An aging humanist hanging on to the idea that there is hope for humankind — against all current indications.

Rocks in my head

My Geriatric Journal #23

“The Humanist view of life is progressive and optimistic, in awe of human potential, living without fear of judgment and death, finding enough purpose and meaning in life, love and leaving a good legacy.”
Polly Toynbee

An old man grasping at digital straws

I have been trying to produce an email newsletter The View from Villa Flores, to share my stories with friends and family who (mostly) would never read me on Medium. It’s part of my “legacy” project that includes producing paperback versions of my online books of fiction, poetry and essays…

My Geriatric Journal #22

I‘ve been really busy lately (completing and publishing a couple of books*) but I always have time for my garden. I have stopped obsessing about tomatoes and the plants have responded well to my new laidback approach. But I did wrestle with passionate passionfruit and bizarre cucumbers.

You would think…

I think it’s time to take a break

I re-read today one of my very first posts on Medium. It was in June of 2016, and it’s title, Is It Too Late?, told it all…then.

I’ve written a lot of stories since, taken a lot of photos, painted a lot of paintings, planted a lot of flowers. I’m…

In my underworld

I have many interests — too many I sometimes think. After a long academic career, I enjoyed a second full career as a magazine writer and editor. Along the way, I continued a passion for photography. My photos have been included in exhibits, featured in a National Park Service calendar…

Although in Puerto Rico it’s always summer

There’s a group on Facebook that posts photos taken during the pandemic. A single photo is accepted from each member and it must be of their view from a window or porch — with no people or pets — just the things seen outside by someone inside. There is little…

Ronald C. Flores-Gunkle

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