Tag Archives: getting older

Playing Records in the Basement

The Righteous Brothers had lost that loving feeling, the Beatles needed somebody (not just anybody), and the Rolling Stones could get no satisfaction. Such emotions were still abstract to me, but it was 1965, and we were playing records in the basement … Continue reading

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Status Report

One day when I thought I was more or less fine, a feeling of sadness came over me, a sadness so big it might swallow me up, and an unabiding loneliness. The sadness was familiar, but the loneliness was odd, because … Continue reading

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The Immensity

I have often felt there is a lack of ceremony in my life, that rites of passage to mark transitions are missing. Difficult events exert their crushing weight without the emotional release some kind of ritual might have provided, and the … Continue reading

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My sixty-fifth birthday yesterday surprised me by being wonderful, ranking right up there with my tenth and thirty-fifth as a favorite. I felt loved and indulged, and I gave myself a break from analyzing whether or not I deserved it. … Continue reading

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