Category Archives: Reflections – The Odyssey

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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IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL

Allow me to make some disjointed and rambling comments on how our world is shrinking. Our global interconnectedness is truly miraculous and far exceeds the wildest dreams of my childhood. In the era of sailing ships intercontinental messages would take … Continue reading

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THEY FLASH ACROSS THE INNER EYE

Some quotations seem to choose us. Surreptitiously they slink into to the memory and remain without apparent effort to retain them. Most likely they glom on to something important in the unconscious. For me, a poem by Wordsworth represents such … Continue reading

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THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU

I recently shared some of my musings about the corrosive effects of hatred upon the individual and upon society. A person consumed with hatred is rarely happy. This led me thinking about happiness. A great number of my patients expressed … Continue reading

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FOOTSTEPS ON THE SANDS OF TIME

Each of us have a myriad of stories to tell. Most stories are fascinating to the one sharing his experiences. They represent little nuggets of past memories. Yet, they might have little interest or value to anyone except the narrator. … Continue reading

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THE FAR SENESCENT SHORES

Previously I wrote of the feelings of freedom I experienced during a summer devoid of responsibility. Until the time of my retirement much of my life was burdened by duty. Like most children of the great depression I was preoccupied … Continue reading

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DULCE ET DECORUM EST- I

I was raised in the aftermath of World War I. The events of that conflagration were still fresh in the minds of my elders. As kids, we would listen to the yarns my uncle and my dad spun about their … Continue reading

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HOME OF THE FREE

My inner eye still envisions miles of open fields, connected to the outside world by a gravel road. There, we roamed along the railroad tracks, played in the woods and along a stream we  called mud crick. On that small … Continue reading

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DELINQUENT PARENTS

I was abused by my parents!  They never enrolled me in cotillion, paid for sports lessons, sent me to summer camp or boy scouts nor acquired special tutoring. Due to the depression, I was compelled to wear cast down clothing … Continue reading

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