Toodle Loo

Resist Resisting Life is in perpetual change. Often the comforts of the NOW stimulate uncertainty-discomfort-adjustment to facing the NEW. However that willingness to go forward is a fundamental driver so inherent in one’s deeper self. As the “next” chapter’s pages unfold they, so often, create the wonder, the beauty, the delicious prospect of sweetening the pallet with the fresh taste ... Read More »

Neil Diamond

Touching Hands Two words anchored in the musical gifts of Neil Diamond which induced an audience full of strangers to lift their arms high and–touch hands. Supping with pals I was angled to see a couple at the next table weave their fingers in tender touch as they sipped wine together. Their touching fingers moved ever so tenderly as their ... Read More »

Legacy

The Wednesday morning Cape Cod pals have been meeting for discussion and breakfast for several decades. Mix of former surgeons–chief medical officer of hospital–chemist/owner of test lab and PHD/entrepreneur launcher of wide variety of successful businesses. The group chat begins at 6:30 a.m. in the entrepreneur’s business office, which overflows with huge piles of varied items. When gently accused of being ... Read More »

Hospice Room 2

When Norma arrived at hospice to visit her beloved sister, Marian, she found the staff welcoming–the facility sparkling–the atmosphere warm. When she gave Marian’s name, she was guided to Room 2. When she stepped into the room, the nurse attendant hugged her and said she would step aside to allow Norma private time with Marian. This was the first time Norma ... Read More »

Jewel Pals

Local Cape Cod Times columnist, Lawrence Brown, wrote an uplifting and thoughtful column a few weeks back, which led to this blog post about “jewel pals.” I reacted with an email compliment. He responded with suggestion we sip a coffee together. We did. Then we set couples supper to find a sweet compatibility. He and his wife are both fascinating “thinkers,” articulate, informed, ... Read More »

“Y” in Family

For the past 4 days, Dianne and I gathered up our families on Cape Cod. Some 30 lovelies adjusted to 26 due to 1 precious grand enduring arm cuts which impeded travel. Wandering among them at ocean, beach, picnic, salt water swim, play and sand ventures; a robust Pig Roast; whale watch 4 hour cruise (saw 35 of those handsome ... Read More »

Choosing Joy

His bubbling charmer of a mom, a pal since 3rd grade of my wife, Dianne. Real pals. Real longevity. Real sharing of hills and valleys of life. Judy’s greatest joy was her Hollywood handsome son. More than the apple of her eye, he was the anchor of her life. That life changed immeasurably–as did his–when the dark night phone call advised ... Read More »

Slice of Pizza

Saliva streams as casual supper host flipped open the boxes with luscious variety of still hot pizzas: extra cheese/sausage/diced black olives and peppers colorfully resting on razor thin pepperoni. The extravagance of variety assured more than just a slice of pizza. Hostess chopped accompanying fresh salad standing in full bowl abundance as the squadron of dressings sought favor. Plates overflowing, ... Read More »

Paul Anka

Paul Anka’s “My Way” At age 75, Paul Anka’s performance at the Cape Cod Melody Tent was a treasure to the ears. Spectacular choreographed videos framed the tent walls, embracing an impressive variety of major stars he wrote songs for. Starting from age 13, as Paul learned piano and guitar, he just kept on keeping on as magic flowed from his ... Read More »

Beatles Salute

Las Vegas. The cavernous stage of Cirque du Soleil was a kaleidoscope of creativity in a mesmerizing salute to the Beatles. The entire audience seemed whisked back to childhood when every color, shape, shade of light, elastic-limbed acrobat and photo cluster of the young Beatles moved as one in a series of WOW moments. When one asks what affirms the ... Read More »