Trouble With Old People | Staying Competitive

by Steve Van Auken I get out of my car and I see that my workout today will not begin in the cardio room. It begins here, in the parking lot. A young woman, yoga bag on her shoulder, is approaching the gym ...

Trouble With Old People | Micro-Affirmations

by Steve Van Auken I've decided this is the year I resign from the White Guys Club. I'm not sure what the procedure is. Probably there is some paperwork. For a long time I didn't realize I was a Club mem...

Trouble with Old People | Let’s Talk Sports

by Steve Van Auken One of the things that unites us, young and old, is the belief that all conversations go better with sports talk. Images and metaphors from the world of sport create a common language. T...

Trouble With Old People | Senior Social Services

by Steve Van Auken I'm not saying that all older people are clueless about modern social behavior. But you might think so if you were to judge by my friend Bill.  One morning recently, he was orderi...

Trouble With Old People | All My Lies Have Come True

by Steve Van Auken When I was a kid I lived among grown-ups who had been raised by wolves in Siberia. At least it seemed that way from the stories they told about how hard their winters used to be.   ...

The Trouble with Old People | Tough Gratitude

by Steve Van Auken "Boys," said Charlie Strait, our Scoutmaster, "quit playing grab-ass and listen up.  You need to learn to splice rope. Because when you get in the Navy, and you tell the Chief y...

Trouble with Old People | Better Living Through Chemistry

by Steve Van Auken 11/07/2018 Gratitude is known to be a key ingredient in living a good life. One of the things I am most grateful for is the many television stations that are deeply concerned about my hea...

Trouble with Old People | April 2018

The Common Touch written by Steve Van Auken, Illustrations by Ted Mallison 04/05/2018 If recent elections prove anything, it is that voters crave authenticity. We support the candidate we think we would li...

Trouble with Old People | February 2018

Call Me Garrulous by Steve Van Auken 02/16/2018 One of the consolations of getting old is that you are no longer expected to make sense. It is a joy to set this burden down. I have never really enjoyed...