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Have your story published if you can but don’t expect a huge advance from a big publisher; that might be nice if it happened but it rarely does. indd 42 15/06/2007 15:33:58 A Little Guide for Grumpy Old Men like historic societies, civic societies and so on. If there are none of these in your town, then give copies to the library, where they will be available to researchers forever. indd 43 15/06/2007 15:33:58 How to be a Happy Old Man national. It is difficult to find pictures of everyday life during the last World War for instance, partly because films were hard to get and also because, as in so many times, nobody thought of recording the ordinary details of life.

Who is interested? Your family and friends first, but also future historians. indd 41 15/06/2007 15:33:58 How to be a Happy Old Man day life in any historical period. Historians drool over the personal stories of long gone people. Have your story published if you can but don’t expect a huge advance from a big publisher; that might be nice if it happened but it rarely does. indd 42 15/06/2007 15:33:58 A Little Guide for Grumpy Old Men like historic societies, civic societies and so on. If there are none of these in your town, then give copies to the library, where they will be available to researchers forever.

As we get older things take longer to do and life fills with day-to-day things. Breakfast can take a couple of hours and suddenly it’s time for coffee. indd 53 15/06/2007 15:33:59 How to be a Happy Old Man after which it’s lunch time, then there’s a nap – see how boring it gets? We need regular and irregular breaks when there are other things to do. Try to balance routine and change. Occasional revolutions might help. indd 54 15/06/2007 15:33:59 A Little Guide for Grumpy Old Men W ORK tends to expand to fill the time available.

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