You Are Cordially Invited…

…to wander/wonder the road alongside us. We are three seasoned travelers reaching out to those of you who may be curious, reflective, and ready to consider alternatives to how you seek answers, make choices, and view the world around you. Our combined knowledge and experiences create a unique and measured wisdom that we wish to share with you. In turn we eagerly look forward to hearing back from you as you test out ideas, rethink what you read, and add your own perspective on the many topics presented here.

Although, none of us is more than an occasional social drinker and a bar is the least likely place you would find us, this idea formed from a reunion of sorts in a bar of our youth. The rest (and best) is yet to come.

We each extend a hearty and warm welcome to you and hope you’ll find what you’re looking for in our time together.

In collaboration, support, and wonderment,

Wal – Hen – Geo

  • The Quest for My Next Sanctuary

    March 2, 2023 by

    I’m going on two years now in my attempt to find and buy my next and likely last, home.  Each week, when I participate in my Zoom call with the other two “old guys” my blog partners inquire about my search.  The last time we spoke, they suggested that this might be a potential blogging topic or… Read more

  • Age Rangers

    February 24, 2023 by

    Surely, our development follows an arc. We germinate, bud, and blossom; we may produce wonderful fruit along the way. We have many productive seasons. Then slowly we whither; our flexible stems turning woody. Fresh flowers find second beauty as dried arrangements; eventually we will all enrich the soil in some manner. Who tells us what… Read more

  • All Aboard…

    February 2, 2023 by

    Feeling very nostalgic lately.  Always, after Christmas, the ritual of taking the tree down is bitter sweet.  Since the kids are grown that job is left for me to do all alone and stirs up the memories quite strongly.  I take the ornaments off one at a time and by categories.  The home made ones… Read more

  • Car Story

    January 6, 2023 by

    I have always enjoyed driving.  Car selection for me was as much for the style and fun factor as it was for function.  Each purchase provided me with a host of experiences and stories, some of which I find interesting enough to share. My first car was a used 1957 Volkswagen that I bought in 1967.  It was… Read more

  • No Laughing Matter

    December 15, 2022 by

    No Laughing Matter Not too long ago, we three old guys playfully started to imagine a restaurant that only catered to old people – old people like us, but perhaps more elderly – perhaps more like what the future holds in store for us. Well, we got to laughing about all the absurd possibilities and… Read more

  • In Loving Memory……

    November 20, 2022 by

    Even as a youngster I was always interested in going to antique shops and what we called junk shops back then.  My friend Adele and I would go through old deserted houses with her mom to see what was left behind.  In the darkness of an old house we would go from room to room to… Read more

  • On Time

    October 31, 2022 by

    How good are you at estimating time?  That is, how accurate are you when you guesstimate how long it will take you to finish something or arrive somewhere? Teresa and I spent one day last week visiting nearby Pennsylvania.  Our plan was to visit Kennett Square, known as the mushroom capital of the world for growing and… Read more

  • I Spy (Rarely)

    October 9, 2022 by

    Linda and I are doing our monthly drive to the Adirondacks, and she says, “Did you see all those turkeys by the side of the road – there were eighteen of them along with two jakes?” and I reply: “Nope, I’m watching the road.” She says, “Look at where those wildflowers used to be in… Read more

  • ASDF…JKL, Semicolon

    September 23, 2022 by

    In junior high school, a concept that no longer exists, we were required to take a course in typing, to prepare us for the future.  We each sat in front of a typewriter, a machine that no longer exists, that had no letters on the keys.  Instead we had to look up at the blackboard,… Read more

  • On Listening

    September 14, 2022 by

    The need to be heard is deeply embedded in me.  When I feel the listener gets what I’m trying to convey (even if they don’t agree) a physical sense of contentment comes over me.  On the flip side, when my words are ignored or replaced with the listener’s own story or interests, a combination of anger, upset,… Read more

  • Half-Hearted

    August 31, 2022 by

    When we started this blog, it was our goal to depict a first-person record of our thoughts for our friends, children and grandchildren. Maybe this record could start a conversation or provide an insight that would benefit someone. Sometimes this writing is tough for me, because I’m just an ‘everyman’, whose experiences are mostly alike… Read more

  • Lunch Anyone?

