Potemkin on the Potomac

It is said, “appearances are everything.” Keeping up appearances is common for a variety of legitimate reasons. Many sloppy things done in private may not look so good in public from eating, dress, housekeeping and other life-living endeavors. Not looking like the bandied about “Wal-Mart” dresser is simply not wanting to look like a slob in public, but perfectly all right at home. Public appearance is not a form of deception, but simply a practice of personal presentation. Surely you want to run the vacuum before guests arrive.

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Glenn Miller Revisited

Music styles and fads come and go. I have always prided myself in genuinely liking some of every genre, except the current “rap” style of “music.” Its historical cousin in opera, “recitative,” is sometimes tolerable, only sometimes because opera is not my favorite medium. Many of the choruses and arias, however, are masterpieces. My stance is unique, even though being a trained musician I don’t join the “hoity-toity” black-tie group.

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What The Heck Are You Saying?

I just got back from the hospital medical clinic, and feel like I visited a refugee camp. When I called to make the appointment, I mentioned that on my previous visit I was assigned to a Muhammad something-or-other, M.D, but wanted a new one. Our family doctor moved to Texas recently in order to make more money so we’re left hunting for a new pill-pusher. Our now Texan doctor was a long time friend as well as our family physician and we were looking forward to having his care for the duration. On one visit he told me in a very serious tone that I was suffering from TMB. That hit me like a ton of bricks since it sounded really serious and maybe terminal. When I learned that it stood for “Too Many Birthdays” I quit taking him seriously. I should have known better since he told me once before that I had contracted “Chester Drawers” disease. That, by the way, sort of went along with the “TMB,” and he defined it as, “Your chest has fallen into your drawers.” Very funny.

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The World Changers Meet Again

Well, it’s not that we haven’t been meeting, but since the departure of our Eldest Gentleman for retirement facilities in the “big city,” it hasn’t been quite the same.  This day was different, however, when who would walk in but our visiting missing member to brighten up the morning.  I tried to get the group to “break forth with song” as in “Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here,” but they didn’t seen too interested.  In short order, it was like old times.  We apparently had so much to say, that we couldn’t all stay on the same topic, so various conversations were going on simultaneously.  I might add that as of late a very distinguished couple we all have known for decades has regularly joined our meetings (or maybe we have joined theirs?).  Here are a few of the more memorable topics.

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The World Changers #6 – Seasons

One of our members is making a big change in his life, and the group is saddened.  There are many changes made in the “Seasons of Life,” and one of the biggest, I suppose, is to downsize decades of living to manage a time of decreased mobility and the need for increased care.  So, our eldest member, as he puts it, has come “face to face with my mortality.”

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