About WLW

W. Lincoln Wagenhals

I’ve had a good education – University of Washington in Seattle and law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I’ve been in the military – served three years. I’ve  worked all my life, including practicing law in Colorado until I retired in 1998 and moved to Monterey, California. I like to read and keep up with things. And this continuing tech revolution leaves me in awe.

I’m 81. America loves its youth and pretty much ignores the “elderly.”  But in the case of the “elderly,” America doesn’t know what’s up.

I’ll communicate the beauty and wonder that I, and many others, experience. I have many worthwhile comments to share and interesting stories to tell. My right to free speech and access to the internet affords me the unique opportunity to share my thoughts with others.

Sophocles expressed it centuries ago: “There’s no man that loves life like the old man.”  I encourage young people to read and join in the fun and the learning. Let me assure you, if your good fortune continues to hold, you’ll be old and 80+ all too soon.

Life and this great Country have been good to me – hence the use of the “High Five.” The following underlie the spirit, basic tone, and wonder I’ll express in the blogs I will post here:

  • To live is so startling it leaves time for little else. (Dickinson)
  • What a miserable thing life is:  you’re living in clover, only the clover isn’t good enough. (Brecht)
  • I enjoy writing and trying to keep the words to a minimum – one-liners, a paragraph, and for certain, no more than one page – I’ve mentioned Mark Twain and his line: I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
  • It is better to wear out than rust out. (Cumberland)
  • The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to one for what’s said in writing, not for silence, nor for what one keeps to themselves. (W. Lincoln Wagenhals)

Winston Churchill offers another guideline to establishing this website/blog: “Words are the only things that last forever.” Will anything I post “last forever”? Only time will tell.