Welcome to Bud’s Blog

Posted March 1, 2009 by oldereyes
Categories: feeling older

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust

Sometimes Older Eyes work, too Bud


Necessary Definitions

Sage – a wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence.

Curmudgeon – an ill-tempered old person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

Fool – A person with poor judgment or little intelligence; a jester, a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court, often with foolishness.

I’ve been wondering lately what it would be like to be able to relive my life knowing what I know now. Or if I was able to give my grown children a view of the world through my Older Eyes, would it change their lives? Here’s a provocative proposition: If I could get every twenty-year old to look at the world through sixty-four year old eyes for just a few minutes, it would either change them for the better or kill them. Provocative but probably not true. I doubt there are many young men making bucket lists as a result of watching Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

With a do-over unlikely and getting my children to listen to my archaic opinions only slightly less so, I’ll record the view through my Older Eyes here in Bud’s Blog.   As you read each post, you decide … Sage, Curmudgeon, or Fool … we can agree to disagree on which is which. Your comments are welcome, whatever your age.   If what you read changes you for the better, I’d especially like to know.   Hopefully there will be no casualties.   If you are new here and want a taste of my Older Perspective before diving in, The Best of Feeling Older offers a few of my favorite posts on aging.  Finally, if my work inspires you to try blogging … or even if you think, Jeez, I can do this better than Older Eyes – there are a series of posts on doing just that on my page, Starting a WordPress Blog.

Thanksgiving Changes

Posted November 26, 2015 by oldereyes
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Turkey by Maddux

Just a year ago on Thanksgiving I posted, As usual in these older years of my life, we are in Arizona for Thanksgiving to spend it with my daughter’s family.  Today, we went to my grandkids’ school to help out a Savannah’s Thanksgiving Day Feast.  Being able to attend events at our grandchildren’s school is one of the blessings of having a second home near them in Arizona.  And here we are in Herriman, UT, with my daughter’s family in their new home and our Little House in the Desert is up for sale.  The kids are on year round school here and are off for three weeks, so there are no school activities to attend.  Since my son-in-law’s family lives in the area, we will be sharing the holidays … and the grandkids …. with them.  That’s actually more like the Thanksgivings of my childhood, when my Mom had both sides of the family over for dinner. Read the rest of this post »


Posted November 20, 2015 by oldereyes
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downloadFor as long as there have been audio devices that allow the owner to have playlists, I have had one titled Female Vocalists.   Thise lists have been an ecelctic list of singer ranging from pop stars like Celine Dion, Gladys Knight and Carly Simon mixed with country stars like Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride.  Jazz singers Diana Krall and Matina McBride make it to the favorite lists, as do crossover artists like soprano Leslie Garrett.   And I especially enjoy finding new, perhaps lesser known, Voices that are every bit as beautiful as my favorites.  Or, or sometimes, old, lesser known voices that have performed in relative obscurity beneath my female vocalist radar. Read the rest of this post »

Throwback Thursday – Old Friends Edition

Posted November 19, 2015 by oldereyes
Categories: feeling older

image I am on the last flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Los Angeles, on my way home from business meetings in Huntsville, AL.   There is nothing particularly remarkable about that except that between weather, flight delays and a somewhat tight connection schedule, I made this flight with only about ten minutes to spare.   I’ll likely make it home at about 1:00 am.  Perhaps a bit more remarkable is the fact that at about 1:00 pm tomorrow, I will  be back at the airport in LA, boarding another plane to Washington, DC.  Why, you might ask, am I flying all the way back to LA only to fly East again?  There are several parts to the answer.  First, the flight tomorrow is for pleasure and has been planned for months … the trip to Huntsville was scheduled at the customer’s convenience at a much later date.   Still, you might ask … why fly all the way back?   Part two: the trip tomorrow was planned for my wife, Muri, and I … and Muri really doesn’t like to fly.   And she REALLY doesn’t like to fly ALONE, so much so that when I texted her that I made my connection tonight, she texted back, Thank G-d!  Like I said, she REALLY doesn’t like to fly alone.  Yes, I am a good husband.  She is a good wife in many other ways, which makes up for me spending a substantial percentage of 24 hours flying between coasts. Read the rest of this post »

For the Birds

Posted November 17, 2015 by oldereyes
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If you’ve been coming around Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog for a while, you know … I am very fond of birds.   There is absolutely no doubt that I inherited it from Mom, whether that was an inheritance via genes or simply watching her feed the birds in our yard for my entire childhood.  There was always a bird book near the kitchen window in her house and I have never been without a bird book since my wife, Muri, and I have had a house of our own.  I never heard my mother say this but I’m sure she’d agree have agreed with what I say: Birds are among God’s most beautiful creations.

