The paradox is that the three things we think will bring us happiness actually suck happiness out of our lives. This two-sided book is the most complete treatment of Richard’s paradigm shift from CO&I–Control, Ownership, and Independence to SS&S–Serendipity, Stewardship, and Synerticity. This is a unique two cover book with one side outlining the shortcomings and frustrations of a life devoted to CO&I. When it is flipped over, the other side takes us on a deep exploration of the ways SS&S can add happiness to our lives. Listen to the Eyres’ discussion of the new paradigm on the latest Eyres on the Road podcast, and get the gook for 40% off.
Despite the fact that most grandparents say that their grandkids are the best part of their lives, very little has been written on how to be a better, more influential grandparent. Most of what has been written is by grandmothers to grandmothers (Linda’s book on grandmothering was discussed on last week’s show). But that all changed with a new book by Richard Eyre–a man-to-man book, a grandfather to grandfather book that draws us in through its stories, its logic and it’s practicality. The Eyres discuss the book on their latest Eyres on the Road podcast with Linda doing the interviewing and Richard explaining what it means to be a proactive grandfather.
On Mother’s Day 2018, Linda Eyre’s long-awaited book on GRANDmothering was finally published, and it has been warming the cockles of every grandma’s heart who has read it, opening up a treasure trove of new and practical ideas to create a love affair with grandkids and to become relevant and involved and influential in their lives even as you work on building your own greatest legacy. The Eyres discuss it on their latest Eyres on the Road podcast
While Richard Eyre’s profession over the last 30 years has been the writing of prose, his true love over that timespan has been the writing of poetry. As his readers know, poetry has crept briefly into many of his previous books, but now, for the first time, a full book of Richard’s poetry is available. “Poetry comes from a different part of the brain,” Richard says, “and it enters a different part of the brain when it is read.” Poetry is the language of emotion, and these poems, mostly about family and about favorites, will draw emotions from you in ways that will surprise and delight.
Tennis scholarships paid Richard’s way through college and today, he says, the game keeps him from “going to pot”. As a nationally ranked senior player, he cherishes tennis as the one game he can still beat his kids at and also as “the best metaphor of any sport for the game of life.” (The only game where the score starts over every few minutes, the game where you have to get to “advantage” before you can win, and the game that keeps score with words like “love” and “deuce” and “serve” and “receive”).
Over the years, he has collected various lessons that the game of tennis has taught him that can be applied with equal relevance to life at large, and recently published them in the book Tennis and Life. The “30 lessons that work in both games”–tennis and life, are presented there with a split-page format where each lesson is applied to tennis on the left-hand page and to life on the right. Whether you play both the game of tennis and the game of life or only play one of them, this book will stimulate your desire to get better.
In their Eyres on the Road podcast this week, Richard and Linda review the book and how its lessons can help parents and marriage partners.
After Dr, Bridell’s Rational Diet was serialized in Meridian Magazine and drew comments and commendations from thousands of readers, it was decided to reveal the identity of the mysterious Dr. Bridell who turned out to be none other than Richard Eyre. Richard had used the pen name because he wanted the revolutionary half-diet to stand on its own merits, but after the amazing results reported by users (literally tons of weight lost), it was time for Richard to come out of hiding.
So the book was revised and expanded and became The Half Diet Diet and was published as the Eyres’ 44th book. This unique and logical approach to dieting is also a study in other kinds of appetites and a set of spiritual insights about how to win in our struggle against each of them. On the latest edition of the Eyres on the Road podcast, Richard and Linda talk about the diet, and how it can apply to all of our appetites, including our appetite for screen time and technology.
What will the “autumn” of your life be like? Will the golden years really be golden? With more than 80 million baby boomers all now in their 50s or 60s or early 70s, and with most of them able to expect to live close to or into their 90s, the questions of how to live these autumn years is more relevant than it has ever been before.
In Life in Full, Richard and Linda talk candidly about their own aging and make a host of practical suggestions about how we all can create fuller lives and maximize our longevity and our legacies. For recent updates on this book, and the Eyres current feelings about the fourth quarter of life, listen to the most recent Eyres on the Road podcast on your favorite podcast app or right here.
Despite the success of the Eyre’s “how-to” parenting books, they felt that it was time for something different–for a “why-to” book on what is happening to families around the world and why family decline is a problem that affects everyone in the world.
Here, Richard and Linda explore what has happened to families and trace the causes and forces that are threatening families everywhere. The first half of the book is a realistic and somewhat painful look at family decline throughout the world and at the economic and social problems that result. The second half is about solutions, and the Eyres chart an imaginative and bold course that leaders in the business, political, religious and media sectors could and should take in order to save themselves by saving families.
In their Eyres on the Road podcast this week, Richard and Linda expand on this subject and make the plea that we all put our families first.
For more than forty years, Richard and Linda have sent out a Thanksgiving card to friends and family at the holiday season rather than a Christmas card. The traditional and original cards that go out every November contain the latest family picture and a poem that tries to express the main focal points of their gratitude for the year past.
Taken together, these 40 poems and some additional poetry to introduce and lead into them, give a wonderfully in-depth picture of what awareness, appreciation, gratitude, and thanks-giving can be. Teaching our children to feel and express thankfulness can be a great legacy, and a boost to their lifelong happiness.
We used to call this problem “spoiled kids” or “selfish little brats” but today there is a better term to describe what is happening to kids who think they deserve to have everything they want, everything their friends have, and all without any work or effort on their part.
The word is “entitlement” and it is becoming a trap in our society that catches kids in its clutches and squeezes the motivation and incentive right out of them. The entitlement attitude that infests our youth today robs them of gratitude and strips them of any work ethic. If we as parents don’t do something about it, we will send our kids out into the world ill-equipped to compete and to succeed and even to live responsibly.
On the other hand, if we can recognize that chosen, earned ownership is the antidote to entitlement and the prerequisite of responsibility…and if we can find ways to help kids perceive real ownership of everything from their things to their money and from their grades to their choices…then we can give our children the kind of pride of ownership that will motivate them to do their best, to make good decisions, and to take responsibility for everything they have.