Broken Pipe – Clean Water

I watched on CNN, the result of a broken pipe.

Millions of fresh, clean water is “gushing” out of them.

Drinking water is going to waste.

We take our drinking water for granted – we shouldn’t.


Clear filtrated water is a precious treasure we users should appreciate more than we do. Most of the world does not have water, clean or dirty, to drink.

The next time you pick up a glass of water to drink, think of where it came from.

How much money was spent, the sacrifices made to get it to the tap we are drinking out of.

Our civilization could not exist without water. 

For our bodies, it’s a “must.”

If you’ve never thought about it before – do so now.


(November 1, 2021)


No one likes to have a long needle stuck into their arm, but the immunity it gives you against the pandemic’s deadly virus is worth the discomfort.

Although it seemed the deadly virus infections were under control, it is not so.

Every day, hundreds succumb. The danger is far from over.

The virus mutates.

Our medical scientists are working 24/7 to find a vaccine to meet the needs necessary.

It’s an ongoing struggle.

We cannot ignore recommended safeguards.

We do so at our own peril.

Wearing face masks in public places is a “must.”

This deadly pandemic is far from over.

It’s a daily battle we must win.

The alternative is scary to think about.

Don’t be a “wise guy” ( a schmuck).

Be a survivor.

Be around to tell your children about these perilous times.

Good luck.


(November 2, 2021)


So! What’s my secret?

Here are a few things a long life has taught me.

  • Treat people as you want to be treated
  • If you want good friends, be a good friend
  • I’ve been poor. I’ve been rich. Rich is better.
  • Education is important, it gives you a “head start”
  • The guy you didn’t think much of may some day be your boss (or a congressman)
  • A smile on your face is better to look up than a frown
  • Don’t press your luck, you may not always have it
  • Beauty fades, character is forever. (Betty is a prime example)
  • The more knowledge you have, the more you can enjoy
  • Every journey begins with that first step
  • People are the same, we all want the same thing, a “happy life”
  • Money has no value if you can’t spend it
  • Don’t take your good health for granted – ultimately it will be gone
  • The most dependable friends you can have is your family
  • People see things differently – your view is not always the best
  • Be generous – give people the help you once needed
  • The best trait you can have is curiosity (about everything) – it precedes learning
  • Self-worth is important – self-praise “stinks” – you are not the best judge of your actions
  • Above all, leave footprints your children can see and want to follow
  • Like my mother said – Be a good person
  • Even a long life is a short one – make the most of it
  • The estate you are leaving your heirs you often sacrificed for. Your heirs didn’t. They may squander it. Leave a will that clearly spells out what you want done with your estate. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.

Good luck.

(November 3, 2021)

My Travel Days Are Over

I know I must, but it’s hard for me to accept it.

We don’t live forever.

Some people like me, live longer than others (107).

Betty lived until the age of 101.

We had been married 79 years (Hard to beat).

Overcoming the few differences we had, it was a happy marriage.

We satiated our love for travel by wandering all over the world.

No one could have a better traveling companion.

She never complained of the discomforts we endured (To avoid them stay at home).

We used all modes of travel (except dog sled)….

Nothing stays the same.

For an American today doing what we did then would be expensive.


With Betty gone and my walking limited by my folding walker, the only walking I do at the urging of my caretaker is five times around the kitchen table.

If I want a longer walk I can put a leaf in the table (funny).

I don’t.

(November 3, 2021)


I am relaxed, worn out and tired thinking about the long life I have lived and what I have accomplished.

Starting out as a poor kid in a vermin-infested New York tenement to my life now.

As a realist I know I won’t be around much longer. I ask myself if there is anything I haven’t done that I want to do?


I can’t and have no urge to travel, to retrace many of my travel footsteps.

Traveling, living out of a suitcase is not easy.

Traveling to lands where you don’t speak the language is “frustrating.” Ordering foods from a menu you don’t understand can be and often is embarrassing.

I once unknowingly ordered a cow’s head.

A stranger sitting at the next table explained what I was doing and corrections were made.

We foreigners don’t realize strangers are watching over us (for which I am thankful).

Nothing stays the same.

Time passes, the days, years “rush” by.

I am now at the age of 107 an old man, but still in good shape.

As you are reading, my writing is not jittery or unreadable.

How long my good health will last, no one knows.

With Betty gone my life is not the same. I miss her, I miss holding her hand, her sense of humor. 

My Sunday comics go unread.

Nothing is forever, someday we will die. 

Sorry, reader, for this morbid thinking.

It just happens.

So, that’s it.

Have a good day and night.



(November 6, 2021)


Thirty-thousand mainly young people looking forward to a night of entertainment by famous entertainers suddenly found themselves fighting for their lives.

Many died a horrible death, squeezed to death, being trampled on, gasping for air.

It’s what nightmares are made of. It was a scene out of hades.

People in charge anticipate problems.

They make plans to handle problems.

What went wrong?

Investigations are ongoing seeking answers (if there are any).

Lives, unfilled dreams and futures remain only dreams.

What happened was a tragedy.

(November 9, 2021)

For Clarity

Neville Chamberlain, prior to Winston Churchill, was prime minister of England.

He was duped by Hitler who in a conference stated he would cease his warlike actions.

He lied.

Chamberlain was replaced by the “tiger” Churchill.

Posterity will never forget, with the stump of a cigar in his mouth, in a broad British accent, his stirring voice, “We shall never surrender.” 

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…”

For four years the English were being bombed both day and night. 

They endured many hardships with no complaints.

As soon as the indomitable English airforce came fighting the German bombers, the battle of Britain was won.

Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much been owed by so many to so few.”

My hats off to them.


(November 3, 2021)