Remote control toilets and doorbells with facial recognition. Be afraid.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

-John F. Kennedy

I am nearly nodding off, watching the news on my new 60-inch flat-screen TV when the doorbell rings. I hunt for the switch on my electric tilt-back padded easy chair. I eventually find it. Slowly, the chair goes back to upright so I can now get out. Then I go to the shelf that holds the twenty-seven remotes I have to control all the TV and audio devices and lights and blinds and gas fireplaces…


How ‘settled’ science nearly succeeded in destroying mother nature’s most perfect food.

Note: This essay was published at Watts Up With That, a heavily trafficked site on all things climate science and global warming, two years ago.

“I have high cholesterol,” my mother sighed over the phone. “Just got back from my doctor, and my cholesterol reading was 523.”

“Is that high?” I asked. I knew nothing about cholesterol to say nothing of medicine’s ability to measure it. But I know my mother. If the doctor found something alarming, she would immediately go about and make any necessary changes to correct the problem.

She proceeded to tell me everything she knew about…


The Judgmentalist are everywhere.

Back in 1986, some lowly Saturday Night Live costume courtier was asked to procure a laughably modest mid-century collared frock and prepare it for a new SNL sketch. Dana Carvey, an early show star, gifted comedian, and impressionist, would quickly jump into character and become ‘The Church Lady.’ Of course, the rest is history. The Church Lady would bring our generation to rolling laughter in front of the boob tube every Saturday night. Ironically, she helped us prepare for the following Sunday morning worship service by, perhaps, making it more meaningful.

Well, if not more meaningful…


My life started as a snot-nosed kid with curly blond hair riding unbelted in the back seat of my parent’s red 1955 Ford station wagon. That was a very good year to be born.

Maybe five years old, I stood bouncing on the back seat and leaned over my dad’s shoulder to see how fast we were going — 67 miles per hour, roughly speaking. It was not a digital display. “Sit down!” my mother warned, thinking it safer to be sitting if rear-ended. I sit back down, just able to peer over the top of the rear door. Much…


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There are millions of us boomers. Unlike newborns who are mostly sleeping, smooth, healthy, and nary a care in the world, we suffer from insomnia, various infirmities, wrinkles, and worry- and for reason. A lifetime of experiences has taught us that there are consequences to everything. That what we had and took for granted can suddenly be lost and become of great value. We’ve all had good deeds go punished and have learned that the world is full of good intentions while not always competently accomplished.

This pandemic has caused us all to fret a bit and that was before…


It was Shakespeare who wrote, “The eyes are the window to your soul.” His use of ‘soul’ suggests a spiritual man. Historians mostly agree, considering he baptized his children and was buried in a churchyard. If so, he possibly drew inspiration from Matthew 6, where he found ‘The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!’

It was…


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You must have noticed- the 2020 Summer Olympics games were canceled and rescheduled. A victim to the pandemic, the games are now to be held starting July 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. There is a good chance the virus will still be at-large, so purchase your tickets with care. Arrive early or you’ll spend two weeks in quarantine and miss most of the track events, archery, and team artistic swimming.

The Olympic organizers are very excited this year. The official website is full of proclamations of how the 2020 Olympics, now the 2021 Olympics, will be the most gender-inclusive games ever…


There is an attractive young family that lives nearby. If posed standing proudly on the porch of their modest mid-century two-story, they perhaps would have inspired artist Norman Rockwell to capture this contemporary American family. The parents handsome and educated, and their two young proteges round and ready. But Rockwell, an artist searching for the real and innocent, would have struggled with the forced smiles that belie any hope or joy- the type of joy that emanates from confidence in the future. Fear finds expression in the eyes and is similar to a look of bewilderment- a sense of anxiety…


Have you ever attempted to list all the essential things in your life? All the things that would be difficult to live without? Perhaps, your list would include forks, shoes, mothers-in-law, applesauce, wedding pictures, aunts, pickup trucks, shopping malls, smartphones, Facebook, pajamas, and pancake mix. We might disagree on an item or two, but you have to admit that this list is essential but hardly exhaustive.

While packing for a recent trip, I was again reminded of what essential means. Besides my miniature ‘support’ donkey that accompanies me whenever I travel, I have a small bag for holding the things…


It is difficult to fathom that we’ve been asked to keep one fathom (1 fathom = 6 feet or 1.8 meters) apart for nearly a year already. It is called ‘social distancing.’ Being one-fathom tall, roughly, I have learned to calculate my distance from someone by imagining laying down. If from where I am standing and where someone else is standing is one body length away, then, we’re told, we are safe to be around one another.

Dots, precisely one fathom apart, or in my case one body length apart, dot everything today. Stores, airports, post offices, bus stops, churches…

Ron Baron

Medium rare and a bit aged. Husband, father and grandfather. I write to untangle my thinking. I recommend it to others. ronaldbaron.combloominboomer.com

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