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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!

Life's Learning Curve Paul Hardt

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

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!

    Coal Bootleggers: The Art of Being Clay

    Coal Bootleggers: The Art of Being Clay

    Step into a time machine and journey back to 1948, where a gripping tale unfolds in Coal Township, PA. Meet eight-year-old Clay, whose story is a riveting testament to resilience and determination. As he and his family embark on a new chapter, you'll  witness Clay's initiation into the world of coal bootlegging, the hardships of fitting into rustic row houses, and the challenges of navigating a life without modern comforts. 
    Amidst this backdrop, discover the transformative power of education as Clay finally gets a chance to attend school. With the guidance of a devoted history teacher, Mr. Mumley, Clay's passion for learning ignites, opening a window to a worl  beyond the coal mines. But just when the future seems bright, a decision by his father alters Clay's trajectory, forcing him onto an unexpected path.
    Despite setbacks, witness young Clay's unwavering determination to overcome 
    obstacles and forge ahead. His story is a testament to the human spirit and the resilience that fuels dreams.
    Join us on Life’s Learning Curve as we unravel the extraordinary true story of Clay Greager, a narrative that transcends time, inspiring us to pursue our dreams
    against all odds.
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    • 24 min
    The Art of Being Clay -The Early Years

    The Art of Being Clay -The Early Years

    Meet seven-year-old Clay Greager, whose unwavering determination to pursue his dreams leads him to brave the confines of a family coal mine in 1948. But that's just the beginning of his remarkable journey.
    Join us as we unravel the poignant stories shared by author Clay Greager himself, recounting moments where the line between ambition and adversity blurred. Experience the heart-stopping  encounter with mortality, from the blinding sun that alters destiny to the serene swing under a willow tree turning into a haunting reminder of life's fragility.
    In this episode, Paul delves deep into Clay Greager's early years, painting a vivid picture of courage, loss, and the pursuit of ambition against all odds. Tune in as we uncover the gripping narratives that shaped a young boy's extraordinary path.
    Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster as we explore the intersections of fate, determination, and the unyielding spirit of a child destined for greatness. Don't miss out on this compelling episode that challenges the very essence of seizing opportunities and confronting life head-on. 
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    Criminals, Outcasts and Artists

    Criminals, Outcasts and Artists

    In this episode of Life's Learning Curve "Criminals, Outcasts, and Artists," we follow the adventurous journey of Paul, who is called upon by his old friend Duke to rescue the failing Huckleberry Sunshine business in California, left in ruins by the C0-Vid crisis. Despite numerous setbacks and communication mishaps, Paul arrives ready to shoot commercials and create a podcast centered around the business. However, his world is turned upside down when he meets the new owner, the carefree Australian surfer Denbigh, who operates by his own rules. What unfolds is a whirlwind of communicative chaos and work-related fun, demonstrating the remarkable synergy that emerges between these two contrasting individuals as they embark on a creative adventure.
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    • 36 min
    Flimflam Poker Night

    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. 
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    • 30 min
    The Ripple Effect -First Grade

    The Ripple Effect -First Grade

    In first grade, Paul's life is forever changed by a series of events. He is placed in a reading group, where he encounters a first-year teacher and is forced to sit next to Jimmy, a misfit who has trouble controlling his behavior. A mentor is brought in to help the class, and from that moment on, Paul's perspectives and attitudes are transformed. The story suggests that we can all improve ourselves by surrounding ourselves with the right people. But exactly, just WHO was the mystery mentor?
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    The Great Key West Summer Solstice Cigar Hunt

    The Great Key West Summer Solstice Cigar Hunt

    Can you keep the feeling of vacation after it’s over??   Paul’s friend Sam figured out how to do it.  This episode finds Paul sharing a story about his friend Sam's epic adventure in tropical Key West. Sam, on a mission to find the perfect cigar for his buddy Paul, embarks on a journey that takes him deep into the heart of the island's cigar culture.
    Along the way, he encounters a cast of colorful characters, from local store owners to feisty street performers who have had eccentric adventures of their own.
    But it's not all fun and games for Sam – he takes his quest seriously, determined
    to find the ultimate smoke for his pal.
    As Sam delves deeper into Key West's cigar scene, he discovers a hidden gem – a
    vintage cigar shop that only builds a masterful premium cigar once a year on
    the summer solstice. With the help of the shop's eccentric owner named Butch,
    Sam finally finds the perfect cigar, and more importantly, a way to keep the
    spirit of his vacation alive long after he's returned home.
    Join us for this funny, quirky and heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure, and
    the search for the perfect smoke. Whether you're a seasoned cigar aficionado or
    just love a good story, you won't want to miss this episode.
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Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Suzanne4Justice ,

So! Darn! Wonderful!

Paul and the company he keeps are amazing storyteller’s. I love the musical and sound effects as the added bonus to the stories themselves. It’s so charming! Enjoy!

His Vaughnliness ,

Learning Lots!

Paul get's some great guests, and is a really funny and cool dude himself. Can't wait to hear what's next Paul!!!!!

Polly Tazo ,

Insightful stories from adults still learning new things every day

A podcast with great insight to the different experiences that people go through. Paul covers people’s stories on music, work/life balance, adventure, and constantly adds humor when it’s appropriate. A great listen for anyone of any age!

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