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AN UPDATE: My life as reflected through almost 2,000 blog posts

Meandgoldwater This is my personal blog. It's a place where I can go to help sort out my life as an almost 64-year-old     baby-boomer who realizes that I have more life behind me than I do ahead.  I know that it's more important than ever to only do those things that I feel the need to do.

My life agenda has changed over the years and I can see it reflected through these almost 2,000 blog posts. Getting to this point has involved struggles, some mild and others intense.

As somebody on the front end of being a senior citizen, I can see many more changes.  And I know the importance of being focused on what I want and being able to discard what I don't want.

I invite you to participate in this journey and to share yours.  I've always appreciated being able to learn from others, as I hope somebody can learn from me.

My updated profile

So you know me a little better, here's an updated version of my "about me."  It's a brief profile of who I am in bulleted form with an emphasis on what's important to me and how that's changing:

  • I get my core identity from Jesus Christ who made me a saved sinner.  I will continue writing about the "who, what, when, where, how, why and so what of this relationship.
  • My life has been shaped greatly by my wife, Gladys, who has always shown me unconditional love and with whom I've participated in almost 30 years of memories.  Sharing daily life experiences with her is the closest that I've come to real joy.  I will continue writing about her.
  • My now adult children have shown me a whole new dimension of life. I wear the title "dad" proudly on my figurative shirtsleeve.  I will continue writing about Krista, Justin, my son-in-law Adam and my grandson Xavier.
  • My love-hate affair with politics and journalism has been a big part of my life.  I was born with a passion to change the world.  I got involved in politics at a young age with my interest evolving as I get older.  I worked as a newspaper reporter and saw the field devolve into a force of minimalism.  I will continue to write about that and what I read.
  • My mother and father who shaped my life in major ways.  My mother was a rock who never wavered in her love and in her strong will to survive and thrive.  My dad was born without a spine.  For me, my mom was a light and my dad was a big fat scar that dogged me.  I will continue to write about both.
  • Staying in the race

    This blog is about staying in the race at an age when my knees feel sore and when words like "risk-factor" and "staying regular" take on new meaning.

    I invite you to read my posts and to comment.  Join me in this effort to recalibrate life as the clock continues to tick and as life changes in major ways.