56 Observations and Free Advice About Life for No Good Reason

Alex Greenwood
5 min readJun 5, 2024
© 2024 J. Alexander Greenwood
  1. When I was a kid, a Flintstones chewable was cool and tasty. As I get older, a standard-sized supplement threatens to choke me to death.

2. People who aggressively race past me to get to a stoplight perplex me. Gas mileage at a stoplight is zero.

3. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

4. Greenwood’s Corollary: Be nice, but do not be a doormat.

5. The music I liked when I was in high school still has the power to move me. Photos of me dancing to said music have the power to move that photo to a shredder pronto.

6. I looked like my mom until I was in my thirties. Now in my fifties, I look like my dad after a dubious hair transplant.

7. Being a dad is just about the only thing I haven’t screwed up in my life. (Not that my life is bad — but man oh man, the failures!)

8. Failure is how we learn. Ignoring the lessons of failures causes more failure.

9. I try very hard not to “sweat the small stuff,” and a functioning democracy is NOT small stuff.

10. I despise “psychics” and “mediums” who profess the ability to speak to the dead. The dead already know how I feel about them — no charge. (In other words, tell people you…



Alex Greenwood

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