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Public Discourse: Is Civility Dead?

Our public discourse today seems to have turned into a battle of bitter words. What has become of civility? Civility is one of my favorite words. It was drilled into me by an Anglican-raised grandmother and a political grandfather. He was a prominent senator in Ohio in the mid-20th Century. It wasn’t a matter of getting…

Thought Police: Losing Freedom of Speech
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Thought Police: Losing Freedom of Speech

I got to Japan ten years after World War II ended. It was when an armistice between the United Nations and North Korea had stopped fighting in the Korean Police Action. The Cold War was in its infancy and I was an intelligence analyst in the old Army Security Agency in what was then known…

You Are What You Drive
Senior Stories

Are You What You Drive? Take My Car

Years ago in California, I used to hear people say, “You are what you drive.” There was even a joke that went around about it. One Californian says to another, “I’ve got to go to the bathroom.” The other person replies, handing the first one his car keys, “Here, take my car” implying Californians drove…

Self-Driving Vehicles
Senior Stories

Self-Driving Vehicles: Who’s Driving?

If I asked you who was driving the truck you just passed on the Interstate where I live here in Florida would you be surprised if I told you it was self-driven? Don’t! Florida now allows self-driving trucks on its highways. Orlando is anticipating letting self-driving buses to operate on its city streets despite the…

Favorite Senior Hobbies - Senior Man Working in Workshop
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Favorite Senior Hobbies: Up in Smoke

We all should have a hobby to keep us from fading into oblivion in our sunset years. I have had two and they both seemed to show up in smoke recently when I discovered a “Revised and Updated Edition” of a book first published in 1942. Time to Retire? Find a Senior Hobby! Actually, it…

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