You’re the gatekeeper of your happiness when it comes to your work

Jim’s comment came as a complete surprise. “You know, it’s scary,” he said during a recent phone conversation. “It’s scary because I don’t know if I’m going to have another chance like this. It just seems like the right thing to do, though.” Jim was talking about his...

The torch has been passed in the Surowka Family Reunion

Middle age ushers in a number of changes and realizations. Among them:  You’re now the parents, the leaders in your immediate and extended family – the ones that the kids are looking up to. You’re old enough now that family responsibilities that used to fall on...

Ashes to ashes — and then what?

So, what’s going to happen with my body after I die? Early in my life, when competitive running played such a big part, I was all set on being cremated and having my ashes spread around Maine-Endwell High School’s cinder running track. I had a lot of great memories...

An empty nest for many means it’s time to change.

With high school graduations recently finished, several of my good guy friends are talking about how they’ll fare as empy nesters. Their last or only child is headed off to college this fall and in many cases the kid is heavily focused this summer on leaving the...

‘I’m in.’ Are you?

“I’m in.” During the past eight years, those words never fail to bring a smile when I read them in an email from one of the members of a poker group I belong to. I started the group eight years ago because I decided it was something that was lacking in my life. My...

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