The 50-year anniversary of San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” is drawing near. Yeah, I know them hippies. Memories, Fragments, and Traces flood our minds as we think back to where my generation, our generation found its voice. We had passion but we were deaf to wisdom in those days.
There is an arc to human development.
We start life completely helpless and rely on others for everything.
As we journey through childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood the scaffolding in our lives is gradually removed. At that point in the arc we become the scaffolding for others.
As we enter the the last stage of our life the scaffolding must gradually return and enable us along the journey.
What are the felt needs and gaps that await us forward? Can we begin to envision ways to meet those challenges? Can we innovate?
My generation is becoming invisible. Our culture has begun looking past us… whispering, “isn’t it time for you to retire?” Weary of our shadow GenX embraces the passing of the boomers only to find that now it is the generation behind them, the millennials, that is new pig passing through the snake. Continue reading “Invisible”
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
Much of the message of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” is an exhortation to die well. But the equally important message is to learn how to live well before you die. Morrie decided that he wanted his tombstone to say, “A Teacher to the Last” (Albom, Kindle Location 1421). His final project was to teach about life and death. And the lesson begins with understanding what is important. Continue reading “Learn How to Live Well Before You Die”
28 June 2016
I am not sure if anyone notices all those songs new and old about loving and leaving. Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias sing tributes to all the girls they have loved before, the ones that go in and out the door. Frank Sinatra frames his multiple very good years by all the women in his life. Continue reading “36”
“He’s an old hippie and he don’t know what to do. Should he hang on to the old? Should he grab on to the new?” David Bellamy.
My second son bounded down the stairs excited because he had just saved “$3000 dollars” on an engagement ring. I asked, “So how much did it cost?” He replied, “Only $4000 dollars.” Continue reading “Thoughts On Turning 60”
28 June 2015
I proposed to Kathy only 3 months after she noticed me on the UC Irvine campus. Four days after the proposal she said “Yes!” And we were married 6 months later. We married on a Rainy and Sunny day in Irvine, CA 35 years ago. Kathy wore a wedding dress which she made (with her mother’s help). The material cost $100 and required no bridal shop visits. Our wedding rings were matching silver bands with a sculpted Cross and Dove.