Brooke Allen began writing stories for his school newspaper in high school, for his literary magazine in college, and most recently for his children. He has a BA in mathematics and is a great believer in writing things down -- proofs and prose. He has been a teacher, speaker, computer programmer, and entrepreneur.
Mr. Allen lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Eve, and two sons, Davis and Glen.
He would love to hear from you at email@example.com
"Granddad, something's different."
"I haven't seen you smoking a cigar since we got here."
"I quit a year ago."
"Why? I thought you loved those things."
"Nope. I hated them."
This was puzzling. "If you hated them, then why did you smoke."
"It started in the 1920's. I was the head of the United Press office in Havana. The other men in the office told me that, since I was the highest paid man there, it was entirely appropriate, expected even, that I have a mistress."
"When I told your grandmother that everyone thought I should have a mistress, she blew a gasket."
"When she finally calmed down, she said, 'I guess I have been too strict. I will allow you just one vice, but a mistress is out of the question.'"
"Since cigars were so cheap in Havana, I took up smoking."
"You didn't like cigars?"
"No. I hated those things." He laughed, "I wanted a mistress."
"So, why did you quit."
"Anne told me that for my 80th birthday I could have a mistress, so I quit."
That was interesting, "So, now do you have a mistress?"
"No. It is probably too late and I'm not really interested. But I'm sure glad to be done with those cigars."
Find alternatives to doing the wrong thing. Hobbies are good. Carcinogens are bad.