For the International Day of Older Persons: My Reflection on Growing Older

I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. –Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differ … [Read more...]

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What’s the Value of a Man? Pope Francis Shares His Insights

What is the value of a man?Benjamin Franklin quipped that from the neck down, a man was worth a couple of dollars a day; but from the neck up, he was worth anything he could think of.As donated organs and parts, a human body might be worth several million dollars.Broken down into its constituent chemicals, it's worth only about $4.50. *     *     *     *     * Pope Francis has answered this question in his own way, in a message this morning to participants in the General Assembly of … [Read more...]

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On the International Day of Older Persons, a Love Story

Tuesday, October 1, is the International Day of Older Persons.  The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 45/106 on December 14, 1990.  The following year, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.This seasoned population of grey hairs will assume increasing prominence in the years to come; in only ten years there will be a billion old people on the planet—and the responsibility for their care will fall on the younger gen … [Read more...]

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