Simplicity & Technology

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It was the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s. We were kids, and the way we communicated with each other was by talking or by writing a letter. Letters were pretty much reserved for birthday and Christmas thank you notes. 99% of our entertainment was from playing – playing outside with our siblings and our neighborhood friends – and in …

Lewis and Clarke

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With all of the Benjamin Cory Elementary School posting on Facebook, I thought I should bring up one of my earliest friends, that is still one of my very best friends, Clarke Blauer.  Clarke lived on  Bel Air Ave and went to Cory and might have gone to Hoover in 7th, but his mom remarried and he moved to Kensington …

Inspect What You Expect

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  I was twelve, maybe close to thirteen.  I was in the Boy Scouts with my friend Clarke, and it was probably the only sane thing going on in my life at the time.  I was charged with making a flag.  In any other household it would have become an event numerous members would want to help with.  At my …

Can We Get You A Wheelchair SIR?

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Today I had to drive 90 miles to Stanford Hospital to get some blood work tests done for my visit with the oncology doctor next Wednesday. I called to verify that the lab would be open on Saturday and was assured that it would be. When I got to the hospital it was drizzling rain and I was dismayed to …

Reach Out, You Might Find Out

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Do you often wonder what happened to that person that was so important in your life when you were 8, or 11, or 13, or 17? I do. I was disturbed a few weeks ago. I had been somewhat looking for an old friend I had gone from Cub Scouts to college with and had lost contact with him. I …

Living With Cancer Update

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I made the trip back to Stanford Cancer Clinic a few weeks ago and to my surprise, they were much more upbeat than I was. They said, yes, the PSA is slightly elevated at 0.4, but they are not going to do anything about it until it gets to somewhere between 1.5 and 2.0. I asked them if they could …

My First Music Compositions. If And When and Ghost In A Red Cadillac.

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A while ago I reconnected with an old friend who is writing a novel. Within the novel she has written lyrics to some songs. In my infinite “whatever” I volunteered to attempt to write some music for those lyrics. Having never formally composed music in my life, this was a bold step for me, but why not? As it turns …

Living With Cancer – Turning a Frown Upside Down

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On Thursday I drove ninety miles to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California to get blood work done to see if the hormone therapy I was on for a year had worked in curing my prostate cancer. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April of 2013. It was discovered because my PSA level, tested during a yearly physical exam, …

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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I have lived with suicide aftermath for 61 of my 65 years of life. My grandfather, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, took his own life in 1954. When I was 13 years old, my father committed suicide the evening of May 13, 1963. We found out the next morning, my mother’s birthday, when a police officer came to the door. …