Feb 28, 2013

Your Health: Bugs, dust and snowbirds!

No matter where my husband and I travel we always check to see if there are any vaccines that we need. Even when we are traveling in the United States, we educate ourselves to make sure we are taking the proper precautions. We don't like our trips spoiled by a preventable illness. 

For example, an article on the front page of the Tucson newspaper talked about the dreaded Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). Anyone that is a regular visitor to the SW United States knows that this malady is nothing to mess around with. They probably also know that it is misdiagnosed a great deal of the time. 

My husband contracted it several years ago and probably suffered for several weeks before I even realized what was going on. He was fatigued, suffered from night sweats and even broke out in a blistered rash. By the time we arrived home in Oregon he was in such bad shape that I feared for his life.

The Oregon doctor was so uncertain of the cause and unwilling to listen to the information we had that I was led to take action and make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist on my own. It was only after a pulmonoscopy that definite determination as to his condition could be made. We were very relieved because we thought that it was cancer...the xrays looked very bad.


Xray of patient with
Valley Fever
Others I know have been take into surgery for the same problem. I know people that were treated for a bacterial infection with antibiotics and they only suffered more. According to the newspaper article, the antibiotic kills the good bacterial that actually may help fight the Valley Fever fungus. I think that is the biggest problem...there is not much to be done for the fungus and the action recommended by the physician can worsen the condition.   

Believe it or not the wind carries the fungus spores and many locals here in Arizona simply don't go out on a windy day any more than necessary. We think my husband contracted it while playing golf when the wind was so strong the ball would not stay on the tee.  I was playing that day too but did not have a problem.


English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...
Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. 
When you travel to Florida the dreaded mosquitos are a problem. Be careful of bug bites and use a repellent.  Encephalitis can strike as a result of a bug bite. Even in the northwest we have our share of culprits. Tick bites that lead to Lyme disease can be a problem and West Nile Virus or encephalitis can strike that far north as well.  

It could be that the problem with all of these diseases is that they won't generally show up until you are back home and your local doctor may not be as knowledgable about maladies because they don't strike locally.  So you, the traveler, need to be aware and pro-active.

If you are a snow bird you are probably thinking about heading back home within the next few weeks. Please make yourself aware so you can protect yourself. Travel is fun but you still need to be careful.


English: Erythematous rash in the pattern of a...
English: Erythematous rash in the pattern of a “bull’s-eye” from Lyme disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Feb 27, 2013

Retirement and Encore.org: Living a Meaningful Life

Marc Freedman, has a message for retirees. He thinks that boomers can continue to have a real social impact after they have left their careers to retire. In the article that appears in the Harvard Business Review, A New Vision for Retirement: Productive and Meaningful, the founder and CEO of Encore lays out the foundation for his ideas.

I am on Freedman's mailing list and I receive information from time to time about what he finds interesting for people like me that write about retirement. The email I received from him yesterday caught my attention because it dealt with something I learned about several month ago...the Prudential Day One Stories TV and bill board ads:
You’ve most likely encountered Prudential's Day One stories campaign, telling us we need to prepare for a seemingly endless retirement. On billboards and bus posters, in radio and television ads, Prudential says we’ll be retired for 6,000 days – or many more – after working for 12,000. The financial services company’s campaign amounts to scenario planning through the rear view mirror – bolting the new longevity (longer, healthier lives) to the old retirement lifestyle. This retrograde vision is neither sustainable, nor attainable – and it isn't desirable.
I hated those ads the first time I saw them. Prudential has provided the image and the music for a stage in life that no one dreams of or wants. The day you leave the work place is portrayed as (dare I say it) depressing! Freedman, on the other hand is seeing this part of life as fulfilling, useful and, above all, important. He thinks that we need to view retirement as a start of something bigger and better. He says that he thinks the retirement population "represents a human capital bonanza for the social impact sector and for the nation more broadly." He goes on to say, "It's time to fulfill the true promise of longer lives — which is a better society."

I have been retired for almost 16 years and I am here to tell you that my life was not set in stone on day one. Why? Well first of all there was the transition to retirement that comes with the stages that happen financially (Prudential's focus). Social Security, Medicare, IRA programs do not all kick in at the same time. All of these programs plus a retirees changing needs give the retiree a financial lift over a period of years. There are many "day one" financial events.

