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Have you changed your mind lately?

There’s a reason I chose a picture of a carnation to go with this post. It reminds me how important it is, especially as we age, to be able to change our mind when appropriate… Obviously, there are times when changing our mind isn’t appropriate. I’m glad, for instance, that the British people refused to change their […]

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This wild, wonderful journey we call life

Aging has its downside, of course. Things go wrong. You wake up one day, like I did recently, and realize with horror and consternation that your sex drive has taken a tumble. It’s not quite what it used to be. What? A test shows that my testosterone level is only 101, when the normal range […]

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We never outgrow our need for courage

We never outgrow our need for courage. I’ve been privileged to find many new friends since I started my blog nearly four years ago and one of them is a brave, generous-hearted woman named Tess Marshall. Tess helps people overcome their fear. As founder of The Bold Life, she has created an interactive online course […]

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Finding our way when we lose our way

Life pulled the rug out from beneath Holly, a 4-year-old tortoiseshell cat, when she managed to get separated from her owners in early November at an RV rally in Daytona Beach, Florida. Holly was lost, alone and 200 miles from her home in West Palm Beach. But as the New York Times reported, she found her way […]

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You are loved

You are loved. Young or old, rich or poor, whatever your circumstances or your nationality, and regardless of whether you are religious or not – you are loved. Regardless of your foibles, you are loved. I say this with some confidence because none of my own foibles has succeeded in changing the unchanging nature of […]

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Wishing you a Peaceful New Year

   I don’t know of anything more important than a peaceful mind and heart. Peace isn’t boring. It’s a catalyst that makes possible greater depth and color. Greater meaning. Some years back, before we married, JoAnn and I visited a friend named Grant in Arizona. He’s a clinical psychologist. It was a fun visit. One day, besides showing us around some local […]

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Be still

“All I have to do is to be still.” I wonder how many times I have said those words to myself. They are words that never fail to bring me comfort and assurance that the next step, whatever it may be, will surely reveal itself at the appropriate time. It’s the only way I know […]

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“Aging into Bliss” is now available

I’m happy – very happy – to announce the release of my book, Aging into Bliss: Discovering the Wisdom and Joy of Your Timeless Nature.. In many ways the book sums up what I have learned – and continue to learn – since as a teen-ager in post-war Britain I became aware of a strange, […]

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A dream come true

It’s my deep pleasure to let you know I’ve finally finished my book, Aging into Bliss: Discovering the Wisdom and Joy of Your Timeless Nature. It’s the birth of a book and the birth of a dream. I will release the book early next week, which hopefully will give my “baby” a chance to show how […]

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The joy of a “victory in place”

You are not alone in this world even though you may sometimes think you are. You have allies both visible and invisible who will give you the guidance and support you need and help you achieve your dreams. Two of these allies are persistence and flexibility. I want to write about them and honor them in this post […]

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Never stop growing and changing

Life has a law we need to follow if we want to age with wisdom and joy. The law reads like this: “Never stop changing and growing.” The trouble is we are sometimes tempted to ignore this law in favor of the supposed comfort of the “status quo.” This is what I notice in myself, […]

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What will guide your vote?

I’m not quite sure why I feel so passionately engaged in the election now nearing its conclusion here in the United States. After all, I’m not a citizen of this country. I was born in Great Britain, and lived most of my life in Canada, until I moved to Colorado to marry a wonderful woman named […]

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10 thoughts about bliss to ponder

Bliss is a way of describing your boundless nature, unconquerable and free, unchanged by outer events. It is another name for God. Bliss is balance and balance is bliss. Many things in this world promise happiness. But the question you need to ask yourself is whether they can deliver lasting happiness? The cool thing about bliss is […]

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Be still and know

I’ve discovered in my own life, through hard lessons sometimes, that wisdom is always present with us. It’s always available. Not the wisdom that comes from books, though that can be helpful. And not the wisdom that may be articulated by others, though we may be grateful for that too. What I want to honor here is […]

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One step at a time

One of the most important lessons you can ever learn is this. One step at a time. It’s a lesson that will bring you through almost anything. It doesn’t really matter how big or challenging a situation may seem to be. There is always a baby step you can take that will generate some momentum […]

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