In My Next Life: Tales from our European Vacation

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(Editor's Note: This is a continuation of a series about writer/producer David Nichols' adventures in his next life.) BY DAVID NICHOLS They say if you’re going to steal, steal from the best. So allow me to pilfer these words from A Tale Of Two … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: The Trials and Tribulations of Skinny Legs

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BY DAVID NICHOLS Lately I’ve been checking out other guys quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong. Things are fine between N. and me. It’s not that I’m contemplating…a lifestyle change. I’m just interested in how my physique compares to the average man … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: A Norman Rockwell twist at Easter

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BY DAVID NICHOLS You have to admit the Easter story is a darn good one. I’m not talking about the one where a giant rabbit goes all over the world dropping off baskets full of eggs and green plastic grass. Frankly that story doesn’t even make … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: Old Life Meet New Life

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BY DAVID NICHOLS “It’s kind of hard to explain,” says My Beautiful Grown Daughter, referring to Delaney and me. “When the two of them get together it’s like…” Her voice takes on a searching quality, as if she’s just returned from studying some … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: Living the real difference of boys and girls

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BY DAVID NICHOLS Boys and girls are different. I don’t know how else to put it. I think there’s some French phrase that expresses the idea much more lyrically, and after N. and The Boy and I make our planned trip to Paris this summer I might be … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: Cleaning house, facing rats and other homeowner ills

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BY DAVID NICHOLS As it turns out, 2009 was the Saddam Hussein of calendar years. I don’t know anybody who was sorry to see it go. In fact, if there was footage on YouTube of last year being blindfolded and hung I suspect it’d rank right up there … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: Re-Inventing Christmas Traditions

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BY DAVID NICHOLS Christmas will be different, and thank God.  Over the years my late wife, My Beautiful Grown Daughter, and I developed several holiday traditions, as most families do.  They served us well, and the first year that the two of us were … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: “The Test” for over 50 (you know the one)

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BY DAVID NICHOLS I used to be pretty good.  I went to our family doctor for a physical every year.  He’d take some blood, then poke and prod me while we both complained about the insurance companies.  A couple of weeks later he’d call me and say, … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: Showering like a Swan and the Identity Learning Curve

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BY DAVID NICHOLS Ten years ago, when my Beautiful Grown Daughter was in elementary school it was called “Grandparents Day.” Pretty straightforward. Lots of respectably graying men and women trooped onto campus to sample muffins, orange juice, and … [Read more...]

In My Next Life: A saga about a tuxedo, getting dressed and the right detergent

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BY DAVID NICHOLS Pioneer environmentalist and noted cranky-boots Henry David Thoreau once said “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”  Now I don’t know that he was addressing himself to middle-aged widowers who’ve dared to start a new … [Read more...]