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"Until he outran running itself and the sure life of the spirit, moving and not moving, carried on, yes, carried on into the glow that smiles upon birth and death alike. That smiles upon the entire stir-fry of existence." 

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March 24, 2015

Living To Be 101

Everyone has at least one thing in common: we are all aging. Even those adorable babies you see cradled in a backpack close to Mom or Dad’s chest are probably aging faster than any of us as biology races to make them fit for living in the world. Yesterday I saw one of those beautiful … + read more

February 16, 2015

Is Punctuation Dead?

For it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep; the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe- should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.  William Stafford   It is an irony of the digital age we live in, or that is living us, … + read more

January 29, 2015

Why Football?

Football. The American passion. Love it or hate it, the game defines our national psyche in some mighty big ways, and this time of year is punctuated by the high ritual of Super Bowl Sunday. I grew up in Ohio in the 50’s completely in love with football and the thrill of watching the great … + read more

January 11, 2015

The Evolution of the Thumb

Something strange is going on with the thumb. If you have kids, or are around them at all, you have no doubt seen their thumbs tap dancing over the smallish smart phone keyboards like Fred Astaire on steroids — man they are flying! Look at how ambidextrous they are, how synchronized! While I peck away … + read more

January 7, 2015

Philz Blog is Back!

Thanks to my good friend Jill for inspiring me to return to blogging after a hiatus of nearly eight months. Jill wrote to me that she missed reading Philz blog and that was music to my ears. Her comment was timely in that I had been missing writing to you and was entertaining some ideas … + read more

December 30, 2013

Philz End Of The Year Blog

Hello dear friends and a hearty season’s greetings to you. It has been a remarkable year for me and I hope the same is true for you. As seems to be the norm at this age, we were visited by the shadow of death and lost our dear friend and neighbor, Jack. He blew his … + read more

August 26, 2013

The Sky Is Falling

Look out! The sky is falling! Chicken Little was right, truly! I was out walking the dog this morning and I saw and heard it with my own eyes and ears. The sky fell and struck me right on the top of my head! Kerplunk. Look out, Henny Penny, the sky is falling! But Henny … + read more

August 16, 2013

The Only Thing to Fear

This morning I did twenty-three pushups. Two weeks ago I could barely do three. I’m lying. Two weeks ago I lowered my chest to the floor, strained to lift myself up and collapsed in a puddle of self-deprecating laughter. The dog lifted his head, looked me in the eye and then averted his gaze: merciful … + read more

July 6, 2013

Freedom, Song of the Soul

Let’s hear it for traffic jams! That’s right, you heard me, traffic jams, because without the mother of all traffic jams in upstate New York in the summer of 1969 we might not have ever experienced Richie Havens singing “Freedom” for his final encore as the opening act of Woodstock. Mr. Havens was scheduled to … + read more

June 10, 2013

“Respect” and Ms. Aretha Franklin (Just a little bit)

Aretha. Say no more, her name is synonymous with Soul: she is the Queen. Long live, the Queen, who travelled from Memphis to Motown to a presidential inauguration representing the passion and grace of soul music for her many fans. She brought us these great hits, “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “Ain’t No Way,” … + read more



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