Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Searching for the Secret Passageway to Success

It may be a little late in life to search for the secret passageway of success, but I’m searching nonetheless. And I’m picking up some pretty fascinating, if improbable clues. … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Surreal Reflections on the Death Penalty

John Kitzhaber sat in his Capitol office surrounded by bulky, temporary telephone lines. It was early autumn, leaves were falling and days were growing shorter. But for the governor in … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

My Personal Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump, To be totally upfront, I didn’t vote for you, I don’t agree with most of your policies and, truth be told, I don’t really like you. But … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Random Acts of Humanity

Five random recent news accounts tell a very different story about immigrants, including refugees from Syria and Somalia, than the storyline lurking behind the Trump administration travel ban. Many refugees know … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Your Own Obituary Before Someone Else Does

As your age inches toward a number that begins with a 7, thoughts of mortality naturally arise. Especially when your wife suggests that I start working on my own obit. “You’re … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Role Model for Women; Eye-Opener for Men

The late Mary Tyler Moore undeniably influenced generations of young women who watched her throw her hat into the air and her heart into a career. Less obviously, she also … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Got (Too Much) Milk?

Getting milk used to be a lot easier. As a kid, all I had to do was go out on the porch and retrieve glass quart bottles of milk delivered to … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment