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Sid’s Sense- Portrait of a Passionate Life

A grandfather speaks to his youngest grandchild about how to lead a good life.

Dear Chloe,

At 15 you are my youngest grandchild and at 85 I am your oldest Papa.

You love to put sentences on paper and so do I.

So here’s some advice for whatever it’s worth.

How do you live the good life?

Be lucky enough to enjoy good genes, never smoke, eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise and don’t gain weight.

Wear your seat belt and don’t drink or text when you drive.

You can’t avoid stress but you can control how you react to stress.

Eat the elephant one bite at a time and keep taking steps forward and you’ll get to where you want to go.

Surround yourself with people who know how to love themselves so they know how to love you.

Make enough money so you can save 10% and buy what you need as long as you can pay cash for it.

And hunt for a passion that makes the money so you’ll learn the value of compound interest.

Keep your eyes open, your ears open, and above all, your heart and mind open and my dear Chloe, you will enjoy the good life.

With all my love,

Papa Sidney

Silly, crazy love:)


This concludes the “Sid’s Sense” series but the lessons will live on for generations.


View entire Sid’s Sense series.

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." Clarence Budington Kelland

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  1. DonnaK #

    Yipes, no more “Sid’s Sense” series? !! I haven’t read your blog for a few days and look what happen. Sid, you have a jillion humorous happenings ending with a life lesson. Please reconsider and have Susan write more.

    July 4, 2012
  2. DonnaK #

    PS: In the photo, are you and family walking away in the Keystone, Colorado area? We all should thank the firemen-women who have given so much. Hopefully, Mother Nature returns the Rockies to their original beauty within ten years or more and that many in the Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins areas can rebuild their lives within a reasonable time.

    July 4, 2012

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