Category: Parenting

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK: Step 5 –The truth and lies about true love

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK:  Step 5 –The truth and lies about true love
I write my posts in the first person rather than giving advice or suggesting that my byline makes me an expert entitled to editorialize. But when it comes to love I am up there with Casanova, Lord Byron and Leo DiCaprio. So buckle up and grapple with the unblemished truth about love as it became... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK Step 4: – No buts about it

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK  Step 4: – No buts about it
My promise to the baby with the 2019 sash is to stay young at heart, regardless of the hundred and one daily reminders that I was born when the Dead Sea was still alive. It’s not easy to swim in the mainstream but if you’re finishing dinner before most people leave the office, you’re resigning... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  Step 3 – Crash your Maserati into the Jones’ Jaguar
I’m not suggesting that money is the root of all evil, although there’s a compelling case for the proposition. Having the wherewithal to live without the fear of residing in the backseat of a ’96 Pontiac is essential to one’s well-being. And surely, having some reserve past the worrisome stress of living pay check to... Read more »
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HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 2: ABANDON ALL HOPE

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 2: ABANDON ALL HOPE
Tricky word, “hope.” “I hope I win the lottery.” Harmless enough aspiration although I’ve repeated it a couple hundred times with absolutely zero results. “I hope the Bears win the Super Bowl.” Wow, this year the possibility is more than a pipe dream; it can happen. Surely there is nothing detrimental in being optimistic and... Read more »

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 1: BRAINWASHING

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 1: BRAINWASHING
Before you get carried away with scenes out of the Manchurian Candidate or imagine I’m recruiting you into a secret cult by zapping your mind with subliminal images secretly inserted within this post, slow down, this is not about me changing your way of thinking against your will. It’s about reviewing the attitudes and beliefs... Read more »

I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive

I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive
This is not a paradox. To the contrary, dying well and living well are correlated as tightly as a magical yin and yang amulet. As I grew older, I came to see how these seemingly contrary energies were complementary and interconnected. Life evolved into an equation: the closer to dying the more precious every hour... Read more »
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Reconciling to the reality that the love you feel, is not felt in return

Reconciling to the reality that the love you feel, is not felt in return
The dagger is plunged without mercy, piercing the heart. Defying your Minister of Security, you have left battlements and palisades behind and revealed yourself, naked, vulnerable, all defenses down. The wound is near fatal. The scenarios can vary. You are besotted with love for the man/woman of your wildest dreams. You are the prodigal child... Read more »

I’m 86 years old and fifty years from now I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my granddaughter’s house

I’m 86 years old and fifty years from now I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my granddaughter’s house
This is not a headline about spiking the stuffing with a psychotropic. It’s about the focus of this blog, cheating death by doing the things that give life joy and meaning. For me, of all the holidays we celebrate throughout the year, Thanksgiving is the one with the most… how shall I say it, sentimientos... Read more »

The beginning of the journey from the head to the heart

The beginning of the journey from the head to the heart
One hundred and thirty-plus posts have appeared since “Cheating Death: How to add years of joy and meaning to life,” became part of the ChicagoNow blogosphere. For the growing number of new subscribers who have added their names to the email circulation, here is a repeat of post number one, providing some insight into how... Read more »
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I am called out. I make amends. I’m not perfect.

I am called out.  I make amends.  I’m not perfect.
As we grow old we become wise, and if we’re not careful, a tad sanctimonious. I offer a polite guffaw to that upshot. I am far from perfect and if I present myself as such, the tumble will be Jack and Jill-ian. I have the bruises to make the point. At lunch with a dear... Read more »