Crow’s Feet
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Crow’s Feet

The Dark Side of Happiness

It ain’t all rainbows and unicorns.

Photo by Josh Felise on Unsplash

I am a happy old man. My happiness is not because I made it to old age or because of anything I did along the way. I’ve always been happy. I got lucky in the genetic lottery. When God dealt the cards, he gave me the happy gene.

Today I have reason to be happy. I am retired. I have a waterproof suburban home, a loving wife and an occasionally obedient dog…




“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Non-fiction pieces, personal essays and occasional poems that explore how we feel about how we age and offer tips for getting the most out of life.

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Orrin Onken

Orrin Onken

I am a retired elder law attorney who lives near Portland, Oregon. I write legal mysteries for Salish Ponds Press and articles about being old.

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