Life Lessons in the Real World

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Life Lessons from a Cranky Old Man

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve told sad stories. So today, I’m going to mix it up and tell a good old-fashioned Tale of the Strange and Bizarre, 100% true (like all the stories on this site) and chock full of valuable life lessons for your enjoyment and edification. Proving once again that life’s most important lessons can arrive …Continue reading →


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Jason’s Story: Life Lessons from a Tragedy

Jason’s story is the saddest story I know. I’m sharing Jason’s story only because I believe the life lessons involved in this story are worth talking about. Before you read any further, it’s only fair to warn you that this is a long post that contains some very sad subject matter. But as with my last post, there are lessons …Continue reading →


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How to Learn from Your Parents, Even if They Weren’t The Greatest

I want to tell you a story about my father. The story is sad, but hopeful. And if you can tolerate the sorrow, my hope is that you’ll come away from this article with a greater appreciation for all the wonderful things you can learn from your parents, no matter how you feel about the way they raised you. But …Continue reading →


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10 Ways to Impress Your Lady this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is right around the corner. And since most guys procrastinate when it comes to planning for this particular holiday (and most holidays, if we’re being honest), I want to issue a friendly wake-up call to all the men out there: If Valentine’s day is important to your partner, it should be important to you too. Whenever I say …Continue reading →

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The Road to Happiness has a Fork in it!

Yes, the road to happiness has a fork in it. And no, I’m not talking about the type of fork you eat with, although I suppose one of those might be involved for some people (this is off topic, but I’m thinking it’s time for me to start a new diet). What I’m talking about are two distinct roads, each …Continue reading →

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How to Stop Being Envious of Other People

Do you find yourself envious of other people? Do these feelings of envy affect the way you feel about yourself? About others? If you answered yes to any of these questions (and especially if you answered yes to all three), listen up: you’re wasting your potential; squandering your happiness. Let’s talk about how you can put envy behind you forever …Continue reading →

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How to Stand up to Your Mother when You’re 42 Years Old

Last week, a new reader of mine left a comment saying, “Perhaps at some point in the future, you could write an article on how to stand up to your mother when you’re 42 years old.” I thought it was a good idea for an article. So here it is. In many ways, this subject is alien to me. Neither …Continue reading →


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7 Ways to Be a Better Spouse/Partner

Yesterday, I found out that a friend of mine is going through a divorce. The news of his pending divorce started me thinking about how fragile certain relationships can be, and about how important they are to our happiness and wellbeing. I personally am a product of divorce. My parents split up when I was 7, and I grew up …Continue reading →

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7 Common Sense Love Lessons that Could Save Your Life

During the past week, I’ve been watching a young relative of mine go through her first painful break-up. She’s 16 years old. Her boyfriend is her whole world. Her heart is breaking. Many years ago, when I was 16, I too was involved in a painful relationship. And because I wanted so badly for the relationship to work, I allowed …Continue reading →

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Life Lessons from the Ghost of Christmas Past

If you’re lucky, you come from a family that expresses lots of love and warmth during the holiday season. If you’re not lucky, your family might be something like mine. Listen, I love my family. But every time we all get together for the holidays (brothers, sisters, grandmothers, nieces, nephews), someone always has too much egg nog, says something stupid, …Continue reading →


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