    August 10, 2022 by

    Not long ago, while meeting friends for lunch in uptown Kingston, I happened to park where I have many times before. Kingston is known for its old stone houses, In fact, the “Stockade” four corners is an intersection whose claim to fame is that it is the oldest four corners of original stone houses from the late 1600’s in America and survived… Read more

  • Temagami

    July 21, 2022 by

    Even when you’re ready to look deep inside and to make the commitment to do what’s necessary to be your best self, it doesn’t necessarily mean you really are.  In my case it was only the beginning of a very long process that took thirty-five years for me to realize significant change. Around the time I… Read more

  • Friends Bearing Books

    June 24, 2022 by

    Having been laid up recently, I’ve had some time to survey my nightstand: it’s really just a landing pad for books. It points to an inescapable conclusion: friends nourish friends – and what better way to do that, than by exchanging books? Fresh insights, new experiences, and a few laughs keep friendships alive. This post… Read more

  • Lost

    May 31, 2022 by

    I seem to have lost something very important to me.  For decades, three quarters of a century, I had a patriotic pride in our country, drilled into me by a Marine father who served on Iwo Jima and two uncles, one Navy and one Army.  We marched in parades, put playing cards in our spokes held by a clothespin… Read more

  • Defensive Living

    May 22, 2022 by

    When I learned to drive I was taught to be a defensive driver.  My interpretation of that was to be on the lookout for unexpected events that could impede my safety.  Of course when I was sixteen I believed my lightning fast reflexes and gift of invulnerability were enough to keep me safe without much need for… Read more


    May 7, 2022 by

    “I am very impressed”, said the surgeon – “about how much damage you’ve managed to do to your hip. “You need a full replacement, so let’s see how soon we get you scheduled”. Two thoughts occurred right on top of one another: a) boy, am I lucky to have an option to reduce the pain,… Read more

  • Peter Pan is Alive and Well!

    April 8, 2022 by

    I love to play!  Always have and hopefully, always will.  Somewhere along my boy to adult years I acquired the nickname, Peter Pan.  I liked it and took it as a compliment.  Too many of my friends were too much in a rush to “grow up” and, whatever that meant, to me it clearly lacked the notion of play… Read more

  • The Art of Perception

    March 27, 2022 by

    The Art of Perception ”Where you sit determines what you see”. I was reminded of this nostrum during dinner with friends in mid-December of last year. I had presented Marc and Deleah with a Christmas ornament that I made – a hollowed and dyed maple ball with a wooden final. Marc said ‘What is this?’… Read more

  • State of the Union

    March 17, 2022 by

    I have had to rewrite this several times because my purpose was not to push my political leanings but they somehow leaked out anyway.  In an effort to be more balanced I have attempted to compose my heightened feelings without my personal perceptions clogging or distracting from my ideas.  These last two years have been… Read more

  • Slowing Down

    March 1, 2022 by

    When I wore a younger man’s clothes I noticed that older people slowed down.  As I reflect on that presumption it appears I was correct, but more often, for the wrong reason.  Gray-haired folk drove more slowly, walked more slowly, spoke more slowly, did fewer things, and made decisions more slowly.  At the time, I believed it… Read more

  • Icing Penalty

    February 13, 2022 by

    I had another topic in mind for this post, but the recent ice storm is too present. Our neck of the woods was ambushed by a severe weather event – an ice storm – that seemed to put everything on hold. Forty-eight thousand of the fifty thousand people affected are in the county where I… Read more

  • Bartender, Can I Have a Refill?

    January 30, 2022 by

    For the last two Covid years the isolation has caused me to do a lot of reflecting.  Most of it while waxing nostalgic.  I spent way too much time wishing things were back the way they “used to be!” If I were being honest the “used to be” wasn’t always that great but being deprived… Read more

  • Do You Have Everything You Need…for Now?

