What Almost Happened

If it hadn’t been for the response of my 7-year-old son, my 4-year-old daughter might have perished on our swing set just before dinnertime yesterday. Seriously. Luke saved Sally’s life. Luke is my hero, and I owe him more than I will ever be able to express.

7 Gripes I Have With The World

Life, overall, is pretty sweet. Aging turns out not to be the demon I feared. Largely, I’m happy and healthy and know how to throw the car in reverse for those times when I’m not. But on a recent nasty commute home, I thought of 7 things that would so sincerely improve life for midlifers…

Tips for Kids with Big Dreams

One of every five adults are procrastinators, and college students are even worse—70 percent of them put off tasks, according to a DePaul University study. At just 11 years old, Walter Levin knows that is not the way to get things done. “Both kids and adults need to set goals and then get into the…

Four Ways to Reduce College Costs in High School

(Family Features)—College is a significant investment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education. Outstanding student loan debt has now reached $1.2 trillion, according to 2013 estimates from…

Exploiting the American Prom

Exclusive Excerpt from: “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” by Tom Purcell Proms sure have gotten expensive these days. According to the San Jose Mercury News, high school kids spend nearly $4 billion annually for dresses, accessories, flowers, beauty products, limos and other prom-related items. The average couple spends upward…

6 Signs Your Retirement Plan is in Trouble

After the 2008 economic meltdown, when the stock market fell 37 percent, veteran financial advisor Curt Whipple says he met with clients from outside financial institutions who’d lost 50 to 60 percent of their portfolio in a single year. “Almost no one foresaw what happened that year, and I doubt very much that many will…

America’s Exotic Pet Obsession Is Out Of Control

Nearly two-thirds of Americans own at least one cat or dog, and that’s considered an accepted cultural practice. But exotic pet ownership is seen as much more controversial, and yet it’s estimated that millions of these wild animals are in private possession in the U.S., according to Born Free USA. “Wild Obsession: The perilous attraction…

Phone Lost, Friends Found

LOS ANGELES — If you’re reading this, I’m sorry I didn’t get your name, but I wish to thank you for returning the cellphone I left in your taxi. Moreover, I want to explain how you and several others at LAX provided a refresher course in good nature. Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle This was…

Renovate for Rent

A year and a half ago, my (then) wife and I realized the inevitable: we needed to get a divorce. While it was mutual and we are the best of friends, I was suddenly faced with the reality of having to find a place to live suitable for myself and (more i…

How To Treat Poison Ivy, Naturally

From Mother Nature Network’s Jennifer Nelson: The easiest way to ruin your day in the outdoors is to meet up with a thatch of poison ivy or poison oak. Skin contact with the leaves, stems and roots of these ubiquitous plants spells an itchy, blister-filled, painful rash that can last one to three weeks depending…

Downsizing? How To Avoid A Family Feud

Sorry, Tolstoy. Your famous observation at the start of Anna Karenina needs an update for the today’s “aging Boomers.” Let’s try it my way: “All happy downsizing families are alike; each unhappy downsizing family is unhappy in its own way.” Seriously, it isn’t easy for families to shrink their footprint or split the goods, attached…

6 Tips to Gain the Edge and Meet Your Goals

Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals, says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt. “Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible student and was…