13 04, 2015

April 13th, 2015|Blog|

by Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities

8 04, 2015

When the Soul Matriculates

April 8th, 2015|Blog|

I am a fortunate man. Not only was I given the opportunity to study at the most prestigious technical school in the world -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but I also trained for a number of years at a Soto Zen Buddhist monastery: Shasta Abbey, Mt. Shasta, California. At MIT, my focus was on [...]

25 03, 2015


March 25th, 2015|Blog|

The Evolving Elder The Human Potential Movement stopped too soon. Some of the very brightest of us, the more actualized ones, were left out. Ageism, ruled the times, and that meant that the oldest, ripest members of our society were never considered. we might be better prepared for this moment if they had been. But, [...]

7 03, 2015

Reply to Steve Moran’s Full Frontal Assault on Bill Thomas

March 7th, 2015|Blog|

  Mr Moran, Sixteen years ago, on a small, energy-independent farm in upstate New York, I had the opportunity to visit with a man who was making a name for himself in the long-term care industry -- an industry where many had already branded the 40-ish, bearded advocate as "radical" and "misguided." The truth? I [...]

23 02, 2015

BOOMERS AS ROOMERS:  America’s Babies Are Coming Home

February 23rd, 2015|Blog|

After twelve years as a resident in assisted living facilities, I offer the following observations: The existing system of long-term care in this country is, in a word, broken. We cannot spend or legislate our way out of this broken system. A national system of direct intervention (i.e. caregiving) that favors a community rather than [...]

19 02, 2015


February 19th, 2015|Blog|

As part of a new tradition, each year on February 20 -- the day I entered this star system sixty-five years  ago through a portal at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York, -- I will no longer celebrate my birthday, but rather YOUR birthday and the birthdays of those individuals who, like [...]

14 02, 2015


February 14th, 2015|Blog|

  "Once more into the fray . . . Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day . . . Live and die on this day . . ." -- The Grey (Open Road Films-2011) When I first heard this poem, in 2013, read by a character played in [...]

2 02, 2015


February 2nd, 2015|Blog|

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.   Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.   It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” [for complete narrative see below]   The excerpt above was originally presented as part of the Inaugural Address Nelson Mandela delivered as President [...]

12 01, 2015

The Day The Love Of My Life Went Missing

January 12th, 2015|Ambient Despair, Assisted Living, Blog, Personal/Emotional/Spiritual, Psychology|

I still return to the mall where I last saw my wife. She was wearing a plaid skirt and blue windbreaker. I even remember the last conversation we had. We were standing outside of Florsheim Shoes and I was talking about the time I went fishing in Lake Ontario with the four nephews, and she [...]

29 12, 2014

Thoughts From My Hospital Bed

December 29th, 2014|Blog|

My hospitalization this time was my fourth this year, and a nasal swab identified the culprit as Influenza Strain "A". I spent two weeks in an ICU step-down unit, then a week in a rehab facility. With plenty of time for my mind to graze, I had a few ideas I'd like to share: (1) [...]