“Spreading your wings” in a confusing world
James Hurd November, 2015
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New blog article: Retirement surprises
Time’s clock hurls us all on a one-way life ticket, and when you reach retirement, you can’t rewind. You find yourself still busy, but different busy.
Your employer no longer tells you what to do. But your partner—loving and kind—brims with fresh ideas to fill your days, and believes that now that you’ve retired, you should be working on becoming a Better Person. This apparently includes such things as exercising, controlling your weight, maturing spiritually, spending more time with the grandkids, and significantly, taking a greater role in kitchen and housework.
From our first date, Barbara and I never talked about division of labors, so on our honeymoon I began to prepare breakfast… Read more here: https://jimhurd.com/2015/11/23/retirement-surprises
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Books and Film reviews
William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Collins, 2006). A marvelous little book, written by the master. Easily read and understood. How to describe persons and places, the memoir, fear, confidence, your audience. He gives you confidence that you indeed can write.
War and Peace. 1956. 208 minutes. This is the classic Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda version about Napoleon’s siege of Moscow and his disastrous retreat after he captured it. There’s a newer War and Peace done in 2007.
♫ Murder, considered a crime when people commit it singly, is transformed into a virtue when they do it en masse. Cyprian, 3rd African Bishop
♫ We put our best foot forward, but it’s the other one that needs the attention. William Sloan Coffin
♫ Only half the lies people tell about me are true. Yogi Berra
♫ You should be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
♫ A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction. Leo Tolstoy
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