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Arcania

An odd category at first glance, this is the place where you can find odd facts, rocks you can turn over, minutia that’s important, wandering musings and rabbit trails to tempt you into different realms of thought. “Miscellany” might describe the category, and it might not….

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Old times and old-timers

  In an earlier entry ( ), I’ve written how difficult it is to find the proper appellation for someone who’s old. From my younger days until now, though, I’ve also believed that “old-timer” could be a title that was mildly complimentary to the older people I encountered. So I have used the term as a preferred way to address elderly folks who showed me that wisdom or whimsy still sparkedMORE...

The multitude formers

  *The Family of Man–the classic coffee-table book whose photographs and captions inspire us to cherish the universal qualities of humanity–ends with photographs of couples from around the world. The caption that characterizes all of these forebears: “We two form a multitude.” The message is clear: Whether in marriages, friendships or kinships of any kind, bonds of love produceMORE...

On taking a walk

When we became empty-nesters, Chris and I began to walk almost every day. Our walks were usually forays into nature—to and from a local park, in a nearby forested area or even around the perimeter of our neighborhood. We spent about an hour each time, enjoying the prospect of healthy physical exercise and quiet conversation. Even since we’ve added regular exercise classes to our daily routinesMORE...

Words you can use

  One anchor maxim in neurolinguistics goes something like this: No words, no thoughts; know words, know thoughts. The implication is intriguing: The stronger your vocabulary, the more likely the depth and breadth of your thinking. These ideas may also apply to the ways in which you express ideas and ideals about older adults. Today I include an aggregation of words and phrases you might useMORE...

The man behind the curtain: A Full of Years Interview

  Full of Years (FOY) was recently invited to interview blog writer, author and grateful old guy BOB SITZE for a behind-the-scenes look at his work. The interview took place at the sprawling FULL OF YEARS campus in suburban Chicago. FOY: Thanks for this chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at your work here at the sprawling FULL OF YEARS campus in suburban Chicago. BOB: The pleasure is allMORE...

Scruffy hat, scruffy guy

  If you met me on the street, you might mistake me for someone whose mother didn’t teach him how to present himself in a tidy and respectable matter. At this stage in life, I accept that possibility, because I am perfectly content with old clothes, a battered baseball cap and uncombed eyebrows. (Some of you old guys out there may know what I mean, right?) On one hand, this phenomenon is notMORE...

Amazing!

  I’ve about had it up to here with all the “amazing old people” stories I see in the news. Old folks doing heroic things; sprightly elders still working; ancient ones who are being thoroughly and surprisingly with-it. At first glance, the stories seem complimentary or appreciative. Older adults who do amazing things deserve admiration. On the other hand—here’s where I get steamed—much ofMORE...

Pity this writer,please?

The impetus for my blatant appeal to your kindness comes from trying to write about you accurately and respectfully. I am talking about the difficulties that come when I use almost any term that might describe you! Let me illustrate… If I refer to you as a geezer, graybeard or codger, I am talking only about guys like my Great-uncle Harry, who shaved haphazardly, scared us kids with hisMORE...

Waiting Room Redemption

I spend significant time in the waiting rooms of my several doctors. It struck me recently that this was a time that could be repurposed for godly purposes, and hence redeemed! The time in a waiting room time can be a way to restore spirits, dispel distressing emotions or rescue your fullest spiritual identity. People watching prayers The weight of illnesses or continuing medical conditions sitsMORE...

Still smiling

How’s your smile these days? I ask this question because you may not realize all the good things that happen when you smile. Want to think about that with me for a bit here? (If so, you have to promise to smile while you’re reading this—a way of practicing for what comes next!) The basic smile anatomy: The zygomatic major and orbicularis oculi muscles interact so that the corners of your eyeMORE...

Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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