I had a talk with my 2 adult daughters about a very serious matter. I told them that I did not want to be buried when I died, I wanted to be cremated so as not to take up more space on this planet. I expected tears or one of them to try to convince […]
“First, you cry” is the title of Betty Rollins memoir about her breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy. If someone had asked me how I felt after watching the killing of George Floyd, I wouldn’t have known how to answer. I knew I felt rage towards the policeman and deep grief about Mr. Floyd’s family. And […]
I rarely endorse books for fear that I will be flooded with authors who also want to be endorsed. But I make an exception here as I have just completed: “Radical Compassion” by Tara Brach. This is a beautifully written book by an author whose kindness and compassion can be found on every page. In […]
An Obituary IN MEMORY OF MY MEMORY It was never crystal-clear as it always had a thin fog to it. For most of my life, I tried to pretend I remembered more than I did. But for most of my life that poor memory just lumbered along with me like an unwanted relative. […]
Okay, it’s time to load up my sleigh. This process alone is exhausting for somebody my age. And then to adapt my sleigh with a wheelchair ramp took extra time and expense this year. Meanwhile, just try to imagine what it takes to get a quadriplegic down chimneys. Think about all of the ropes and […]
Well here it is, December 20. 40 years ago today I walked across my frozen lawn not knowing they would be last steps I would ever take. For some reason, this anniversary feels more significant than the others. Perhaps it’s because of my age and how my body seems to be growing more weak. Last […]
I’m so excited today about surprising Sandy with a Thunderbird, our dream car. Even though we both agreed to get this car for our tenth anniversary, I’m driving to Harrisburg to pick it up a week early. Boy will she be surprised, I can’t wait to see the expression on her face. I think I’ll […]
A few months ago I wrote a commentary for the Philadelphia Inquirer in reaction to the news that some Boy Scout leaders have been abusing children. The news hit close to home, because my own scout leader and seventh grade teacher had sexually abused me all those years ago. In writing the commentary, I hoped […]
Dan appears on the May 30, 2019 episode of the United on Wheels Podcast produced by the United Spinal Association, to discuss mental health awareness. You can listen to the podcast here. [spp-player] You can hear more podcasts in the United on Wheels Podcast series here.
Every tree has scars and knots, evidence of what they have lost over their lifetime and somehow those scars are what makes them so beautiful.. And still they stand. So too with people, writes Dan in this blog post.