Old Age Is No Picnic

There is absolutely no question regarding the challenges of aging. Nothing I write, have written, or will write contradicts what we experience 24/7. Old age sucks. You are reminded of its presence every waking moment. There is no escaping it. It’s at least one reason why the bed and sleeping take on such significance. It is where you try to find peace with your body and mind. Sadly this, too often, is unsuccessful.

My essays on aging will continue and occupy a good portion of the book I hope to complete before the year ends. Now, I am in the process of searching for a title. Perhaps, “Aging Sucks!” will work.  You tell me. Other sections of the book will be my usual smatterings of papers on power, leadership, relationships, the inner circle and dialogue, and who knows what else.

I obviously loved working with children, youth, and young staff.  Yet, those programs didn’t prosper by accident.  I also enjoyed working with adults and my study on power, leadership, and dialogue. I know how well this acquired knowledge has served me over the years.

The memories of the 50s and 60s are my favorites because I was a participant.  When I did workshops with professionals and entrepreneurs, they drove me to be as good a teacher as I was capable. Working with most of them meant learning for all of us and yielded some profound and lasting relationships. I am forever grateful to them.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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