Tour Topic Island

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 0:01
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Written by Rick & Tanya Doyle

What you’ll find on Topic Island 

Welcome to Topic Island.  We have traveled far and wide to help you find a place where you can get away, getaway or just visit for as long as you want.  We wanted to find a place that met as many needs as there are tastes.  So each category represents an island or topic that within its base you might find your perfect spot to do as little or as much of what you want, need or are looking for.  Our static pages (the top menu, navigation bar) will give you an overview of the categories and what to expect from posts, the actual blogging listed is in the lower menu navigation bar. If you’re going to the islands we wanted to give you a tour to make it easy to go native.

Top menu/navigation bar:

•  Home

•  I Need Advice

•  Relationships

•  T and A

•  Joy of Whine 

Lower menu/navigation bar:

•  About – Tour Topic Island (this is where you are now)

 About – Policies, Terms, Contact Information

 Ask Rickhead


 Date Smart





 Sponsored Reviews



Static pages like this don’t really do anything.  They are just informative overviews of the categories for the blog pages.  The categories (the lower menu links) are where you can read our posts on a variety of topics or share in the blogging on those topics, either way, welcome! Starting here will give you a good overview to give you an overview or map of what is where and what to expect.  If you’re just the free spirited type that likes to island hop without a guide, click away!  (If you’re reading this page you’re on our Tour of Topic Island.  If you’re on the Home page you’re on the main blogging page that covers everything from recent posts to registering and logging in to share.)

The page I Need Advice is the gateway to our Ask Rickhead category.  It is the overview of Do’s & Don’ts for asking Rickhead questions and getting advice.  We think that if you read the page I Need Advice it will give you all the instructions and directions for getting some very straightforward and unbiased opinions.  Please keep in mind that you Ask Rickhead at your own risk and all responses are for entertainment purposes only.  When you Ask Rickhead for advice, you are really asking for an opinion and while Ask Rickhead might not always be right (by a long shot) he is never uncertain. Maybe you’re looking for constructive advice but keep getting passive answers or your friends or family for whatever reason keep endorsing your dishonest self appraisal (that’s how we say the expletive B.S. on a clean site).  Ask Rickhead will listen to your problem and tell you what you need to hear, which is not necessarily what you want to hear. Again please read the I Need Advice Page before you ask a question. Remember, this category is for entertainment purposes only and answers to questions are meant solely as an opinion for a presented problem in a non-professional, free advice/opinion format.  Nothing more, nothing less.  If you are in therapy or medicated, please don’t stop!  If you’re reading our posts daily, please continue!

The Relationships page is an introduction to four different categories of discussion where we think everyone will find a section that that they can relate to.  The first category is Couples.  Fun, fights, weddings, picking things out together, functioning as a team, from their first year to their first kid, romance to chores, monogamy to monotony, family to friends.  When it comes to being a couple we hope you’ll find it here and if you don’t then simply suggest it. 

The second category is Date Smart!  This category and its posts are generated from excerpts from the book Date Smart! written by Richard Doyle and Dave Coleman(*see note for more information about Dave Coleman).  Please read the Relationships page for a more thorough description about the book and its excerpts in the blog but fasten your seat belts for this category.  Date Smart! is the gateway to fixing your broken picker. (Definition of a Broken Picker: One who picks a bad relationship, stays in a bad relationship too long and then turns around and picks another one just as bad as the first one.)  It also will cover dating, functioning in and out of relationships with, and without, a healthy basis and much more.

The third category is Divorce.  Need I say more?  Read the posts to find out.

The last category is Parenting which will also get posts from the T and A category. The relationships and rewards, triumphs and challenges in these Parenting posts we hope will prove to be an invaluable source of information, hope, direction, education and, as kids consistently are, entertaining.

T and A stands for Tips and Advice so get your mind out of the gutter!  We are a family friendly and clean site.   Here are the categories near and dear to the shopaholic and penny pincher in all of us.  The parent as well as the Outdoors lover will hopefully find and share in spirited debate and solutions covering everything from gardening to your children’s chores.  Going to the store could become a constructive shortcut to big savings with just a little effort and quick tips on where to get great deals.  Shopping like a pro with a little help from others can lead to savings on everything you use and maybe learn about a few things you could use, better. We’ll cover Parenting issues from beginning to end and all things in between. Remember, these really are your Topic Islands so if you need a little T and A regarding coupons, the kids allowance, saving your plants or potty training you’ll either find it here or start it here!  Whether it’s inside the home or Outdoors, Shopping on ebay or at the mall, too young to date or too much weight we are counting on you to tell us what you need and together with the rest of you we’ll help fill those needs with some great Tips and Advice.

