Archive for December 2014

Old soldiers never die; they just go back to work

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland. Ron Edwards may not have nine lives, but he sure challenges the observation ofGeneral Douglas MacArthur who said before the US Congress in 1951 that “Old soldiersnever die; they just fade away.” Instead of fading away after spending more than 20 years…

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A vigil is a good time to reflect on life’s transitions

Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland. The vigil. It began 12 days ago when we received a phone call from family friends who’ve retired in Florida.  They had stopped by to visit my mother, known to her friends as Ginny.  Ginny  is “97 and three-fourths” – her words…

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