Then there is the changes that aging brings to our lives. We become wiser, we want different things, our goals change and evolve over time. There really is no such thing as a one day one for the rest of our lives. In fact, if I were to give you a list of our new beginnings in the years since we left the work force, you would be amazed. My experience has taught me that growth in knowledge and experience is very real and important and will be for all of my life. In fact, on day one I was like a babe in the woods.

But Freedman's article left me thinking about what I had expected when I retired. I cannot tell you the joy that I experienced knowing that we would no longer be tied to a place, our qualifications in the work force or even how much money we had. We were free to make choices based on what gave us satisfaction. Then the realization hit that our choices were open and we honestly had no idea what those choices were.  What were we going to do for the next umpteen years? The only thing I truly knew was that I did not want to do what I had been doing for the last thirty years.

The idea of a new "career" in the traditional sense of the word made me feel a little sick to my stomach. A lifetime of commitments and worry had me feeling fed up with the whole idea. Even now I get that feeling when I remember those years. When I read Freedman's article this morning I could only wonder why anyone would want to go back to work in the traditional sense of the word...I know I never have.  But I also know that being productive, no matter my age, is very important. I want to contribute to society just as I did when I was a teacher but I want to do it my way...thank you very much. After a second look, I realized that Freedman was actually talking about what I had done. Unfortunately, he was not around to help during those beginning years.

In spite of my thoughts that a second career was the last thing I wanted, I did begin one without the realization of what had happened. I think that is what happens when we follow a passion and not the money (although I do not object to earning money doing what I do). When I began writing about retirement on this blog, I made a commitment that has lasted for many years. Why? Because I love this job and it is of my own making. It has all come together for me...my encore career has given me the satisfaction I needed. Hopefully, somewhere along the road I have helped others understand retirement thereby making a social contribution.  Even if I haven't, I have tried.

The article that Freedman wrote in HBR should draw attention to what Encore.org is doing for people at a transitional point in their life. I, for one, am very impressed. For example, they have a program for Encore Fellowships  that offers money for continuing education so that people can reinvent themselves in retirement. Their handbook The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life (click here for Amazon link) talks about the new the paths you can take following retirement. A review on Amazon said this about the handbook:
From Encore.org, the leading organization in the field, comes a road map to every step of the encore career journey. Here’s how to plan the transition. How much you need to make. The pros and cons of going back to school. When to volunteer, and when to intern. How to network effectively and harness the power of social media. Who’s hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers)....
The Encore Career Handbook: 
How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life

I encourage you to read the article and take a look inside the handbook on the Amazon website. Retirement is fun...especially when you can see all the possibilities. This is one of the pieces in the retirement puzzle that can be extremely helpful.

Encore is helping people find passion, purpose and a paycheck in the second half of life. (See more at:http://www.encore.org/#sthash.GDbVYJ7W.dpuf).
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Feb 26, 2013

How to Experience Retirement BEFORE You Retire!

English: 1941 Flxible Motor Home
Is Motor Home Travel for You?
I want you to enjoy life as you go along. My mother taught me that waiting to have fun is very risky.  Stuff happens along the way and it is not always good. Life needs to be lived day by day. I'm just saying.

I think that people nearing retirement may be planning for an eventuality they cannot even wrap their mind around. If you are going to make a reasonable plan for retirement, then you need to understand what a life of no work is truly like. You can do this by following my advice and just enjoy little bits of retirement as you go along.

How can you get a feel for a life without work?
If you live a life that includes periods of real down time, you are going to get a feel for what retirement is all about. Why should you do that? Well...you are not going to quit work and go on vacation to Hawaii for the rest of your life. A trip to a tropical resort is NOT retirement. It is fun but not what a retirement lifestyle is all about. I think it is better to find out what is feels like before you retire. Surprises are not always good. Here are some ways to experience the lifestyle while you are still working.
  1. Planning on traveling in a motor home? You can find out how RV travel may be by simply going camping in either an RV resort or a camp ground. Stay put and settle in for a while. Don't feel like you have to be on the go all of the time. In fact, I would suggest doing it on the cheap and making your own fun. If you can do that, you are doing just what you would do if you were retired and living in a motor home for an extended period of time. 
  2. Plan to stay at home after retirement? This may sound nuts but spend your vacation at home.  A two or three week vacation spent at home will give you a real feel for what retirement is all about. Shop, clean, putz and read. Even when you become a snowbird, you will be just living like you are at home. 
  3. Wonder what a normal retirement day will feel like? When you are at home for the vacation, shop on Monday morning. Golf in Wednesdays. There is a whole world of things that happen in the world during the week when you are working. Get out there and see what it looks like.
  4. Do you want to be a snowbird in a 55+ community? Never turn down an invitation to go someplace with a group...golfing or just berry picking. Spending time with other people and learning to enjoy it will help you see what a retiree's snowbird lifestyle is all about. We live very closely but you really cannot understand how it works until you actually do it. 
  5. Are you afraid of all that free time? Set aside a period of time for nothing but what you want to do. No work related stuff can invade this time. See how it feel to fill the days with just life in leisure. This is not like the stay at home putzing thing.  This is honest go goodness leisure without anything to do. See how you do with that experience.
Doesn't this all seem way to simple?  Well, it is not brain surgery...it is just living as you go along.

