Rubber Soul was released in America on 6 December 1965.  I was 15 years-old and heard the first songs from it on the radio in my family’s car.  I was home from prep school for Christmas vacation.  I got the album as a gift from Santa at Christmas and I have ever since associated it with the holidays.  It was like a magical present from the Beatles to me personally, and it was a nice present to the Beatles from themselves — it entered the U. S. album charts on Christmas Day and stayed there for 59 weeks, topping the charts for six weeks starting on 8 January.


If you’ve reached the age of sixty, you’ve lived long enough.  You’ve lived twenty years longer than John Lennon, two years longer than George Harrison.  If you’re sixty, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to take your leave of this world — something George Harrison started thinking about long before he died at fifty-eight.

At sixty, you’ve tasted joys in this world beyond imagining — making love, doing good work of one sort or another, for at least a few moments, seeing awesome wonders, like the Grand Canyon or The Empire State Building or Willie Mays playing center field.  It’s more than you ever deserved — so start thinking about checking out with some grace and gratitude.

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