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A Moment Of Perspective

This never-ending news cycle leaves us overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. We easily lose sight of what is most important and our priorities become unbalanced. Then, life hands us a moment of perspective. Update 12 June 2018: It is with great sadness we report that Andrew passed on around noon eastern …

What Shutdown? 10 Things You Can Still Do

While avoiding the politics of a partial government shutdown, the day-to-day for the majority of us is unaffected. Here we are, the United States government is in partial shutdown mode. Not a full and complete shutdown, mind you. Social Security checks still go out. Medicaid still gets paid. FBI, Secret …

Rachel Held Evans On Sexual Abuse & Patriarchy In The Church

Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) went on a Twitter rant in response to the standing ovation a Memphis megachurch pastor received after admitting he had sexually assaulted a teenager. Let’s be very clear from the beginning that I don’t know Rachel Held Evans. I know she has authored three books: Searching …

Exclusive: Expert 2018 Grammy Picks

Grammy® Award nominees represent the best of the previous year’s music but the Old Man found he recognized few of them. So, experts were called in to help. January is here which means that awards season is upon us. 2017 saw a lot of artistic offerings across all the major …

The Fairness Doctrine We Need Now

We cannot discuss the inequality in society until we address the unfairness ingrained by thousands of years of history. “That’s not fair!” We hear those words almost every day. If one has children, the sentence is likely screamed rather than merely stated. A sense of fairness is instilled in all …

Reading List: Authors Who Died in 2017

When authors die they leave behind a piece of themselves in each book, making them immortal. This is the time of year when we see the Internet is filled with a lot of lists, most of which are rather useless. Do we really benefit from re-hashing the year’s top ten …

Navigating Holiday Events When You’re Not A Social Person

Hopefully, we respect ourselves enough to know that we are dynamic people who can’t be described adequately in one sentence. —Darrah Brustein ,  [email protected] You’ve been in this situation before: Someone you don’t want to disappoint has invited you to a holiday party full of people you don’t know and aren’t totally convinced …

Surviving The Holidays Without Hurting Anyone

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. —John Clayton I strongly dislike Black Friday and holiday sales in general. I find the greed sickening and the false notion that one is helping the economy is grossly ignorant. The economy …

Why Black Friday Needs To Not Happen (NSFW)

The days of waiting in line all night for a chance at a bargain need to be over.   [Note: The following article was originally published at Charles I. Letbetter Creative about this time last year, which is why some of the image content is NSFW. They kindly gave us …

White House Announces Surveillance Program, Resignations

NOTICE: THIS IS SATIRE, NOT THE NEWS We know the headline grabbed your attention but we want to be extremely clear: what follows is satire, not the news. We want you to share the article, but please make sure everyone knows this is satire, not the news. There is enough of a …

How To Survive Being Single Without Starving

Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup. -Henry James My mother started early teaching me how to cook. She was convinced, even when I was a child, that I would likely grow up to be single and alone. Fortunately, at least for the larger portion of …

God Isn’t Real But Santa Claus Is Bringing Presents

“On a busy day twenty-two thousand people come to visit Santa, and I was told that it is an elf’s lot to remain merry in the face of torment and adversity. I promised to keep that in mind.” ― David Sedaris Living with a seven-year-old around this time of year …

Does My Relationship Give You The Creeps?

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” –Actor Clint Eastwood to his wife, Dina Relationships are really big in the news rights now, specifically dysfunctional and largely illegal relationships. I hadn’t wanted to comment on any of the mess in Hollywood or New York or anywhere else because anything I …

Finding Focus In A Blurred World

How strongly are we influenced by what we hear, what we see, and what we experience without ever actually giving the matter direct thought? Is there such a thing as an original thought any more or is everything merely a re-interpretation of what someone else created? [ed. note:  The Old …

Time Is Up For America’s Malls

“I think now, we think of malls as these things that double as minimum security prisons or something because they’re so boring to visit and so walled in, and now they’re not the cool, new place to be.” -Jan Rogers Kniffen I remember the first mall I ever visited. Woodland …

Surviving Mornings When You’re Not A Morning Person

I am not a morning person. Not even close. If it were up to me, my day would start somewhere around 10:00 and ease into work mode somewhere around noon. I start slow. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually been able to follow …

Naked Dining Might Solve Our Gun Violence Issues

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, a couple who survived the attack said. [Source] Naked dining doesn’t sound like it has a damn thing to do …

5 Films Someone Needs To Make Right Now

Everyone loves a good movie. In fact, the whole concept of Dudeism centers around The Big Lebowski and the character of The Dude. There’s just one problem with all these movies we’ve been watching our entire lives: they’re male-dominated. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with the guys, there are …

When Real Life Mimics A Television Series

Frankie Bergstein: What brand would you smoke if your husband turned out to be gay? Clerk: Uh, Newports? Frankie Bergstein: For 20 years? Clerk: Lucky’s. If you’re one of those people who has never been exposed to the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, you are living a deprived life. The …

Do Halloween Ads Actually Sell Anything?