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Feb 25, 2013

The Wait is Over....Time is not on our side anymore!

The train is leaving the station...are you on it
or just dreaming about going? Don't let
life slip away.
I don't suppose you remember when my husband tipped over in the kitchen. He had managed to drink as little water as a man can possibly drink and finally went totally dry. He always simply said he didn't like water and refused to let it pass his lips.  The tipping over resulted in a 911 call, a trip to the hospital, a big bag of water being pumped into him and a night spend visiting the bathroom. He was astonished that people actually went that much. He learned a very hard lesson. But then so did I. That was the first time it dawned on me that the wait was over. We needed to make our dreams come true if we possibly could...the sooner the better.

The next morning I woke up, drank my coffee and announced that I was buying new golf clubs so I could enjoy them. I asked my husband if he wanted to do the same. That was when I broke the news to him that we were going to die one day and I did not want the day to come and go without us enjoying some of the things we had been "waiting" to do or buy!


When we arrived in the desert this winter we made arrangements to add a small porch in the front of our park model. I had been asking to have it done since we moved into the park model several years ago. My husband was not very enthusiastic but all I could think was I did not want to have the porch completed and then die within the next few months. I wanted to do it now and enjoy it while we could. He relented and has built something that we will use for as long as we can live in our little winter house.


Now I am using "the waiting is over" phrase more and more. I will ask Are we going to do this or not. If we aren't going to get things done, I want to know so I can quit dreaming and planning. We have come to an age when we cannot wait to buy what we can afford or do what we can afford to do. Time is not on our side...not anymore. Tic toc!

Have you ever had this happen? Is the wait over for you?  If it is, why?

I was just wondering!

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Bragging Rights: Success in Retirement

English: Elements of Life Success Book
What happens when you remove career from this puzzle?
What do you see as being successful in a life without a job? When the perks and rewards that come with a career go away how will you find satisfaction without someone telling you how good you are? You may not realize it but I would bet that you will need to find a way to satisfy that part of your nature. So how will you do that?

Find a Hobby that You Love
I am a blogger and part of my measure of achievement comes with what happens when I write. You may be a golfer or a volunteer or even an avid lover of books. Whatever you do, I imagine that it validates you in some way. And validation is what we all need.

Live on Your Past Laurels
My family likes to joke that every adventure is all about the bragging rights. It is very true that humans do like to feel good about something that sets them above the crowd...it is natural to feel good about success. In some ways talking about success is the minds way of getting that feeling achievement brings one more time. It is very like showing those vacation photos to an unwary friend...the viewer may not be excited but the person that took the photos gets to relive that vacation joy one more time. Bragging may work the same way.

Even though bragging may make the bragger feel good, being the person listening is not so much fun.  In fact, it could be that the person that is bragging is simply topping what you just talked about. This is where the old job that brought the worker a millions air miles gets to be a unimportant. Really no one cares anymore. If they want to have friendships, retiree have to move on and find a new way of validating their existence.

Find Intrinsic or Extrinsic Rewards
It is hard to give up the idea that going to work does not pay for your bread and butter. Getting paid every month without a job seemed very strange when my husband I headed down this path. We would never again get a raise because we worked hard or be given a plaque for a job well done. While it is all good, we both missed those types of positive strokes...at least to begin with. Then we settled into a life that required us to find satisfaction from within. We became self-starters and worked or played for the shear joy of being tired or getting better at our hobbies. We learned to have fun and worry less...why was that so hard?

