Observe with Passion

  I’ve not read Mary Oliver’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems American Primitive. Ms. Oliver is often compared to Emily Dickinson and her work frequently focuses on the natural world. In 2016, I read her collection of essays Upstream in which she reflects on her willingness to lose herself within the beauty and …

To Be Like Stan “the Man” Lee

Iconic storyteller and illustrator Stan “the Man” Lee died last week a following a lifetime of living life fully for nearly 96 years.  I’ve been thinking a lot about Stan “the Man” … Like most young boys in the 50’s, I read comic books.  While Superman was probably my favorite, I became a fan of …

Who Will Take Care of My Dog

I turned 69-years old last September and find myself asking more frequently, “What have I left to do in this throw-away society where relationships and friendships don’t count as much as they used to?”  I am ready to check out.  There is nothing left for me to do.  I enjoy the sound of the river …

“Thank You for Your Service”

“Thank you for your service” is a popular greeting when people learn that you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.  I do not recall that greeting in the 60’s and 70’s when soldiers returned from Viet Nam.  Times change.  Attitudes change… sometimes for the better, other times… As a member of the now-defunct …