I just bought a book on eBay that I thought you should all know about, if you don't already. It's by Gonn Iggulden and the title is The Dangerous Book for Boys
. The authors' introduction says they wrote it because boyhood is all about curiosity, and oh man, what an amazing book they put together as a result.
It has short chapters on a million cool and totally unrelated topics: five knows every boy should know, skipping stones, first aid, cloud formations, how to shave, girls, astronomy, the origin of words, marbles, pirates, cloud formations, insects, building a treehouse, adventure stories, famous battles, catapults, etc. And NOTHING about TV, iPod, Facebook, the Internet... Just interesting things to know and get creative about.
It's just so totally cool for any boy...of any age. I wish I had had this when I was 14, but okay, 58 will do.
Excuse me - got to go find out how to do some coin tricks.