Forgetting Your Ex

I thought for sure I was over my ex but I’m obviously not. I still feel a strong attachment to her and it makes me sad and a little angry to see her living with someone else. By ex, of course, I’m talking about our old house. The house we lived in for 17 years.... Read more »

Are You a Good Example for Your Kids?

Are You a Good Example for Your Kids?
Our kids learn more by our actions than we parents like to admit. We want to think we can get by with “do as I say, not as I do,” but it’s our behavior they see that sets their moral compass. The Department of Psychology of Stanford University calls children “good observers” who “benefit from... Read more »

Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement

Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement
When I can get away I like to write at my local Starbucks. It’s an in-between environment: noisy, but not crazy loud. Private, sort of, with a few people to watch. I park my laptop in an out-of-the-way spot with a venti Caramel Mocha and let the ideas flow. The last few visits, my schedule... Read more »
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Seeing Red: Wear Red Day Misses Over Half of All Heart Disease

Seeing Red: Wear Red Day Misses Over Half of All Heart Disease
This Friday is National Wear Red Day. It’s the 12th annual Wear Red Day. It’s a day, according to heart.org’s press release, for “people from all walks of life” to “make a life-saving fashion statement” by raising awareness of heart disease and stroke— but only in women. I’ve got nothing against women. Honestly, they’re my... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Quadruple Bypass

Happy Birthday, Quadruple Bypass
Yesterday, my quadruple bypass turned six. It was a Monday, too, that day in 2009. At about 6:30 in the morning they wheeled me out of my room at Northwestern Hospital and down to an area decorated in a Heaven Look: white curtains, walls, lab coats, soft focus, of course, without my glasses. Techs, attendants,... Read more »

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?
Some guys feel the need to talk to you when you’re in the restroom. I have no idea why. These guys somehow don’t realize what goes on in this room, the reason we’re both there. They don’t see the imaginary line, I guess, the one at the men’s room door where all talking is supposed... Read more »
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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
When you’re born, you’re like a brand new car, pretty much, rolling off the assembly line. Okay, so the assembly line is your mother and you don’t roll off so much as you’re extruded, but you get the idea. And sure, you’re covered in gunk and nasty bodily fluids. But they take you in back,... Read more »

The Future Is Now: Where's My Flying Car?

The Future Is Now: Where's My Flying Car?
I’ve come to the sad realization that many of the cool, futuristic things I used to love to look at and fantasize about when I was a kid will ever happen. Sci-fi was big when I was a kid; Outer Space was the reigning fad. Everyone living together, peacefully, on other planets in an exciting,... Read more »

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion
I have a nearly wonderful life. Perfect? I don’t about perfect… But it’s wonderful; aspects of my life are incredibly great. Great wife and kids. Check. We downsized, sold the house; now we have no mortgage! Check. Paid off the cars, the kids’ college, pretty much, with a little left over for the next house.... Read more »
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Pluck off: taking care of ear hair

Pluck off: taking care of ear hair
I’ve started plucking ear hair. There I said it. Little sprigs sprout out lately from the tops of both ears. I didn’t see them at first because I’m blind as a bat without my glasses, have been since fourth grade, and, let’s be realistic, the tops of your ears aren’t places you check on a... Read more »