How well do you know your parents?

How well do you know your parents?

“Do you know where your children are?” was a popular public service announcement (PSA) that ran back in the late 1960s when there were youth curfews all across the country. Those children, now aging baby boomers, may need watching again, by their children. On one of...
A Lesson of Regret

A Lesson of Regret

Questions that don’t get asked, don’t get answered. One of my greatest regrets was not having spent the time with Mom and Dad exploring their life experiences. My siblings and I were very fortunate that Mom and Dad anticipated us eventually...
An End of Life Lesson: Why was Dad in the Psych Ward

An End of Life Lesson: Why was Dad in the Psych Ward

My dad and I were saying goodbye, knowing this would be the last time we would ever see each other.  While in an embrace, a hospital employee was tugging at his arm trying to get him into a scheduled session with other patients on the floor.  There apparently was a...
The Declining Value of Age: People and Antiques

The Declining Value of Age: People and Antiques

Daniel Stein Antiques, San Francisco, photography by Ken Bredemeier How are people like antiques?  The value of antiques increase over time because they become more rare.   A person’s value increases because he or she becomes wiser as a result of a lifetime of...