LIFE’S LESSONS
“A Successful Collection of Failures”

Sample Stories

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements
Preface
Family Tree
PART ONE - TED AND HIS FAMILY
1. LIFE WITH MY PARENTS
Dessert
Customer Loyalty
New Pets
Food for the Hungry Mathematicians
Christmas Cake
Small Treasures
Renovating the Garage
Home Improvements
A Serious Talk
Mother on Vacation
Slipping Away
2. AT HOME WITH MY SIBLINGS
Greg and Ted's Vacation
Eyes in the Dark
Tunnel Vision
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Parachuting
Flying Lessons
Tomatoes at Stake
Planning Dinner
A Trip to Toronto Island
Telephone Tale
Upgrades (Not Scholastic)
Only Eight Lives to Go
Pumpkin Pie
Lynn's Horse
Table Talk
Seventh Heaven
3. AT THE LODGE
Working Like a Dog
Another St. Bernard
Hand Lawnmowers
The Algonquin
The Race
The Garden
The Golf Club
4. CAMPING
Mother Needs to Know
The Proper Use of a Headband
Finding Our Way
Night Attire
Protection in the Wild
Amphibians
The General Store
Cold Feet
5. ON THE ROAD
Memories
Courting
Clear Lake
Water-skiing
6. FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Cottage Bliss
Pie in the Sky
Short Visit
Port Dover
Smalltalk Anyone ?
Ted's Favourite Pie
Fruit Stand
7. MY THREE SONS
Richard
Milkman
Sunday Dinner
Easter Celebrations
Richard Be Nimble, Steven Be Quick
The Go-cart
The Contest
Steven
Safely Hidden
The Wager
The Facts of Life
The Naturalist
The Fire Within
A Study of Dynamics
The Dad Who Knew Too Much
Steven Buys a Pizza
Steven Rents a Video
Jamie
I Spy
Buried Treasure
Playing Games
The Collector
Jamie The Philosopher
8. MORE PEOPLE, MORE PETS
A Decent Proposal
Fun in the Sun
Blown Away
Cheese Grinder
Intuition
Soup
Chocolates
Bread Pudding
9. CLOSING: PART ONE
PART TWO - RICK AND HIS FAMILY
1. LIFE WITH MY SIBLINGS
Monsters Under the Bed
Passing the Time
Three's the Limit !!!
Table Tennis
Faster ! Faster !
Out of Gas
2. MY FRIENDS
The Picnic
A Hot Time at Home
Counting Traffic
3. THE AMAZING RICK FEARNLEY
Egg Salad Telethons
Under the Canvas
Midnight Madness
Carrey On
The Trial
Vertigo and Vomit
Flight for Pride
4. LIFE AFTER THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS
Egg Nog
Could You Give Me a Push ?
The Chandelier
Neon Lights
Fit for a King
The Laser Show
Concert Time
The Dimmer
Rush Hour
Belts in the Bush
Night Service
5. FAMILY AND FRIENDS
A Tale of Two Ties
New Clothes
Cottage Road
A Shot in the Dark
Tennis Anyone ?
Call Waiting
The Life Preserver
The Birthday Party
The Laundromat
6. MY THREE CHILDREN
Rachel
The Milk Train
The Cutting Edge
Listen to Your Mommy
The Move
Andrew
Gone Fishing
Bumping Heads
Tuberboy
Hooked on Fishing
Jaclyn
Mother Beware
Table for Ten
7. CLOSING: PART TWO
EPILOGUE
INDEX of LIFE LESSONS

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