Welcome to life.

I call this book LIFE 101 because it contains all the things I had learned about life in school but, for the most part, did not.

After twelve (or more) years of schooling, we know how to figure the square root of an isosceles triangle (invaluable in daily life), but we might not know how to forgive ourselves and others.

We know what direction migrating birds fly in autumn, but we’re not sure which way we want to go.

We have dissected a frog, but perhaps have never explored the dynamics of human relationships.

We know who wrote “To be or not to be, that is the question,” but we don’t know the answer.                    

We know what pi is, but we’re not sure who we are.

We may know how to diagram a sentence, but we may not know how to love ourselves.

That our educational system is not designed to teach us “the secrets of life” is no secret. In school we learn everything-except how to live.

Maybe that’s the way it should be. Unraveling life’s “mysteries” and discovering life’s “secrets” (which are, in fact, neither mysterious or secretive) may take the courage and determination found only in self-motivated pursuit.

You probably already know there’s more to life than reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.  I’m glad you learned reading, of course, or you wouldn’t be able to read this book. I’m also glad I learned ‘riting (such as it is).

And ‘rithmetic? Well, as Mae West once said,  “One and one is two, two and two are four, and five’ll get you ten if you know how to work it.” That’s what this book is about: knowing how to work it, and having fun along the way.

Although a lot can be learned from adversity, most of the lessons can be learned through enjoyment and laughter. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had more than enough adversity. (After graduating from