Paul’s Perambulations

April 12, 2016

Sexuality and Aging

Filed under: General — admin @ 9:40 pm

Is Senior Sex an oxymoron?  Not at all, although naturally there are some changes in sexuality associated with aging.   Changes can be (more…)

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 1621– A harvest celebration of new military allies

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The fall feast was sometime in late September or early October, with about one hundred of Massasoit’s Indians and less than half that number of English who had survived the previous disease-filled winter. It affirmed a recent peace treaty (more…)

July 21, 2013

OUR MOVE – SIMPLICITY and its relationship to possessions, memory, freedom and the future.

Filed under: Family,General — admin @ 9:15 pm

A post about moving and downsizing may seem mundane to readers, but our recent move to Media has been a mindful testimony of my attempt to transition to living a simpler life.  (more…)

June 2, 2012

Quehanna Trail — “backpacking wonderland” or FRACKING “…that endangered life and property.”

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We’ll be on the Quehanna Trail in the Moshannon Strate Forest in three days. Described in Backpacking Pennsylvania (Mitchell) thusly – “This region epitomizes expansive isolation with deep forests, wetlands, beautiful streams, open meadows, and scenic glens…This is a backpacking wonderland.”  BUT… (more…)

March 15, 2012

In return for enough money, we’ll name a building or program after you or your family.

Filed under: General,Politics — admin @ 12:38 pm

I have an issue with these feel good ceremonies for naming buildings and programs after wonderful wealthy donors. I’d be okay to name buildings and academic chairs after truly exceptional people, as role models. But giving a large sum of money does not put you in that category, even when you are a very nice person (more…)

March 10, 2012

Informing my family that I have met someone — Fran. (Our meeting is described elsewhere on this blog.)

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I called my older sister in Connecticut in late June 2002 because I always visit family in New England in August and needed to prepare her well in advance that a friend would likely be joining us. My sister is very cautious/traditional in this area, and also protective of me; it would require a delicate touch. (more…)

November 5, 2011

Oops, you’re dead. Then what?

Filed under: Education,General — admin @ 10:48 pm

With the development of civilization and technology, simple burial evolved into elaborate burial with embalming for apparent preservation.  Folks in the U.S. today often think it more appropriate to opt for cremation by a crematorium.  But cremation requires high temperatures for an extended period, consuming much energy that is increasingly in short supply on this planet. So maybe we should go back to simple. Fran says she wants a shroud burial and be eaten by the worms and recycled, as opposed to consuming excessive energy or lying around useless while you decay slowly and take up precious space.

November 3, 2011

March to the White House for GMO Right to Know

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Fran and I spent Villanova fall break (Monday 10/10/ – Sunday 10/16) hiking more than 100 miles (camping at night) with the Right2Know marchers.  Marchers arrived at Lafayette Park (opposite the White House) (more…)

September 18, 2011

China (the place setting, not the place)

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:52 pm

We are currently downsizing, in preparation for a move to smaller quarters. This is the time to pass family heirlooms and collectibles to an appreciative younger generation ready to carry on the tradition of storing past treasures. Except – (more…)

September 8, 2011

Confidence

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My confidence with my values derives heavily from my family, both from experiencing their moral values directly and also from the value they placed on educating oneself and forming/holding one’s own moral values.

My confidence with others (more…)

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