I have begun to think that retirement happiness requires a great deal of imagination. Maybe that is why it is hard to feel successful in spite of what may look like a perfect life. Everyone needs to find something that brings a reward in their life but payoffs in the third part of our life may need to come from an inner drive and not a pay check.  For us the trick was to set goals and then invent our own rewards and plaques. It was a process that required us to learn to pat ourselves on the back. Other people take up a hobby or avocation with the hope that they will gain recognition or monetary gain. Their success comes from feeling wanted and needed. They need extrinsic rewards to be able to see themselves as successful.

Conclusion
As for those bragging rights it all depends on how you use them. Do you voice them out loud or do you keep them close to your vest? It is each individual's choice. I am working to come to a place where it is a enough to know in my heart and be satisfied. Hopefully, I can keep myself under control and not become tiresome or a braggart.  Hopefully!

What do you see as being successful in this stage of your life?

Note: Comments are encouraged and very welcome. Be sure to leave a url for you blog site in the comment box with your comment.  I would like to read what you are writing and so would other people.  Let's make it as easy as we can for them.

Have a wonderful day.

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Feb 20, 2013

On using the "f" word: What Works in Blogging

Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897)
Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While my blogger friends were talking the other day, the subject of readers, comments and success came up. We all love to have readers and encourage meaningful comments and suggestions. In fact, response from readers is a measure of our success.

For example, today I received a book suggestion from Early Retirement Journey for a book relevant to the post about Mississippi finally getting their name on the list of states that ratified the 13th Amendment.
CommentMy first thought on hearing this was "You can't make this stuff up." 
I would also recommend an absolutely excellent non-fiction book written by an educated, former slave titled "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs. Harriet is amazingly articulate, and this book, released first in Europe in 1851, didn't make it's way to mainstream America until 1973. Harriet's story, beautiful and articulately written, makes it crystal clear that slavery corrupted every single individual involved, up to and including the North, particularly after passage of the Fugitive Slave law. 
Nicely enough, it's in the public domain, and therefore available as a free e-reader download if you are interested. 
This is the kind of exchange bloggers love. Meaningful, articulate and interesting!

Building Blog Traffic
Linda Myers of Bag Lady in Waiting was with us on that day the bloggers gathered and she told us that she wanted comments from people that were fellow writers or had something to add to the conversation. We all agreed  that a return comment is the polite thing to do but sometimes is very hard. Our blogging life depends on courtesies like this but when a commenter doen't read the blog and leaves a comment about their own life that does not apply to the blog post, we are put off.  Sad but true!

Sadder yet is the fact that success in our world is dependent on getting traffic. Building a relationship with fellow bloggers is one way we can do that. Some very successful bloggers have built a great following that has emmerged as a brand name.  They have succeeded by just being attentive daily to those people that read their blog and leave comments. Good or bad, they keep returning the comment favors. I admire their work.

I might add here, that I am not so successful that returning the comment favor has ever become a burden in anyway.  I love my readers really and always respond to their comments in my blog and will visit their blog before long or even add them to my blogroll in the sidebar. I love that my success rate fits my needs. I also encourage people to leave a blog address in their comments or even the link to their business as long as they add something to the conversation. Some of the most interesting bloggers I know are in business.

Words that Build Traffic
That brings me to the "f" word post I put up on Monday. See, I am a former teacher and in my world the full "f" word was not actually spoken...ever. In fact, "f word" has become symbolic even with the general public. The fact that I put "f word" in the name of my blog post and it brought in so much traffic I was astounded is very revealing.  We all know that a giant up spike in my traffic on that day had to do with readers curiosity and even prurient interest. Or it could be that people are looking for reasons that the "f" word would be important in some way. It is really is very interesting.

If you didn't read the post, the three words I was speaking about were friend, flower and fences. I confess that when I wrote the title, I knew that it was pushing the envelop. It is fun once in a while to throw out a hook and see who bites.  I did that very thing a while ago when I wrote a blog inviting spam. That hook did not draw many in at all. Oh well!

FYI
So there you have it...a little glimpse of life inside the mind of a blogging woman of a certain age.  Any bloggers have additional thought on what works for them? I would love to hear them.

Be well.

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Feb 19, 2013

And I thought I was behind the times: Mississippi Ratified the 13th Amendment

I quote a website called Above the Law:

Amazon link:
Team of Rivals: 
The Political Genius of 
Abraham Lincoln

Today the big story (at least in liberal circles) is that Mississippi finally officially ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, after two Ole Miss employees saw the movie Lincoln and decided to look into why their state hadn’t officially ratified the amendment. You can’t make that up: Mississippi needed a Spielberg movie to remind them to ratify the amendment banning slavery....
If you were one of the people that went to a theater and watched Spielberg's Lincoln, you know that the movie was about as good as it gets. I loved that it made enough of an impact to clean up an unresolved legal oversight. You go Mississippi...you may get it right yet!   

