Years ago, I interviewed a 100-year-old man who lived to be 104. He wore thick glasses and walked with a cane, but his mind was sharp and his smile was warm.
“So!” he said emphatically. “You want to know how I got to be this old.” I’ll never forget his words, and he said them this way – almost verbatim: “One, I have two oatmeal cookies for breakfast. Two, I drink a glass of red wine with my dinner each night. Three, I enjoy a good cigar every now and then.”
Then he peered intently over his coffee mug to make sure I was paying attention. “The last is the most important: You should never get to the top of one mountain until you see the next one you want to climb.”
This blog site is my most recent ‘mountain.’
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Our writer’s group recently had a discussion about the lament, “I can’t.” We’ve all said it, but if it’s truly something we want, we usually do find a way to make it happen. Many people have been inspired to act boldly after being told something is impossible, or they aren’t capable, or no one has … Continue reading “Don’t ever say, “I can’t.””
– Quote from Audrey Hepburn In an earlier blog, I wrote about how important it is to be really specific about the things we want in life. I reiterated how I had always wanted to see Paris with someone I loved, and wound up going with my sister Andrea, which meant I DID get what … Continue reading ““Paris is always a good idea.””
A writer – or for that matter, any kind of artist – if s/he is lucky, may occasionally find himself in the throes of a creative power that is so enthralling and powerful that the words on paper, the brush on canvas, or the notes that fill the air take on an ethereal quality. I’ve … Continue reading “This is what ‘being in the flow’ looks like…”
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