Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, where is a good place to get advice or to learn how to do something?
A: You know I like to go to Google or YouTube, especially when it comes to fixing or repairing something around the house, but there is another resource we all often overlook. Our elders. There is a reason they got to be old, and it's because they learned how to survive, and they learned from their own mistakes. Why not take advantage of that wisdom. It might save you a mistake or two.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...