Journey Overcoming Shyness
Mar11

Journey Overcoming Shyness

   The original posting of this article was in the context of shyness in dating. The dating parts were kept in. Hopefully, this article can help those with shyness issues in general.    When we were children, adults excused shyness as an endearment of youth. Many of us, as we got older, confused shyness with humility. Older yet, many now perceive it as feebleness, weakness, unfriendliness, social discomfort, or unsocial behavior.  ...

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Eat Like a King and Lose Weight
Mar08

Eat Like a King and Lose Weight

     Now that Spring is upon us, it’s time to start losing that Winter excess.  (Here’s a rewriting of my article first published in 2010.) There’s an old but true saying – that if you want to lose weight, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”    Okay, so let’s start with the King’s breakfast. The ultimate cold-weather breakfast is cooked...

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A Caveman’s Guide to Homemade Italian in Just 20 Minutes!
Mar05

A Caveman’s Guide to Homemade Italian in Just 20 Minutes!

In this busy world, so few of us have the time to make Italian gravy the good old-fashioned way; where we can let the flavors simmer for hours.  Years ago, my old friend Peter M. shared a trick to prepare a quick red sauce and have it taste as if it was cooked the day before.  In this article you will learn this technique. I called this article, “A Caveman’s Guide…” because Circle and Spear was originally a...

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Grandpa’s Rules For Dating
Mar04

Grandpa’s Rules For Dating

Years ago, while we sat together on the front porch, Grandpa suddenly felt the urge to impart to my brother and me his “rules for dating.” At the time, he was 81 years young and still active on “the dating scene.” A little background on Grandpa, affectionately known as “Pop.” Grandma had passed away some thirty years before. He loved her and would say that he had never met a woman so grand. Since...

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What If You Don’t Like Your Kid’s Friend?
Mar02

What If You Don’t Like Your Kid’s Friend?

On Super Bowl Sunday, my wife and I sat in the company of two other sets of parents while our kids watched the Puppy Bowl. The Puppy Bowl is apparently a harmless attempt, using anthropomorphism, to make puppies appear to be in competition.  During events, someone remarked on how nicely our children were all getting along. One of the dads volunteered that his daughter had a friend at school who is quite condescending and rude to her....

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