Scare tactics from Mars to Burger King. Source: The Scariest, Freakiest and Funniest Halloween Ads of 2017 – Adweek Holiday ads, in general, are special beasts in the advertising world. Budgets are larger and there is more expected from them. Therefore, they tend to be more creative, more effort is …

AI Could Be What Makes All Lives More Chill — Or Not

Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained on Twitter that his self-driving cars will be able to predict your destination without you having to say a word, thanks to AI. Source: Elon Musk: Tesla’s Cars Will be Able to Predict Your Destination Everyone I know, at least the ones that still talk …

Claiming This Blog On Bloglovin’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Yes, this is one of those housekeeping things we have to do to spread the word about The Old Man Talking. It’s not really that big a deal; the amount of digital space taken is quite minimal and the post itself is unobtrusive enough that we …

Raising Children With Skills To Succeed

There may not be anything more important to ensure future success than to adopt world-class habits and perfect them daily. Source: 4 Habits the Highly Successful Have Mastered hildren. Raise your hand if you have some. Yes, the one with the drink in it is fine. I probably have mentioned …

I’m Only Leaving Home For The Fun Stuff

ne of the joys of living when we do is that modern conveniences, particularly the Internet, make it increasingly possible to not have to leave home when we don’t want to. This is important because part of abiding well means being able to spend long hours in meditation and contemplation …

Say It Loud, Say It Clear — Better Writing in the Age Of Abiding 

Entertain, don’t be afraid of a bit of filth, but be cautious with your XXXs – the essential guide to getting your message across while avoiding the pitfalls of communication Source: Don’t press send … The new rules for good writing in the 21st century Writing is an essential part …

Addiction Ruins Everyone’s Chill Even If You’re Not The One Addicted

“It’s everywhere. It bugs the hell out of me when chefs have this rock-and-roll image. It’s all bullshit,” the Fox TV chef told the Cannes TV market. Source: MIPCOM: Gordon Ramsay Says Cocaine Ruining Restaurant Business | Hollywood Reporter Drugs. I have to say up front that on a primary …

Pizza Toppings, Neanderthals, And The Ability To Chill

Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of movement. Tao te Ching, 26 eanderthals would probably have not liked pineapple on their pizza and that’s why they’re extinct. Sort of. Not exactly, mind you. Although Neanderthals did presumptively occupy parts of what is now Italy so I guess …

Perhaps We Should Redefine American Holidays

e were shopping in our friendly neighborhood warehouse store yesterday and the Young Woman commented on the Christmas decorations that were already prevalent even before Halloween. Not that either of us was actually surprised. Holiday creep in store marketing has been a thing for decades as retailers try to extend …

Overcoming the stigma attached to mental health

Many can’t see the benefit of speaking up. Source: Most people think there is a stigma attached to mental health at work – Business Insider I’m going to keep this one fairly short because a) this is an area where advice is best left to experts, and b) there’s plenty of …

Finding Solutions To The Problems We Create

If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top nonpartisan priority to address our nation’s nutrition crisis. –Dariush Mozaffarian, Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University There are so many hot-button issues on which I want to voice my opinion that I …

Responding to the Whiner In Chief

Among all the character flaws one might attribute to the 45th president of the United States, one of the most annoying is that he is a chronic whiner. Almost every time he takes to Twitter it is for the express purpose of whining and complaining about one thing or the …

Pornhub Users Are Exchanging Food Recipes And Cooking Tips On The Adult Website

The website is becoming quite educational. Source: Pornhub Users Are Exchanging Food Recipes And Cooking Tips On The Adult Website – DesignTAXI.com I can hear the excuse flying now. Spouse discovers Pornhub listed in the browser history and confronts their significant other, “You’ve been watching porn, haven’t you?” Defensively, the …

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye

September was not a kind month. Let’s take a moment to consider what all happened, in no particular order. At least 70 known deaths from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area. This doesn’t count the deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi nor deaths that occurred after the storm as a …

Distraction Destroys Even The Most Noble Protests

People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody. -Colin Kaepernick Much of the United States has seen one protest right after another for more than a year now. There …

This Saturday, an invisible rogue planet will NOT bring about the Rapture

A Christian researcher has blended theories about Planet X and the eclipse and decided that the world ends Saturday Source: This Saturday, an invisible rogue planet will bring about the Rapture . . . maybe – Salon.com There are fools everywhere and there is always someone wanting to push for …

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie” Was Supposed To Be Black

“I don’t know why (it was changed). It’s a great pity.” Liccy Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow There is so much about children’s literature that we love. We identify with the characters and sometimes even take on some of their traits. We look at how they solve the problems in their …

Nun With A Chainsaw Becomes Symbol Of Post-Irma Cleanup: ‘She Rocks’

When downed trees blocked the road near Sister Margaret Ann’s school in southwest Miami-Dade County, she grabbed a chainsaw and got to work. Source: Nun With A Chainsaw Becomes Symbol Of Post-Irma Cleanup: ‘She Rocks’ : The Two-Way : NPR   There’s a lesson here, dudes. When a tree falls …

#StupidQuestionsFor [deity of your choice] 

  Source: (38) #StupidQuestionsForJesus hashtag on Twitter Twitter games are an interesting and often fun way to pass the time, especially when this Old Man is between some of the most boring fashion shows he’s ever seen. Seriously, New York Fashion Week blows chunks in just about every direction this …

Is All This Suffering Really Necessary?

Hey, dudes! We’re glad you could join us again. I’ve been worried about some of you down in Florida and want to make sure those of you in Georgia and Alabama stay safe as well. Let’s get things started with an appropriately named playlist while you read. Let it get …

There Is A Park Full Of Giant Penises In South Korea

Insert penis pun. NSFWish. Source: There Is A Park Full Of Giant Penises In South Korea With Hurricane Irma bearing down hard on Florida, I thought we needed something to divert our attention for a moment. You’ll want to click the source link above to read the full story. As …