public discourse civility
Senior Stories

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…

Senior Dater
Romance Senior Stories

Senior Dater: 5 Things You Should NEVER Do

Senior dating is…well, it’s different from dating when we were younger and met someone in person. IRL, in real life, is the acronym used nowadays. I’m offering up a few pointers to new daters and the date-weary. Online dating is not for the tender, but then neither is getting older. 1. Never take online dating…

Thought Police: Losing Freedom of Speech
Political Senior Stories Technology

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…

A View from the Bleachers
Senior Stories

A View from the Bleachers: the Sport of Life

First, let me explain. This has nothing to do with sports, either as a spectator or as a participant. On second thought, it has all to do with sport: the sport of life. As I sat on a bench overlooking the beach the other day, it dawned on me. Right before my eyes were young…

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…

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