I am in my mid 80s. My legs are in their late 90s. My beautiful Mexican senorita, now senora, Georgina, (Gina), and I have been married over half a century. (64+ years) We have 5 sons, 4 daughter-in-laws, and eleven grandchildren. My wife raised 5 sons and one husband, and now is using her talent to help out with our grandchildren.

I am retired. I have had a great many occupations over the years, running the gamut from hard physical labor to wearing a suit and working as a licensed ‘stock broker’ ; but for the last 45 years of working , I had been a union stagehand in the Twin Cities. While stagehands often work into their 80’s, (I knew one in Boston that was over 90), common sense and my aching body told me to get out. I had way, way, too much fun in my youth, getting bucked off horses, getting busted up in football, and getting bounced on the ground at the end of a parachute jump, etc.. If I outlive my 401K, and my bad luck with Powerball continues, I’ll probably be greeting people as I gave them their shopping carts at the near by big box store. But for now, I’m retired.

I never got into trying to hit balls into holes in the grass. Although I lived in the woods and lakes when I was young, hunting and fishing don’t appeal to me anymore. I love fields and flowers, but my knees no longer approve of gardening. TV grows old after you watched the same episode of NCIS for the umpteenth time, or if the MN Twins don’t live up to my spring assessments for them. I do read and read and read. I always have my Nook within reach. And I write.

All my life I enjoyed day-dreaming, watching people, and writing. More important, my body doesn’t mind my remembering and my writing. This blog is a small example of my writings.

I hope you enjoy reading them half as much as I enjoyed writing them. For the most part they are true stories. Well, as true as I remember. After all, many of them happened a long, long time ago.

OLD HAND –  published pieces

STAGE HAND – show biz pieces

NO HANDS – bits & pieces

PS: This Intro was written before the Darkness came to our world. And while prayer maybe a great comfort, just remember God helps those who helps themselves.

So please obey the rules for good health. Vaccinations! Masks under certain conditions.  Be optimistic. And love thy neighbor… even if it is at a six foot distance.

And just keep thinking what the words of that annoying earworm says, ‘

The Sun will come out tomorrow’. 


64 thoughts on “INTRO

    • Don, This year has been pretty crazy year for me! I have a little gift for you from my trip to Normandy last summer. I am pretty sure that I didn’t send it to you.. . . .did I? It is both priceless and sacred and cost me nothing but I think you will like it. Could you send me your snail address so I can mail it to you , please!

      Blessings !

  1. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  2. What fun to have found your blog…thanks for liking my T. Jefferson piece. I look forward to hearing from you soon and often. I love your emphasis on laughter…..namaste. . . .Anne

    • Thank you. And I look forward to your future writings. And to read your past writings. As a former elementary school teacher, you might find my Miss Fee post amusing. Don’t imagine you ever taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

      • Oh, I loved your Miss Fee post and it was the radio listening. I am a tag behind you , but I loved listening to the stories on the radio with the slamming and or squeaking doors and all other wonderful sound affects. Kids now have no imagination because of movies, TV, and video games. Oh thank you so much. See you soon! Namaste. . . .Anne

  3. Reading and writing are good combination if your knees cannot do much of the good old days. Just like me blogging is the best interaction for aging body. Hello.

    • Aging body? Your writing certainly doesn’t show any ‘aging’. Keep up the good work, the gardening, and watching the hummingbirds, as the Aztecs believed, they are favorites of the gods.

  4. Hey Don, were you the one who mentioned Frank Sinatra’s “House I Live In?” I just watched the short film and it is wonderful. I will use it next Monday, but wanted to mention who had alerted me. If it is not you maybe George. . . . . Smiles. . . . Anne

  5. Don,

    Had I been as good a writer as I think I am, my introduction would read almost exactly as yours–except that I have never had the theater experience. Everything else is really applicable–hunting and fishing, reading, even NCIS (and the age).

    I appreciate the “Like.” Thanks,

    Renaissance Musings

  6. I’ve been here before but I never read this; it’s very interesting, and you’re a terrific writer. Your age gives me hope, as I’m a bit more than 10 years your junior. A youngster I suppose. It’s all in one’s point of view, right?

    • Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy your posts very much. You said maybe I consider you a youngster. Well I have always known that ‘out of the mouths of babes comes words of wisdom’. Keep up bringing beauty to our lives.

  7. Hi Don,

    I saw your post on Pete’s blog, and I’m snooping around here because you sound like an interesting person who has lived a full life. A couple of things got my attention from reading about you. You live in or near the Twin Cities. I was there last year during the Final Four basketball championships. My three older brothers and I somehow managed to get spread out in all four of the continental time zones, but we always get together every three years for a family reunion. This July was supposed to be the next one (in Minnesota), but now that appears to be up in the air. My midwest brother lives in the tiny community of Litchfield, MN. I also read that you enjoyed playing some football in your younger days. My son is coaching college football in Montana.

    I enjoyed reading your post about Shari Lewis, and I remember her and Lamb Chop and Charley Horse, too. As a retired school teacher, I used to incorporate as much theatre as I could into my classroom. I used to write silly skits for my class, and I enjoyed performing with them. I saw so many kids blossom and feel good about themselves via public speaking. Anyway, I could go on and on, but you probably don’t want to read all that. I looked for a contact form on your site to send you a longer email, but maybe you don’t want to give that out. Be well, and keep those eighty-year-old legs moving as it’s essential to keep your mind and body active.

    Pete Springer

  8. Your body may be in your 80s and 90s but I think your heart is in your 20s! Thank you so much for following my blog. I think I’d like to get to know you…

  9. Beautiful Intro, Don! I have read it several times but it always leaves me smiling, especially the bit about how “your wife raised 5 sons and a husband”. 🙂

    I always carry a book, a real one and I have Google Play Books on phone. I can’t live if I can’t read. 🙂

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