Tag: aging

  • Do You Have a Purpose in Life?

    GO AND DO LIKEWISE My daughter Facetimed me yesterday about a problem in her Washington, DC apartment. The ants had returned. She hates any kind of insect or bug, so this is a big deal. The line of little marching invaders made its way to the cat food area. She then sprayed (pet-safe) insecticide on […]

  • Trying To Outlive Our Felines

    We all lose cats, but that shouldn’t stop us from loving more of them We are going to lose our wonderful little tuxedo twins soon. Sad? Not too much. They’re not dying — they’re just going to move away with our adult son. It’s a personal dilemma. I’ve fallen in love with Bella, and Mal […]

  • At Our Age, An Important Warning

    Falling is a serious matter for us elders. The other day we met a woman in the elevator and we compared canes. I have a new one constructed to support my forearm and recommended it to her. She had a regular one but declared she never goes anywhere without it. I commented that my main […]

  • The Saga of the Malfunctioning Refrigerator

    First world problem: Even when you have a sub-zero balcony, food is not that accessible Right around Christmas time, with various food and meal preparations happening, our fridge started leaking water from the freezer into the drawers and bottom of the main storage area. At first, my attitude was “Who cares?” My grocery-buyer spouse disagreed. […]

  • Downsizing is a Young Person’s Game

    Unless you have a youthful spouse and a couple of willing teens, don’t do it “Where in the world did we get all this stuff and why?” We’ve asked ourselves this question many times since moving became necessary, four times. If you have ever downsized, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, beware. […]

  • Reflections For Father’s Day 2020

    Remembering my dad after his death 50 years ago My father died in 1968, sitting in his recliner, popping M & M candy, and watching TV. These days I am doing pretty much the same thing he was at the end, except my sugar of choice is Famous Amos cookies. He and I also share […]

  • There Are No Winners In The Race Against Time

    …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” A few weeks ago, when I was feeling morose, I said to my wife, “I feel my time is running out.” To which she responded, “Oh boo, it is for all of us.” I knew my preacher spouse is profound, every Sunday I […]

  • A Letter to My 90-Year-Old Self

    Right now will be my ‘distant’ past in 10 years; how will I feel about it? Dear Much Older Warren: If you are reading this, you made it! Even so, you will recall there were many times it didn’t seem to be happening. Remember COVID-19, when hibernation switched from pleasant to burdensome? It was a […]

  • On Being 80 in the Time of Coronavirus

    Sheltering at home is easier at my age but the challenge is other people. Over the last year, because of surgeries, I have had to stay home, often confined to my recliner. So, this pandemic hasn’t caused me to change my daily routine that much. What it has done is demand a new perspective, or […]

  • No More Skipping Downstairs

    When even walking is a challenge, chasing suspects through ancient cities, up and down ladders, and across rooftops is, well…, impossible I  love to watch detective and spy thrillers. Perhaps it is a subconscious desire to be one of those martial arts experts who can run at top speed, up and down stairways, jumping across […]