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Father's Stories
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 brooke.t.allen@gmail.com

Sincerity


When my grandparents lived in Bogotá, Grandma became bored.

My grandfather told her that she could spend $1,000 (which was a fair bit of money in the Depression) on a hobby, but it would have to pay for itself.

She decided to become a painter.

She would have to sell her paintings to buy more art supplies if she was to continue to paint after the original money ran out.

This meant that she would have to become good enough that people would buy her paintings.

Eventually she made so much money she couldn't spend it all on art supplies so she started buying real estate.

Some artists become attached to their work and hate to sell it.

Grandma Anne was the opposite. She said,

Everyone will compliment your work, but when they write a check, you know they are sincere.


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