Life's Learning Curve

Paul Hardt

How we became us! We take a look backward & find ourselves negotiating our LIFE EXPERIENCES, discovering life's various tones -comedy, drama, and nostalgia. Our podcast offers imagery of a documentary recreation, but for audio. Life happens in a heartbeat. Let's learn, thrive and love from our experiences while we're here. Cheers!

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Flimflam Poker Night
Aug 29 2023
Flimflam Poker Night
When your 11, life still seems strange, adult behaviors are sometimes confusing and we are lucky to survive it all. In this episode, Paul is curious about his father’s semi annual poker night in the far back basement of his house. However, THIS TIME Paul is allowed to come sit and observe his father’s poker night and the players. One of these players was Paul’s current teacher. But the evening turned quite dark as another player’s behavior and quirky responses turned into a nightmare that haunted Paul for many years afterward. Listen to this life altering episode about testing the water of attempting to be a good man. When you're just a kid of eleven, life's a real puzzler. Grown-up actions can be a head scratcher, and making it through unscathed? Well, that's a triumph in itself. Join me in this tale, where we're dodging confusion and trying to find our footing.In this chapter of life, young Paul's got a burning question – What's the deal with his old man's twice-a-year poker night down in the deep, dark basement? But hold on, this time, something's different. This time, Paul's getting an invite to the grown-up gathering. He's gonna be a fly on the wall, watching his dad and the gang play their hands.Turns out, one of the players is none other than Paul's current teacher. The lines between school and life at home start to blur, and it's a curious sight for young Paul. But oh boy, buckle up, 'cause this story takes a turn. The night that should've been just a peek into his dad's world transforms into a shiver-inducing nightmare, one that sticks with Paul like a stubborn shadow.You'll want to lean in close as I spin this tale of how an ordinary evening can twist and tangle, leaving scars that linger long after the lights go out. This is a journey that'll make you think about the kind of man you want to become – the paths you'll tread, the waters you'll test. Support the show
Greatest Blessings Call Me Dad
Aug 2 2022
Greatest Blessings Call Me Dad
In a world that's always shifting, where time molds us like clay, this episode of Life’s Learning Curve is a tapestry. That intricate dance between growing up, embracing change, and stepping into the shoes of fatherhood. Join Paul on a journey as he revisits the chapters of his life woven together with the threads of fatherly devotion.In this nostalgic recollection, Paul’s father and he navigate the uncharted waters of DAD-DOM, two souls connected by blood and dreams. Yet, it's the echoes of Paul’s now-grown children, Heidi and Riley, portrayed in their youthful exuberance, that guide us through this narrative.Tales of yesteryears come alive, as Paul dives into the chronicles of Griff, a chapter where Heidi's dramatic and cringe-worthy boyfriend takes center stage. Laughter andawkwardness blend, creating a mosaic of memories that still warm my heart.Then, a tender story unfolds—a memory of lazy Sundays spent scavenging treasures from dumpsters, Paul is side by side with his seven-year-old son. Together, they gather materials to erect a majestic treehouse, an imagined pirate ship soaring amidst the clouds. It's in these moments of shared adventure that the bonds of a father and son are fortified, forever etched in the annals of time.But life's canvas is vast, and not without its spills. The recollection takes a poignant turn as Paul recounts the time when, at seventeen, he faltered as a camp counselor for a group of eager eleven-year-olds. A crisis mishandled, a lesson learned—the colors of humility and growth painted onto his soul.As the final strokes of this tale brush across the canvas, we delve into the story of a boy and his father drifting apart, an emotional journey of separation and reconciliation. Through trials and tribulations, the intricate web of love stitches their hearts back together, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.In the end, as Paulreflects upon this patchwork of narratives, the truth unfolds—how the seemingly inconspicuous fragments of our lives, like soft whispers in the wind, can evolve into profound connections that span a lifetime. Little did we know that within these fleeting moments lie the seeds of love, laughter, and unbreakable bonds. So come, join Paul, as we unravel the tapestry of life—one story at a time. Support the show