Go see the movie and maybe even read the book that the movie was based on...it is called Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and is written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I, for one, am going to read it very soon.

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Feb 18, 2013

Three important "f" words!

Three important words: friends, flowers, fences.

Friends (fellow bloggers)
Flowers
Fences
I think I know why these words are important but I am more interested in what you have to say!
Have a wonderful day.

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My life is good...but then you know that. Todays schedule went like this:
12:00 noon: Lunch with blogging friends.
1:30-bedtime: open for engagements!
Smile!


bloggers:
Linda Myers of Bag Lady in Waiting
Bob Lowry or Satisfying Retirement

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Feb 17, 2013

What is the MIRROR telling you?

English: Woman at mirror, circa 1930s Item 780...
English: Woman at mirror, circa 1930s Item 78068, City Light Glass Lantern Slides (Record Series 1204-03), Seattle Municipal Archives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am not going to talk about wrinkles or face cream or even exercise here. But I am going to talk about the mirror and what we can learn from a good facing down with the person you see reflected there.

I am a fairly positive person usually. I have to admit that occasionally I feel the urge to pick life up by the scruff of the neck and give it a talking to. But that doesn't happen very often. I am grateful for that.

We are doing some construction around the park model and I have a lot of opinions that drive everyone else nuts. It is hard for me...poor me. I was stewing over things that were out of my control. I didn't realize how much I was fretting about it until I walked by the mirror.

See, when I am unsettled, worried or unhappy, the corners of my mouth turn down and I cannot get them to come up no matter how hard I try. My mirror does not lie and what I saw was a very unhappy woman.

There are other kinds of mirrors that are not made of glass yet reveal a lot about how I am feeling. My grandchildren can work mirror magic on me occasionally. If I frown, they frown. If I am content, they are quiet. If I am bunchy (need to go outside), they will ask for a walk. My little talking mirrors are wonderful creatures to have around.

Life may be a reflection of how I feel or at least that is always what I have thought. Because I believe that I have great power to make my life what I want, when things start to go wonky, I usually take a good hard look at myself. The question I ask is could I have brought this on myself? In many cases the answer is yes! 

So, as I age, I wonder if the negative people around me are that way because that is the way they are or because they are mirroring the way I am thinking. As a result, I am being careful these day to be mindful of my thoughts and how they are spilling out onto the lives of others.

What is your mirror telling you? Take a hard look and think about it.

As for me, I am fine now...my attitude toward life has improved and my mirror is happier too. Life is good...again!

It is just a thought!

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Feb 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day?: Asparagus, it's only crazy if it doesn't work!


Valentine's Day is celebrated in many ways. Brits have their own twist on the holiday. What I loved about this infographic was the information on aphrodisiacs. Who knew that asparagus and garlic would do the trick?Valentine's Day Infographic by Warner Leisure Hotels
This Valentine’s Day infographic was created by Warner Leisure Hotelsclick here to view the original blog post.
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Feb 13, 2013

Norman Leyden: I've Got a Crush on You Sweetie Pie...

I've got a crush on you, sweetie pie

All the day and nighttime, hear me sigh

I never had the least notion
That I could fall with such emotion
Could you coo, could you care
For a cunning cottage we could share
The world will pardon my mush

Cause I've got a crush, my baby, on you....
(Sung originally by Ella Fitzgerald)
Norman Leyden
His name is Norman Leyden. That's right. I have a crush on the former conductor of the Oregon Symphony Pops. I have to admit it (even to my husband). This man worked his magic on me! He plays a clarinet like no one I have ever heard

It only took the sound of that clarinet filling a concert hall to win my heart. Sweet memories are part of every crush I suppose, at least that was true for me.

It all happened on as the result of a very special New Year's Eve in 2008. My husband I were given tickets to a Pink Martini concert at the Schnitzer Theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon. Mr. Leyden was part of the Pink Martini big band that night and had a solo part. Anyone that was there that night can understand why his performance made me cry! It was pure Norman Leyden magic.

Norman Leyden on clarinet with Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini band leader.
I walked around the corner to a
side street when the back stage door
is located.