The Joy of Whine is the gateway to Venting!  Everyone has had an experience, event, interaction or rumor that really got you worked up, whether negatively or positively!  We are all passionate and negative feelings are 9 times stronger than positive ones (don’t believe us, just ask a therapist).  So we read a few blogs, watched the news, went to a few events, parties, work, school functions and we discovered one common denominator; somebody nearly everywhere had a reason to be less than happy.  Someone had a complaint about something or someone and was always willing to tell you about it.  And after they got it off their chest they usually breathed a little sigh of relief.  We didn’t always say it was appropriately shared or displayed but physics demands that energy creates energy and dissipation of energy releases heat, thus Venting.  We want you to get it off your chest, let go and tell us what drives you crazy.  It is better to take it out on a blog than on your significant other, your kids or the poor dog.  Those of us on this side of the blog reading about your short fuse might make our fuse burn a little less intense.  It might also provide an idea or solution you might want to try instead of road rage or verbal assault.  Reading the Joy of Whine page before you decide to share your Venting will also give you a few guides to the alternative use of curse words on our clean site. Who knows after a little venting, ‘thank you’, ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I forgive you’ just might replace those negatives.  Funny stories are absolutely welcome too!

The Sponsored Reviews category covers three basic areas.  First, advertisers can provide us with a product for us to review and write an article on and you can count on us to tell you if this is the greatest thing since sliced bread or if setting your head on fire and putting it out with an axe is a better idea.

Second, we really like certain companies, people, services and products and a little shameless appreciation promotion would certainly not hurt their business. And of course, after reading our reviews and thoughts you might find a really great thing.

Finally, eating and survival.  No matter how much you love the site, our site has to pay for itself and we have to keep the lights on and feed our children. It is also our chosen profession so advertising, visiting our advertising partners, affiliates and revenue generating links is not a bad thing.  Sponsored Reviews can also help you make an educated decision so you don’t spend an extra three days doing homework on a dud or discovering the expensive way that you made the wrong choice. We are not hiding the fact that we need to earn money for our work and that those with products you might want to find out about, purchase or use may or may not come with our blessing.  We appreciate your checking out Sponsored Reviews and hope that you will find great things, services and reviews that will lead you to some informed purchases and experiences, even the ones we might not recommend.  Please don’t forget to tell merchants that we sent you and don’t forget to thank us for saving you from certain vendors.

The Testosterone category we hope will be the house of all things WOW.  What is your rush? Hunting, travel, sports, hardware stores, tools, tractors, cars, motorcycles, big dogs, running, camping; where does your adrenaline rush come from?  The title may seem a little masculine (okay, a lot) but don’t kid yourself because there are quite a few women out there making men look like amateurs.  The Testosterone category is the place where everyone can share what lights them up!  Just remember, only members can post and please mind your manners as well as your language.  Too much testosterone can make some of us a little cheeky so keep it clean.  Passionate and extreme, but clean. 

The category Policies, Terms, Contact Information contains all the information essential to being a good blogger and internet website. This includes privacy policies, terms of use, copyright conditions, contact us; basically all the legal yada yada that you’re supposed to have somewhere that almost no one reads but is required information for advertising, blog members, affiliates and others.  We will add more information as it becomes necessary.  Even though most people would qualify it as redundant psychobabble, if you have the desire to read it you will find it collecting dust in the Policies, Terms, Contact Information category.


*Special thank you for co-writing this article goes to Dave Coleman AKA The Dating Doctor. Dave and I wrote Date Smart! back in Jan.  2000. The publication rights have now reverted over to us equally and, with Dave’s permission, I have edited the book and modernized some of the ideas we originally wrote.  The book, Date Smart!, is still available through some stores and you can contact Random House to request the book be reprinted.  With enough demand they might just contact Dave and I to republish and possibly write another one.  We are basically giving you the book to read in posts and encourage you to visit both Dave’s website and of course all parts of our website Neither the posts nor the book are in any way to be republished or sold or used without our express specific written permission and all posts are copyrighted and protected (ISBN-10: 0761521739,ISBN-13: 978-0761521730). Dave and I have written a number of articles together as well and so this serves as the byline.  A huge thank you to Dave for sharing both our efforts and time to write what we hope are insightful, intriguing and informative articles that we share the creative collaboration and credit for working on over a number of years.

You can contact Rick by posting or by emailing askrickhead [at] topicisland [dot] com or read posts at Ask Rickhead


you can write Dave at:




Last but not least, if you are medicated, seriously disturbed, under current medical care, in need of psychological/psychiatric/medical care please continue your therapies/medications/treatments and/or seek professional help.  You can feel free to use this site for information or to share but keep in mind this is an internet site for entertainment purposes only and as such you assume complete responsibility for yourself, your actions and how you react or respond to what is here.  We are not treating anyone and are not liable or responsible for what you do with the information/experiences you get here.  Have fun, share here but at your own risk/reward. Any advice or perceived advice, direction or suggestions of behavior or action are simply proposals of ideas and experiences of the authors and are not to be construed as absolute, necessary, required or anything beyond discussion and entertainment. All posts, comments, articles, advertisers and content on are for entertainment purposes only.  Using common sense and/or seeking help from a qualified professional should always be considered your first choice and this blog is not responsible or liable for you literally or figuratively following it’s recommendations, suggestions and/or it’s consequential results.  In other words, we offer a different opinion or speculation regarding an individual’s desire to get a little different and straight from the hip insight on a particular problem.  Sort of like a Dear Abby on steroids; nothing more, nothing less.  What you choose to do with our comments or those of individuals participating in discussions or posting/commenting on posts to your questions/problems are entirely up to you.

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