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Today’s “Pearls Before Swine” cartoon brought my attention to one of my favorite Stoic insights, from Marcus Aurelius. It is one of my toughest goals, to avoid getting angry at all the stupidity and hatred and evil I face every

He watched the children playing in the street.
They wore Christmas sweaters
and reindeer headgear.
It was chilly in December,
and the day was ending.
Soon, the street would come alive
with Christmas lights,
and a parade of cars on

Once a year, I publish this poem. It has become an anthem to my aging, and I first published it ten years ago. I was struck then, as I am now, by the aging process. It is amazing how the