Blog Category: Gratitude

The Thanksgiving When I Lied to Thousands of People

The first Thanksgiving that I spent alone was right after I separated from my wife. By the end of that day I experienced: fear, loneliness, lying to thousands of people, and enjoying…

The first Thanksgiving that I spent alone was right after I separated from my wife. By the end of that day I experienced: fear, loneliness, lying to thousands of people, and enjoying it. I woke up and I imagined my kids saying, “Is Daddy going to be with us?” They were tiny still. They didn’t […]

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Person, Places, or Things?

My friend wanted to be a famous artist. But she said, “I can do it in Paris. I feel that will inspire me.” She had unopened paintbrushes in her apartment. Waiting to…

My friend wanted to be a famous artist. But she said, “I can do it in Paris. I feel that will inspire me.” She had unopened paintbrushes in her apartment. Waiting to be packed.  Twenty years later, she’s a computer programmer at an accounting firm in California. Another friend of mine is divorced and thinks […]

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50 Things I Did Before I Turned 50

1. Got depressed because my dad went broke, lost our home, and went insane. He’d cry all the time, ask me, “What’s wrong with me?” and listen to music until he died.…

1. Got depressed because my dad went broke, lost our home, and went insane. He’d cry all the time, ask me, “What’s wrong with me?” and listen to music until he died. 2. Got depressed because the first 10 girls I asked out didn’t like me and said no. Two actually ran away before I […]

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Don’t: The B.S. of the American Religion

I lost a friend. I didn’t tell her I got married. I didn’t tell anyone. I eloped. Later, I told people.  She wrote me, “I can’t believe you didn’t tell me.” And…

I lost a friend. I didn’t tell her I got married. I didn’t tell anyone. I eloped. Later, I told people.  She wrote me, “I can’t believe you didn’t tell me.” And she stopped talking to me. It’s a cliche to say, “Then she wasn’t really your friend.” That’s not true. I thought she was […]

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What Is the Correct Way to Live Your Life?

Is it bad I wanted to have sex with my real estate agent? It was 1999. I had a ton of money for the first time in my life and I wanted…

Is it bad I wanted to have sex with my real estate agent? It was 1999. I had a ton of money for the first time in my life and I wanted to buy an amazing apartment. Just a year earlier, I had $0. I had college debt. But I was happy with zero. Every […]

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Then On My Way To the Doctor, This Happened

At first I lied to him. The taxi driver asked what they all do, “How’s your day”. I gave the usual response. But then I realized I was about to enter into…

At first I lied to him. The taxi driver asked what they all do, “How’s your day”. I gave the usual response. But then I realized I was about to enter into a long-term relationship with this man. We were going to travel 84 blocks together. It’s bad to begin a relationship with a lie. […]

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Mouse in the Salad

A few months ago I was playing backgammon with Stephen Dubner when we saw something that was so repulsive it almost made me throw up right on the spot. And I thought…

A few months ago I was playing backgammon with Stephen Dubner when we saw something that was so repulsive it almost made me throw up right on the spot. And I thought Dubner was going to pass out because I’ve seen him do that before in situations that other people might just label “gross” and […]

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