I don't know if you swoon at the sweet sound of beautiful music but for me it is a bit of heaven and that is what Mr. Leyden's clarinet solo sounded like. I didn't want the evening to be over so. I don't want to sound mushy but I felt alive and newly in love. So after the concert, on a whim, I decided that I needed to tell Mr. Leyden how much I appreciated his part in the show...in person.

I pleaded with the ushers in the auditorium to let me see him but of course that privelege was reserved for people that held backstage passes. I was very disappointed but understood

Then the magic happened...again.  As I left, one of the young ushers came and whispered in my ear. "Go around to the back street stage door and wait. He will probably come out to talk with special guests that gather there." she said.  At my daughters urging I did just that.

I stood on the street next to Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini's leader, as he visited with his former music teacher. The crowd was not large but it still was a heady experience. Even though I wasn't, I felt like I was doing something illegal.

When I was about to leave, I found myself standing face to face with the then mayor of Portland, Tom Potter. Not even a man with that much power could help.  It turned out Mayor Potter hadn't seen Leyden either. Wow!

That was when I asked a back stage employee standing on the loading dock down the street to hand a note written on a Pink Martini Playbill to Mr. Leyden.  It said simply "Thank you" and I signed it Barbara. I included my phone number. See, I was hoping he would call so I could express my gratitude in person. I knew it was probably a dream that the note would even find Mr. Leyden let alone that he would call me but still....

I knew when the phone rang it was him...I don't know how that happened but it is true. We visited that winter morning and I told him how much I had loved his performance. I said that I truly hoped I would be giving the privilege of hearing him play again one day. He must have know I was sincere because his parting words were, "I'll see you next New Year's Eve."

How sweet it is. I have a crush on you sweetie pie.....

Happy Valentine's Day

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My husband and I have tickets for a Pink Martini concert here in Tucson in March! Life is good!
Note: Norman Leyden was born in 1917 and I he is still living in Portland. He performed with Pink Martini again just this last summer. He is 95.
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Feb 12, 2013

Joel Comm says, " #Spam me....please!" I say, "Me too."

Brief History: Civil War Pensions: The busines...
Business card or historic SPAM?
Brief History: Civil War Pensions: The business card of one of the many attorneys specializing in pension claims, circa 1895. SSA History Archives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are a blogger for business purposes or not, you know that leaving a connection in a comment to the place you work or write is risky business. I have always thought of it as leaving a business card. Others view it is SPAM! Wow! I suppose there is a very good reason for that but I am still a little puzzled about hiding out. Those of us that blog depend on our Google+ account or take the effort to leave a name and URL in the comment form. Honestly, I am not sure what we are hiding. The word recognition tool takes care of most of the computer generated spam anyway. I like the idea of making connections with the people that stop by to read. If I can help them, I am sure they will return the favor.

Post a guest article with me.
In the past I have charged for posts that had a business connection. I will probably continue to do that. My reasoning is simple. I have spent a lot of time building this blog's audience very like business people build a very good location to sell their goods. People that use that location by renting it pay for the effort put into developing the land, building, etc. A blog is like a virtual business building.

But for a little while I am inviting you to submit ideas relevant to my topic...living the third stage of life. Money, gifts, stories, travel, small space living, retirement lifestyle, grandparenting....send me the ideas for a guest blogger article and I will give you a shot at being a guest blogger. I will try to publish as many as possible free of charge. The property will remain your own...I am only displaying your product. I will allow you to post a link back to your online presence. It is that simple.

Spam Comments
I have changed the information on comments. Please leave a comment with a link to your website or business. Spam with a link to your business. All I ask is that you leave a thought relevant to the article and make it suitable for a child to read. Spam away as much as you want. I will erase anything that is not appropriate...just so you know. Some spam will go away if I think it does not fit.

All I am asking in return is for you to use Twitter to share my articles and post to your facebook account if it is appropriate. I would like for you to click the Google+ button too.

So there you have it...spam away people. Leave a comment, submit an article...use this blog for your very own purposes for a very short time. Let's have some fun!

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Note: I left a comment on a website today. This is what I said:

I have decided to open the door a crack. Spam has two sides. The computer generated stuff is invisible to me. I use word recognition for my comments and can delete any comments that simply do not fit.
However, if an online presence has something to say, I am all ears. Tell me who you are and link to your business or blog. The only caveat is that you make all comments tame enough that a child could read them without being tainted and that the comment be relevant to the article. We will see.
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