    January 15, 2022 by

    Recently I was at a rather busy outdoor restaurant with friends waiting to place our order.  The waiter came over to our table, poured some water, and asked if we wanted any drinks.  When he returned with our beverages he took our food order and asked if there was anything else we needed for now.  Likewise, when he… Read more

  • Begin as You End

    January 4, 2022 by

    Irresolution I am done with the convolutions I know I’m too old for the revolutions I am still seeking some solutions And know I still need absolutions. I am personally done with evolutions I have no need for retributions I’ve lost faith in most institutions Yet, I continue to make contributions So, from this simple… Read more

  • Reflection

    December 11, 2021 by

    Institutions often set calendar benchmarks for reflection and evaluation.  Workers and/or programs are reviewed annually or semi-annually ostensibly to improve performance or productivity.  While setting arbitrary anniversaries for such reflections may be more efficient, I wonder if they would be more effective if we measured the time for such experiences based on changes in feelings about the work or an… Read more

  • The Tyranny of Small Things

    November 30, 2021 by

    Okay, where do you stand on the sliding scale of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” to “The Devil’s in the Details”? Lately, I’m beginning to be aware of the tiny bits that portend larger problems; the marginal items that can trip you up. High School English drummed into our heads the notion of Macbeth’s dilemma:… Read more

  • Heart to Heart

    November 18, 2021 by

    Fairy tales can come trueIt can happen to you…If you’re young at heart….For as rich as you are it’s much better by far…..To be young at heart!And if you should survive to a hundred and five…Think of all you derive out of being alive…And here is the best part, you have a head start ..… Read more

  • On Change

    October 30, 2021 by

    I spend very little time with things that trigger pain, upset, anger, or loss.  I often measure it against how much better off I am than most of the people in the world and I move on.  Friends and family will confirm my discomfort with negative talk, self-pity, and complaints about things that are, in my mind,… Read more

  • Decathexis

    October 13, 2021 by

    “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello” –The Beatles I took a week off and lost a friend. When I last talked with Steve, he was home in bed, waiting for an acquaintance to pick up the remainder of Rousey’s things. Rousey has been Steve’s dog and boon companion. Arranging for a… Read more

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    September 26, 2021 by

    I don’t often wax nostalgic about my early childhood.  It doesn’t often pop into my mind.  I imagine it was a pretty average childhood for a kid growing up in one of the lesser urban boroughs of NYC.  We played in the streets, walked to school in groups, played Chinese handball at playground time at… Read more

  • A Reminder to Self

    September 11, 2021 by

    I have always felt compassion and responsibility for the environment.  As a young teacher, I shared my enthusiasm for our planet and her resources with my students.  The books and chalkboards and overhead projector were often obscured by large and unruly plants, an enormous saltwater fish tank, blooming avocado pits suspended above water cups with multicolored toothpicks,… Read more

  • Thoughts after The All-Star Break

    August 2, 2021 by

    We’ve just had the all-star break in baseball – and if you are a Yankees’ fan, there’s not much to cheer about. The irony of Aroldis Chapman representing the Yankees is hard to fathom. Oh well. Yet, the spirit of the all-star game is meant to recognize the players who have achieved significant results through… Read more

  • Too Soon Oldt

    July 6, 2021 by

    I’m sitting here on a sweltering hot Sunday afternoon. Old age has given me the right to review my life, and look back on it trying to honestly evaluate it and how successful I was inside of it! My mom, a native Pennsylvanian, always used to quote an old Pennsylvania Dutch expression that has stayed… Read more

  • A Letter to My 85 Year Old Self

    June 24, 2021 by

    Good Morning, Hen! Happy 85!  Remember when you were 74 and you were beginning to recognize the benefits and limitations of aging?  Remember being home in the Hudson Valley for more than a year during the great pandemic?  Remember coming to the conclusion that enough had changed in your life that it was time to make a major… Read more

  • Drive

    June 6, 2021 by

    Recently, I made a trip to say goodbye to a close friend – he is moving south. It’s likely the last time we’ll visit face-to-face, so it was a bittersweet episode. But as the time approached to traverse the 85 miles to his house, I found myself becoming apprehensive in a manner that had no… Read more