So, it’s photo Tuesday and I thought I’d post one of my favorite bird photos.   Bird lovers have been promoting our local Yorba Regional Park as a habitat for Western Bluebirds.  As a result, anyone with a camera and some patience can get some photographs.  The best itme is the spring.  After the males put on their brightest plumage in preparation for mating, the juveniles, plain gray with the first hints of blue tinting their wings, show up, beautiful in their own way.


Monday Smiles – Airborne Edition

Posted November 16, 2015 by oldereyes
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image I am flyng again.  At the moment, the interactive map on the video screen at my seat tells me I am over Juarez, New Mexico.  I am bound to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, hoping to catch a tight connection to Huntville AL for a two day business meeting.   It looks like I land in one terminal and depart from another, so I may have some running through the airport to do.  Truth:  at my age, it will be fast walking, especially with my computer bag over my shoulder.   I’m on the aisle in the 13th row, not First Class but not the worst seat on the plane either.  Most of the passengers are reading or playing whatever on their assorted electronic devices, which is good … no loud talkers.   The only annoyance is the very large guy in front of me who keeps shifting  in his seat and pushing against the backrest so hard that he almost spills my Diet Coke.  Me?  I’m writing and listening to my jazz playlist in shuffle mode … Keiko Matsui Walls of Akendora, at the moment.   The Captain just said, We are beginning our descent into Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.  Please return to your seats and be sure your seatbelts are fastened, which means 40 more minutes in the air.   He says there are storms in the area so the descent could be bumpy.

I used to travel once or twice a month and I liked being in touch with my professional community.  I enjoyed working on teams addressing real technical problems and I enjoyed giving presentations on our work. image These days, the work is still interesting but I don’t need to be a shaker and a mover anymore.  It makes my bones rattle and my joints hurt.  But here I am at 34,000 feet, listening to the music I love, posting on my blog.  I’ll text Muri when I land and hook up with my colleagues for the flight to Huntsville.   We’ll finally get to see what our customer thinks of our work.  If I had my druthers, I would be at home.   As my wife Muri and I have grown older, we like to be in shouting distance of each other, not that we do much shouting.  We do occasionally text each other from or respective enclaves, hers the love seat in our bedroom and me in my recliner downstairs.  Yes, I’d rather be doing that.  But for a couple days I can pretend to move and shake like I used to.  I can even smile about it.  It is, after all, Monday.

Silly Love Songs

Posted November 13, 2015 by oldereyes
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sillyA few years ago, Paul McCartney had a hit with his post-Beatles band, Wings, titled Silly Love Songs.  I really disliked that song, in spite of the fact that it had a catchy tune that I would find drifting though my brain at odd times.  Catchy is not necessarily good.  In this particular case, catchy was awful, a lesson as to what can happen when a songwriting team that has produced hundreds of songs that altered the music industry go off on their own.  You get Silly Love Songs and Instant Karma.  The subject matter of Silly Love Songs, I can’t argue with because I LOVE love songs.   After all, I grew up on Put Your Head on My Shoulder and Dream Lover and navigated college to Reach Out I’ll Be There and Unchained Melody.  And from my Mom, I learned a fondness for the great American Songbook, whether it was performed by Old Blue Eyes, Linda Ronstadt or Diana Krall.  And being somewhat of an old school rocker, I’ve always loved bombastic love songs of the sort recorded by bands like REO Speedwagon, Journey and Chicago. Read the rest of this post »

Throwback Thursday – Perspective

Posted November 12, 2015 by oldereyes
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Finding Perspective is a lot like meditation. It is hardest to do when you need it most. Reading this post, written in easier times back in 2009, I realized that it was time for me to retreat into barbecue corner again and put my life in perspective.   Once again, I need to see all the ways in which I am blessed.

Early yesterday evening, I was helping my son with a creative writing project for school. He is a late bloomer who has suddenly become a serious student, and it’s fun to hear him begin to talk like a writer. He likes the way I write and asked if you can learn to have writing come so easily. I told him that it takes time to find your voice but once you do the words come more naturally. I also told him there’s no substitute for simply writing a lot. Read the rest of this post »


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