Friday, January 31, 2014


You can listen to her on the weekly NPR show, “Latino USA.” Who is she?
Maria Hinojosa
National Public Radio Anchor 
and Executive Producer 
of Latino USA
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Friday, January 24, 2014


This knighted billionaire helps fund the humanitarian venture, “The Elders.” Who is he?  
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
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Friday, January 17, 2014


This antiwar activist is running for the 2014 California Govenor’s Election. Who is she?
 Cindy Sheehan
American antiwar activist.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014



Today’s Silver Generation is expected to have more opportunities to enjoy life and to live longer – to live healthier, better and more productive lives than ever before.  

Research has shown that the information we learn well is used on an ongoing basis.  Information learned well is retained longer because we have an extreme interest in the subject matter or because we need to know it.  What we learn well is processed into the section of our brain that holds long term memory for recall at any time. Besides retaining information, findings also indicate that we have the ability to learn throughout our life time, (which gives us an opportunity to amass a wide breath of knowledge and wisdom).  This means that you are, or have the capability to be, the New 21st Century Renaissance Person.

Merriam-Webster defines “Renaissance man” as a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas.  During the European Renaissance of the 14th – 17th centuries, the Renaissance person was expected to be well rounded in education and life with an understanding of multiple languages, philosophy, science, literature, art and so on.  Today, with the advent of the Internet, learning is as quick as pinching or tapping a screen and clicking, (“Old School”), your mouse.

Explore your future and explore your past.  (I explored my family’s past, Journey Into a Dark Past, which set me on travels to a foreign land where I gained new insight and perspective about my roots, family members and our history.  My journey enriched my life.) 

Enrich your life.  Embrace your Renaissance-ness – embrace you!

with my book : Journey Into a Dark Past

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Friday, January 10, 2014


She shared the fame with her brother on TV, went solo as a singer, has been on stage and in film, and started her own line of dolls. Who is she?

Marie Osmond

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014



What do you really want to talk about? What might you really want to share? Wouldn't you rather discuss something other than what you ate?

Isn’t it time to start initiating and to start participating in interesting conversations?  Of course it is.  And you can begin by really sharing your thoughts.  That’s right.  Show up in conversations front-and-center.  Start talking about your feelings and revealing your thoughts.  If you don’t know the topic at hand, ask the people who are discussing it more about the subject. 

I know a Boomer who was invited to accompany a friend to a luncheon.  It turned out that not only was she the only female at the table, but the only artist.  Everyone else at the table was an engineer and in the field of lasers.  The Boomer, with only a bit of information about lasers on hand, remembered that lasers were comprised of mirrors, lenses and light, (and that you didn’t want to stare into one).  On just that wee bit of knowledge, Ms. Boomer began asking questions around the table about lasers.  Before she knew it, there was a wonderful discussion that unfolded about lasers.  She learned a lot of new information on that day just by asking questions and getting other people engaged in a conversation.

The younger crowd, especially children, are fantastic resources for helping you research material on-line.  I interact with my grandchildren all the time.  Our conversations start out something to the affect of, "I am thinking about _________ today.  Can you check out more about it on the Internet for me?" And off they go, whizzing around the Net, and in seconds, there they are with a bevy of information.  And there you are with the opportunity for conversation between the two of you.

This is YOUR life.  Don't let anyone take it away from you prematurely!  Create the world you want - or at least try. Your efforts do not have to be perfect.  Your life is about you so you might as well have some fun with it! 

What I suggest to you to more fully engage in co-creating your new world, is that you make a list of everything that interested you in the past and what interests you now.  Be bold – don’t hold back.  Now once you have that list together, start exploring those interests. Get books on the subject, (used bookstores are a lot of fun to investigate and usually have more community events going on to entice foot traffic to stop in and check out their shelves), read articles and books on-line, (if you don’t know how to use a computer, check out the library and unemployment offices for free classes), attend events and gatherings which pertain to your interests.  Rest assured that before you know it, people won’t be asking you what you ate yesterday; they’ll be asking what you did and actually be interested in learning about your latest adventure or discovery.

Dr. Rick Jarow’s Alchemy of Abundance

Further reading:
Jennifer Hoffman’s, 30 Days to Everyday Miracles
Nancy Collamer Second-Act careers


Friday, January 3, 2014


He is a professor at the University of Missouri who studied how stress influences children as they age into adulthood. Who is he?  

Mark V Flinn
Professor, Chair
University of Missouri · Department of Anthropology
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014



One of the most pervasive themes I found while researching my book, Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity & Spunk Intact, was that we, as a nation, are obsessed with forgetting and confuse forgetfulness with Alzheimer's or Senile Dementia, which are two completely different things.  There’s a huge distinction between short and long term memory loss.  Alzheimer’s and Dementia are diseases.  Forgetfulness is not a disease and can be triggered by something as simple as stress.

There’s so much paranoia about “losing-it” that conclusions about people’s health and welfare are often at the mercy of erroneous conclusions as opposed to scientific testing.  And once “helpful” family and friends get into your personal business and deem you, “unfit,” your information gets into the “system” and then getting out it, can be difficult if not down-right impossible. 

My advice for Baby Boomers and Beyond is to rethink your obsessions about forgetfulness and look back over your lives, recounting the many times you’ve forgotten things.  As one Boomer friend of mine told me, “When I followed your advice about my own pattern of forgetfulness… well… it goes all the way back to childhood!  My mother used to call me, The absent minded professor.”

What I tell everyone over 50 is this:  Hogwash! That’s right:  Hogwash!  Hogwash to the anxiety you feel from the social pressures dumped on you about aging.  Most concerns about memory recall are out of proportion and should be put into proper perspective.

Our society’s compulsive/addictive thinking over memory loss usually begins seemingly innocently.  It can start as small as joking around about forgetting something and before you know it, you start needlessly worrying about something that’s been fabricated in your mind and molded by society. People are afraid to have to face their own mortality.  Corporations want to capitalize on that fear – and they do.  Big time.  Memory and brain fitness are such important topics and so misunderstood, that I devote an entire chapter in my book, Aging Gracefully…, to this national paranoia.  What I have found, is that there are easy solutions to help you maneuver through many of the issues facing you as you age.  Here are a few suggestions:

• Lavishly utilize your Personal Retrieval System, (your store house of long-term memory cells). 

• If you can’t recall something right away – so what?  Just stay with the thought and eventually, it’ll come to you.

• Change the way you talk to yourself.  Use supportive, loving and compassionate self talk.

• Stay open and relaxed and let your mind work in its own, natural way.

Get educated about your brain.  Read my books, (I have more than one), read other people’s books, read articles and make changes in your lifestyle where they are needed.  Grab life by its tail and give it a couple of whirls - because as an acquaintance of mine says, Tomorrow is promised to no one

with my poetry books,

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