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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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My 7 Most Significant Life Lessons of 2007

Why does this post seem like a confession? Maybe because it catalogs the major events of my life over the last 12 months in an effort to capture everything I learned during that time. What follows are some of the most important life lessons I’ve ever learned, and if you want to learn them too (insomuch as one is capable …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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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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Tyler Durden’s Top 5 Tips for Living

Being a typical Generation X male, it’s no wonder I’ve always loved the movie Fight Club. Here we have Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, all lean muscle and crazy blue eyes, smiling like a shark, raging against the great dark plagues of his generation: Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy [things] we …Continue reading →

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21 Critical Life Lessons You Didn’t Learn in School

If someone doesn’t take us aside and teach us a few things (assuming we’d listen) before we graduate high school, we are doomed to learn life’s hardest lessons in the real world beyond the classroom. With that in mind, here are 21 non-academic lessons every person should know before he or she graduates high school; if you graduated long ago (as I did), this list …Continue reading →

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Reading Road Signs on the Highway of Life

A good friend of mine once gave me a bit of advice I’d like to pass along to you. We were sitting in his kitchen at two in the morning, knocking back beers and talking about women. I’d spent the previous half-hour telling him terrible secrets about my love life: I couldn’t trust the woman I loved, and my relationship …Continue reading →

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7 Ways to Increase Your Self-Esteem

Last week, a couple of readers asked if I had any tips for increasing self-esteem. So that’s what we’re going to talk about today – how to raise your self-esteem.

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