Times they are a Changing

Our first grandchild is about to spread her wings and leave for her first semester in college. Fifty eight years ago, I did the same.  I couldn’t help but compare the excitement and anxiety she’s feeling with those I had so long ago.  The anticipation is similar. From experience, I know that life for her and her…

The Revenge of the Firefly Squid

Firefly squid.  Just think how much fun life could be if your first name was “Firefly.”  Firefly Vapnek sounds very interesting, don’t you think?  I think the name “Firefly”initially influenced how I felt about eating these small creatures.  Fireflies are beautiful; to be caught, enjoyed and valued as a seasonal treat. I’d never heard of firefly…

Rediscovering Spring

Each year of my life I rediscover Spring.The insane energy of it.
The intoxicating scent of it.
The seductive beauty of it.

The wonder and exuberance of it.

and the seasons they go round and round.

“After Halloween it’s a downhill slide to the holidays.”  I’ve said that for years.  Now, I can add, after turning 70, it’s a downhill slide to 75.  These days, I’ve become more preoccupied with the 3/4 century mark. This decade of my life is just going too damn fast. I’m now making some accomodations for my…

Is That All There Is???

Peggy Lee’s bittersweet recording of Is That All There Is? could be a soundtrack for life.


Questioning the tyranny of trying to remain forever young in appearance .


You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.    Abraham Lincoln You can easily fool yourself about the fact that you’re aging in appearance.  For a while.   I did it for many years.   Today, there…

BIG Birthdays

Reasons not to be coy about your age! Celebrate, don’t hesitate when it comes to any birthday.

Self – Awareness at 70+

Aging is sometimes a baffling experience and sometimes a liberating one. It’s a time of physical and emotional change. In this blog, I look at the welcome changes and the not-so-welcome changes that accompany this period in life.