundred official holidays during the course of my life. Many were joyous. Others were less so. Even though Christmas time in our family has generally been warm and wonderful, specific recollection about … Continue reading

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REFLECTED GLORY

According to biblical cosmology, God created a greater light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night. He also created smaller lights which he called the stars. Perhaps we could analogize this hierarchy of lights to … Continue reading

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TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY

Ho! Ho! Ho! as the fat man would say. Our family formally launched the celebration of the holiday season. To accomplish this task we staged a small gathering to decorate the Christmas tree. I assumed the most difficult task in … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE?

As an adolescent my parents immersed me in the old time gospel religion. I’m grateful that memorization of scripture was a part of my indoctrination. To this date I am able to dredge from my memory biblical verses (often contradictory) … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN LIFE DIED

In my previous blog post I made a number of comments about recent history and the holocaust. I suggested that much effort is being expended to keep the holocaust memories alive versus allowing them to fade into the dust bin … Continue reading

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SHOA

I just celebrated my eighty ninth birthday. Upon reflection I realized that I have lived through much of the most momentous century in history. I also realized that Abraham Lincoln was right when he stated that the world will little … Continue reading

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