A weekly blog intended to share and preserve the most valued life lessons from the minds of the most experienced among us. The "hour late" represents the later stages of life. I will be speaking with people in their 70's and older, to find out what they think is important and worth passing on to future generations.
My husband and I celebrated 2016 by getting together with some longtime friends. At a brunch with five other couples, all of us seniors, we struggled to hear one another. But, we agreed, that it was a great way to start the New Year. Just being together was something to celebrate. That evening, we toasted the New Year with our next-door neighbors of over 35 years.
It wasn't just me retiring. We retired. Baseball was our job. We did it as a team, and there was no other way it could have worked. I might have been the one on the field. I might have been the face of our family in the game and in the community. But we did it -- me, my wife, and our children -- as a team.
Families argue -- especially around the holidays. Overbearing in-laws, wayward teens, stepfamilies, elder care or antiquated parenting plans can turn a home into a war zone. While some situations are easily resolved, others can linger for months -- even years. Instead of allowing conflict to fester -- consider mediation.
The building blocks of life as we know it are chemicals called amino acids. We know that they can form naturally, in lightning strikes and other energetic phenomena. But how did we get from amino acids to RNA, the fundamental unit of advanced life, is a complete mystery. How many times did that happen independently? Once? A zillion times? We don't know because we have no idea what the mechanism is.