  • Manana is Good Enough for Me – NOT

    May 20, 2021 by

    Since Covid, no-since childhood, I have procrastinated. I put things off til the last possible minute.  If something had to be done by Monday morning, I did it Sunday night. That has been the story of my life.  My dad called me lazy when he would get exasperated with me cause I needed his help… Read more

  • To Give or Not to Give

    April 29, 2021 by

    One of the constants in my life has been the request of others for me to donate money.  An endless list of charities find their way to my email box asking for me to donate to a cause.  Usually, via some internet magic, the requesting agencies are in line with my interests, beliefs, and passions.  More recently, political… Read more

  • Russell’s Teapot

    April 17, 2021 by

    Maundy Thursday is a profoundly sad day. It reminds me of our unfailing default behavior of cruelty and self-service. It doesn’t take much to see how that behavior is still present in our DNA. Perhaps it is a collateral requirement for survival that we can justify any action which assuages our fears. This is a… Read more

  • The Family I Never Met

    March 30, 2021 by

    I recently received a package from the executor of my brother’s partner’s will.  In the envelope were letters that my dad wrote to my mom during the war when he was stationed on Iwo Jima.  The picture is a photograph of my mom, my dad, and big brother.  It was taken sometime in 1941 or… Read more

  • Labels

    March 13, 2021 by

    I find it nearly impossible to negotiate in this world without attaching labels.  That labels help us organize and categorize, thus giving us a sense of order, I understand.  It’s the extension of that practice beyond the need for context that causes me to question my reality. While labels are beneficial they can also negatively impact our… Read more

  • Amicus Brief

    February 27, 2021 by

    I’ve been thinking about friendship, particularly since Jack and Gregg commented about the desire to call a group of friends together after this COVID isolation. Friendship — The ancient Greeks had a name for it: Philia – and they held it separate from affection of other sorts: Storge: nurturing love given to children and those… Read more

  • Evolution of a Recluse

    February 14, 2021 by

    I have always loved to be around people.  Coming from a loud, touchy Italian family I rarely was alone.  Actually I disliked being alone and still do. My careers lent themselves to enabling me to be around people most of the time.  A class full of children or an innful of guests was what was comfortable… Read more

  • Putting Down Roots – Pulling Up Stakes

    February 4, 2021 by

    Extending the question of self-reflection from our last post, I wonder aloud if I’m still in the right place. Putting down roots has been fairly clear and straightforward for me.  It took two years of weekends to find the place I now call home.  As soon as I stepped out of the car I was drawn to… Read more

  • Reflecting on a Lifetime

    January 22, 2021 by

    I have reflected back on my life at several different times.  Taking an honest look at yourself is scary and sometimes dangerous.  As a young kid I often wanted to be anybody else but me.  I saw my friends on the block and was envious for all kinds of reasons.  Stephen and Brian across the… Read more

  • It’s Time

    January 12, 2021 by

    We have been trying hard to turn the page of the calendar to a new year, but the bad karma of 2020 wants to linger. The unimaginable events of Dec 37 makes you wish we could skip ahead in time – or go back and change decisions. Usually, when I think about time, it’s from… Read more

  • Questions for Reflection

    December 31, 2020 by

    One year ends, another begins.   According to Wikipedia a New Year’s resolution:  “is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere, but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.” While the intentions are… Read more

  • Merry Griping

    December 24, 2020 by

    When Christmas and Covid intersect it brings out some strange feelings and reactions. Reflection usually is nostalgic for me.  Pleasant memories waft through my mind.   Smells carry me back to the warmth of grandparents and holidays and the intersection of both those things!  Favorite past times rush back and desire wells up inside me… Read more

  • Words: A Prolegomenal Disquisition

    December 15, 2020 by

    English — you have to love it!  The title comes by way of WordGenius, a daily feed of words you never knew existed — and may never have a chance to use. My high school English teacher used to encourage us to use “thousand dollar words” in order to expand our vocabulary. I still love… Read more

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