“Who’s Norm?”

Laguna NormI’m just about like everyman who’s rounded third, at 66, and heading home.  My mind still climbs mountains and visits brookie-infested pools in the most remote streams.  My body hints at playing it safe and convinces me to enjoy the hike as much as I do the fishing.

My mind sees me up and down the court for an hour or two at the Y.  My body settles for games of “H-O-R-S-E and “21”.”   Well, you get the idea.

My brain simply does not want to conform to my body and I’m thankful for that.  As a country singer once said, “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.”  Or something like that.

I’m semi-retired, which means I still work some but I never know when until right before it happens.  My wife of 46 years is still the light of my life and the reason 66 scares me not.  Together we have looked into the maw of crisis and tragedy and found the sinew to never let go.  We’ve stood on the mountaintops and felt joy without limit.

I’m still a man of 35, but when I say it, my body wants to debate . . . instead of hiking deep into the wilderness or racing up and down the court.  Yeah, I’m everyman who is fortunate enough to live to 66  Life is a race . . . but it’s a marathon, not a sprint.



  1. Hi Norm…thanks for the comments! Glad to meet another Maker’s Mark ambassador! 🙂

  2. Hi Norm,
    thanks for the christmas ceramic tree info! 🙂
    It is nice to know that these things are passed down generation to generation!

  3. Hi Norm
    My “Room-Mate” ;o) has told of your writings, and just forwarded me your Superbowl comments. Just AWESOME!! Our love to you both..Dean & Tammy

  4. Nice looking young couple. Are they your kids? (hee, hee).

    All joking aside, nice to see you both out and about,
    enjoying life.

  5. Just happened upon your blog. Good to read that life at 62 still feels good.

  6. Norm…we have been looking all over the place for you and suddenly here’s your smiling face taking up a good portion of my computer screen!!! I can’t wait to explore the pages of your writings. I have two self-published books and more ‘in process.’ Guess those long correspondence sessions that stretched our grasp of the English language paid off for both of us. 🙂 Please, please contact us!!

  7. Loved knowing more about you! So glad that i stumbled upon you! 🙂

  8. I love you!

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