How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew

How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew

Erin Bried

Language: English

Pages: 191

ISBN: 0345525094

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved ones. They also know how to have a rollicking good time.

Sensible, fun, and inspiring, How to Build a Fire offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier. Inside are more than one hundred essential step-by-step tips for fixing, leading, prospering, playing, and hosting, including how to
• buck up and be brave in the face of adversity
• play hard and break in a baseball mitt
• bait a hook and catch a big fish
• look dapper and tie a perfect tie
• get a raise and earn more
• write a love letter and kindle romance
• change a flat tire and save the day
• stand up and give a sparkling toast
• play the harmonica and make your own music
Loaded with charming illustrations, good humor, and warm nostalgia, How to Build a Fire is the perfect handbook for guys or gals of any age. The first of its kind, this collection of our grandfathers’ hard-earned wisdom will help you build confidence and get back to what’s really important in life.

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drywall tape, joint compound, metal corner beads, a level, shims, a drill, drywall screws, a five-inch-wide knife, a ten-inch-wide knife, a pole sander, sandpaper of various grits, and the phone number of your favorite pizza shop. Step 2: Check your studs. Hold a level or straightedge across the face of your studs to make sure they’re all standing even. Shim any low spots, and shave or sand any high spots. It’s a drag, but it’ll be well worth it in the long run. Step 3: Place your drywall.

with a damp sponge. Fill any gaps along the ceiling, floor, or molding with painter’s caulk. Smooth with a damp finger. Step 4: Prepare to paint. Invest in decent paint, opting for one with low or, even better, no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It’s better for you and the environment. You’ll need about a gallon for every 350 square feet of wall space. Also, gather any other supplies: a roller, a roller extension, two- to three-inch angled brushes, a paint tray, a few rags, and a ladder.

it does work. Practice forgiveness. Holding a grudge only infects your own heart and head with negative thoughts. Letting go of your anger doesn’t mean you’re excusing the other person’s misdeed. It just means you’re making room for yourself to heal. Do It • • • “I think inner strength has to be built in. You can’t rent it. No one can tell you how to get it. It’s an inner feeling of being a survivor and surviving. I think all people have it, but some people exercise it more than others.”

Address the letter. “Dear So-and-So” will be fine, but if you have a pet name for your beloved, now’s the time to use it. Step 3: Let your feelings flow. You know all those things you wanted to say in person but were too shy or scared to say? Now’s the time to let them out. Pour your heart out onto the paper without being too worried about how it reads. Let’s say you’re writing to a woman. Tell her why you’re writing her this letter, how she makes you feel, how you feel when you’re not with

the Walter household ran on a tight schedule: Supper was at 6 PM, bedtime was at 7 PM—and when he wasn’t doing chores, Walter would roller-skate or play Ping-Pong with his two younger brothers. He attended Tufts University, but after his sophomore year, he enlisted in the navy with hopes of becoming a pilot. By March 1943, he’d earned his wings and soon after was selected to join the marines’ Corsair Flying Fighter squadron in Okinawa. After the war ended, he remained in Japan as an operations

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