Getting Older Together: Aging in America

Getting Older Together: Aging in America Well that’s the topic of this blog. Getting older or, put more succinctly, aging. Seven months ago, The New York Times devoted its entire Sunday editorial section to the subject. Titled “An Aging America Needs an Honest Conversation about Growing Old” (see lead photo), it describes our current situation…

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Horror in Alabama: New Method to Execute a Prisoner

Horror in Alabama: New Method to Execute a Prisoner The account last month of the execution of Kenneth Smith in an Alabama prison by the use of nitrogen hyposia brought back a wave of memories for me. So let me say this up front right now: If you are a strong supporter of the death…

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Two Stories in the Midst of Conflict: Both are True

Two Stories in the Midst of Conflict: Both are True The lead editorial in The Christian Century’s December 2023 issue is titled, “Bearing witness to multiple stories: Israelis and Palestinians alike are traumatized people who love the land and deserve to live there in peace.” (See lead photo.) The title caught my eye because I…

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I Want to Live

I Want to Live David and I were watching PBS NewsHour the evening of Nov. 1 and I happened to be out in the kitchen when David called: “You have to see this!” We save the news and he was replaying an interview that Judy Woodruff had just completed with Daniel Doctoroff. (See lead photo.)…

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Redemption is Always Possible

Redemption is Always Possible I have been accused occasionally of being a “softie” — trusting folks, being naive and not street smart, seeing the best in others. (In my defense, I’d say that’s not too bad for a clergy person!) And I could go on: years being against the death penalty because of the endemic…

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The Epidemic of Loneliness

The Epidemic of Loneliness Apparently, loneliness is now considered an “epidemic” — at least in the news and in scientific reports. So this state is on my mind — but let me make it very clear that I am not lonely. No, in fact just the opposite. My life is blessed with friends and family,…

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We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together This past week I went to one of my favorite mountain destinations south of Charlottesville, Virginia: Wintergreen Resort on top of Afton Mountain. Filled with skiers in wintertime … but in the summer, you name it! Hiking, tennis, swimming, ziplining … and, of course, lots of restaurants to enjoy up…

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Solving Problems by Walking … or, Here’s Another Idea

Solving Problems by Walking … or, Here’s Another Idea A few weeks back, another op-ed piece appeared in The New York Times that caught my eye. Andrew McCarthy wrote “Whatever the Problem, It’s Probably Solved by Walking” (March 26, 2023). I know, I know: I’ve blogged about walking before, but as I’ve said, David and…

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Looking for Paradise

Looking for Paradise The name of an old friend, Pico Iyer, appeared in the byline of an op-ed titled “The Trouble With Paradise” in the Sunday, Jan. 15 edition of The New York Times. Not actually a personal friend, Iyer is someone who inspired me greatly in a book he published a few years back:…

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