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Five Favorites: Movies with a Sports Theme

Gary the Web Guy joined me the the Connecticut Open yesterday. We talked a lot about the increasingly “noisy” world we live in, and how the RLSG could help narrow some of our choices. I see this new version of the Guide being centered around organizing these choices into manageable lists, and, it being tennis season in New […]

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Real Life Update

The Real Life Survival Guide is evolving! It started as a series of public radio shows that aired in 2007 and 2008, and again from 2011-2013. In that time, with the help of some amazing collaborators, we’ve created close to 100 hours of programming. In 2014 we took a break from producing the show, to […]

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Blog: The Lefsetz Letter

One of my favorite bloggers these days is Bob Lefsetz. Bob is ostensibly writing about the music business, but I find deep insights about life (and about being a creative professional) in a lot of his writing. I subscribe to Bob’s email newsletter, but you can read him on the web as well. I’m thinking about creating a list of […]


Quarter Day Trip: Chick’s

How do we survive (and, better yet, thrive) in the digital age? I’ve been asking myself this question since the internet started it’s growth spurt in the nineties. At the time, I was excited about the promise of the web, and its potentially limitless access to information and entertainment. Now here we are, more than […]

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Jon Crane on Personal Finance: What About The Parents?

As an occasional panelist on The Real Life Survival Guide, my role is to “get real.” So here goes. In our discussion about “surviving” being parents of college aged children our panel covered a wide array of subjects with some depth and much insight. Mostly, we talked about how to help our kids navigate through the […]


Duo Dickinson on Parenting: The Umbilical Dilemma

Everyone of a certain age remembers “In Living Color” – the great 1990’s weekly comedy TV show that helped launch the careers of the Wayans family—Kim, Shawn, Marlon, and Dwayne as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier. In one skit Jim Carrey plays a teenager who literally has not been disconnected […]

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Episode 72: Parenting College Aged Kids

This time we’ll be talking about “Parenting College Aged Kids” with an expert in the field, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale, and several parents – Duo Dickinson, Susannah Bailin, Susan Jacobs, and Jon Crane. We met over wood-fired pizza at Da Legna, a new restaurant on State Street in New Haven, and the conversation was […]


Episode 71: Grief and Loss

This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms – everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of […]