in the Adirondacks
heading into my second favorite month. "Octobuary,"
as I call it. In honor of January and February, a couple
of my least favorite months. But I figured I’d honor
them rather than anticipate them with dread. Winter will
be upon us soon enough. In the meantime I’m enjoying
the fall foliage here in the Adirondacks.
many people don’t enjoy the fall because they know
what’s coming, I tend to really enjoy it since I stay
in the present. Have you guys ever heard of Loretta LaRoche?
She’s a great inspirational speaker. One of her most
famous lines is as follows: "Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why
they call it the present." Isn’t that great?
She is widely available on video cassette. If you haven’t
heard her, I highly recommend her.
present is a great place to be. When I hear of people lamenting
about the past, or planning what they will do someday when
they retire, I just don’t get it. Imagine working
a job you don’t like and planning a future that will
somehow magically present itself with happiness all wrapped
up when you can’t live in the now? That I just don’t
a totally different subject, I need to thank the countless
people who come up to me when I’m out and about and
comment on this column. In case I haven’t said it
lately, I really enjoy writing this to you guys each week,
and I’m thrilled when you approach me and tell me
how much you enjoy reading it. It definitely goes both ways.
I mentioned to you guys that when I don’t feel like
using my voice activation software to write to you, I usually
enlist Herman’s typing skills, which is what I’m
doing right now. Sometimes the voice activated software
doesn’t behave properly and gives me fits, and that
doesn’t help my speech recognition either, as the
stress in my voice is misinterpreted by the software program.
not having terrific fun typing this for me, but it’s
almost over now. So he can see the light at the end of the
tunnel. By the way, I’ve been asked on occasion if
Herman writes the column for me. The answer is a resounding
NO! Not that I think he couldn’t, but it simply wouldn’t
be my voice. He occasionally makes suggestions and I occasionally
ask his opinion, but that’s as far as it goes. So,
if you don’t like what I say, you can’t blame
this last Sunday of the month and I’ll talk to you
again in October.