Life Skills I Do Not Have #4 — Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, many celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is a public holiday and families travel across the land to reunite and celebrate the occasion together. Depending on which website you surf, anywhere from five to over 15 other countries in the world have their own version of Thanksgiving too. Not so here in … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #4 — Thanksgiving

IMD 2021 — Towards better gender relationships

What a difference a year makes to International Men's Day (IMD)! For those not in the know (and I'm guessing that's most of us!), there really is such a thing as an annual IMD, and it's happening in two days' time on Nov 19. A year ago, I wrote about IMD. At that time, I … Continue reading IMD 2021 — Towards better gender relationships

How to retire well #3 of 3: Make and keep friends!

Here's the last of my three posts on the topic of how to retire well.(Click here for posts 1 and 2) If you've stayed with me this far, a big thanks cos you're taking a big chance with someone who's still working this out! Then again, as with any life hack or self-help writeup, readers … Continue reading How to retire well #3 of 3: Make and keep friends!

How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

So last week I started this mini-series to talk about how to retire well. You do that you know, when you're like me; a man past 50, increasingly living on borrowed time! In that post, I talked about the first of three important truths I've come to embrace: If we don't want to suffer retirement … Continue reading How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

Two days from now is the annual UN International Day of Older Persons and one thing remains unchanged. Despite the inevitability of it, few of us bother to plan for the day we retire. Until recently, I would include myself in that unfortunate lot. Why unfortunate? Studies show many of us who fail to plan … Continue reading How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Two days from now is World Suicide Prevention Day, observed every 10 September. With one in 100 deaths globally a suicide, and the far higher number of loved ones impacted by it, suicide is undeniably a serious life-and-death matter that needs to be addressed and discussed more. After all, it ought to be the one … Continue reading Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Life Hack Book Review #3 — Living the non-linear life

In a recent post, I referenced award-winning author and TV personality Bruce Feiler and his excellent book The Council of Dads (2010). While adding in my post an Amazon link to the book, I stumbled upon one of his more recent works (published last year); the subject of this, my fourth and latest life hack … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #3 — Living the non-linear life

Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

The pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended three days ago, but I suspect we're still not grasping its significance. The world argued for months whether it should proceed or not, given that the pandemic showed no signs of relenting. Many who were for it were clearly pleased that the Olympics' governing body (the IOC) held fast … Continue reading Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Ever since Avengers Endgame, I've taken to telling my sons each night before bedtime that I love them "3,000". Those who watched the film will know what I mean. {For those who didn't, stay with me til the end of this post and I'll tell you.} Since they were babies, I've always tucked my boys … Continue reading A “council of wise men” for my sons?