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Bright eyes gleam at me. “Nan, how do you stop getting sick from biting insects?”

“Uh… Put on mosquito repellent?”

“Nah! You stop biting them!”

I love his belly laugh.

“Your turn!”

“Hmm. What’s a fly without wings?”

“A walk! That’s easy. Try again.”

A long-distant memory helps. “All right, what’s twice the half of two-and-a-half?”

Lips moving, fingers twitching. Time passes. At last, “Two-and-a-half. Oh…”

“Yes. What’s twice the half of ANYTHING?”

“Nan, I’m so glad. I heard mum say to Aunty Laura that maybe you’ll be getting Alz-whatsit, you know, losing it? Well, now I can reassure her.”

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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4 Responses to Expert Assessment

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    In western countries like USA, Europe, Australia etc., people live very wasteful lives. They think they need big houses, lots of material goods, more and more and more.
    This is one of the reasons people in other places have too little, and are suffering malnutrition, have to drink polluted water, and so on.
    The global economy is a tool for moving money from poor countries to rich countries, and from poor people everywhere to rich people. So, every time I spend a dollar, I am enabling big business to do this.
    But if I earn money and don’t spend it, then I have to invest it, which means I join the people who do this terrible thing, or I put it in savings, which means the bank uses my money for that.
    Many years ago, my wife and I decided we would earn the minimum amount of money we could live on, and instead grow our own food, build our own house, make what we could, buy second hand.
    That is, our aim was to reduce our environmental footprint.
    Almost by accident, we found that this led to a very satisfying lifestyle. This is the secret of contentment in a crazy world.
    Many wise people in the past pointed out that voluntary poverty is a path to a good life. Among them are Jesus, the Buddha, Gandhi. Christian, Hindu and Buddhist monks and nuns (and probably those of other religions) take wows of voluntary poverty.
    You might want to read my essay “How to change the world” at


  2. OMG! This made me laugh. Witty humor. I love this. Thanks for writing it.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Philip, and thank you for visiting. Had a look around your site. Very impressive set of services, but since I live in voluntary poverty (so I don’t support the multinationals that are killing the world), I am sure I can’t afford them.

      This story is one of a set I occasionally add to: exactly 100 words.

      Have a good life,


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