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      Musings-Lite No. 21

      It was true the last time I wrote it and it still is: "To paraphrase the saying, "My mind's mental junk drawer runneth over. So it's time again to publish another musings-lite." ### I'm not sure where or when but some way along the line I lost my youth. I can't quite recall where or when but I know it was after I turned 16. I guess even if I did find it, it wouldn't fit quite as well as...

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      No, they never can and never will

      A while back I mused about the movie Casablanca with its outstanding cast and, more importantly, about the love song that will always be associated with it – "As Time Goes By". With your forgiveness I want to carry that general topic forward for one more musing. I leave you to wonder for just a bit why I chose the title of this musing. I have being viewing a few old movies starring that great...

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      Golden Years - yea, right...

      I only claim to speak for myself in the following matter but I suspect I speak for many others as well. It is my firm belief that keeps me alive. It is my firm belief that one day I am going to run into whoever coined the words "Golden Years" to describe what life is like when we reach the not-so-pearly-gates of seniordom. When I do, I'm going to work that person over with a tire iron. Then to...

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      The Passing Of A Classmate - Again

      I sometimes am asked why I write these musings. There are various reasons based on the subject matter. One of those reasons is that in writing the musing it becomes a catharsis for me. It is what allows me to gather my emotions and collect my senses when the news is not good news. And so it is with this musing. You see, a dear, long-time friend and classmate, John David aka JD, passed away...

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      When words are inadequate

      I wrote the musing below some time ago; it's about someone I knew as a friend. The words in the musing came screaming back to mind as I read a recent email. The email was from a special friend whose husband has cancer. Her first email was to let me and others know that her husband was doing battle with the Big C. A subsequent email said the doctors performed surgery and felt they had rid him...

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      Happy birthday, Dad

      Although the years and decades have passed, youstill are my guiding light, Dad. Happy104th birthday. Always your son – John.

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      A Special Kind Of Love - Revisited

      There are times while reading a book that I envy a writer's insight and wisdom, and the author's ability to express it so profoundly and clearly. Sometimes it is just a phrase or a sentence that not only catches my eye, but also captures my mind. When they do, I often add them to a file of quotes I maintain on my laptop. One of those quotes came from a book I read many years ago. I used the...

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      These Dark Days Will End - revisited

      I wrote the following musing in February 2009 as we were in the throes of the great recession. It is interesting in reading this now, some six years later. As prophetic as it was then, the words still ring true for today. - John These Dark Days Will End If times are good for you, I have bad news. If times are bad, I have good news for you. Times are going to change. They always do. As...

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      So we must get down to earth at times

      "Here's looking at you, kid..." "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time..." "Here's looking at you, kid..." "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine..." "Round up the usual suspects..." "We'll always have Paris..." "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship..." If you are over sixty, and maybe under sixty, you know where...

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      A Graduation Day Keynote Speech- Again

      This is the graduation season. From grade schools to high school to college, those graduates are donning those caps and gowns. Given that, I thought it appropriate to rerun the following musing. *** Someone near and dear to me recently graduated as an RN. I proudly attended her graduation. Although it is called a pinning for nurses, it is still a graduation ceremony with all the elements...

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