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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I know, when you read that title you probably thought that I was going to write something about ...well, videos. But actually, that's a new acronym I just learned recently. It stands for Vaccine Induced Disease Epidemic Outbreaks. I'm not going to attempt to convince you to take sides in this issue, but I hope you will take a few minutes to do a little personal research before you allow anyone to stick a needle in your arm to give you another vaccine for any reason.

I was in one of the very early groups to take the polio vaccine, and I still remember it quite well. My whole family went to the local high school gymnasium and stood in a long line to get our dose. We didn't know at the time that many of the people in that line might actually become victims of polio, and later sue because it was determined that it was from the too-high levels of the polio virus in the vaccine. The later Sabine version was safer, I later read, but the damage was done.

I'll give you just two links to get you started on your personal research.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you will come back and share your thoughts with all of us.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Looking for extra income?

I'm not sure how all this economic downturn has affected you and your retirement, or your plans for retirement, but I can tell you that I was really excited recently when I found an online site where I can put my writing skills to work for some extra income. Some assignments are very long-term, others may be completed in just a few hours. You decide what you are interested in. If you are a programmer, coder, transcriber, technical writer, creative writer, or virtual assistant, you can probably find something on that fits your skills. You can even take tons of tests for free and post your results to show potential employers on the site, and that can boost your chances of getting hired. Rather than try to tell you everything here, why not just go to the site by clicking on this square link below, and see for yourself. I hope you find JUST what you need here. Let me know how it goes, ok?
The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just a Quick Note

Life has become far more hectic since I retired last December. It is a bit surprising just how busy you can get when you don't have a job. I had visions of sleeping late, sitting by the pool with a good book, having a good meal with a glass of wine, staying up too late. Actually, I must admit that I have done all of those things since I retired, but only on a very few occasions. Fortunately I have been very busy with projects around the house and traveling with family, so that other boring lifestyle I dreamed of after retirement hasn't plagued me yet. One thing I do regret is that I haven't found time to keep in touch or to keep this blog up to date like I had hoped. But it is very important to me to thank all of you for your emails and comments. I'm surprised how many of you will email me but are too ...shy to comment on the blog for others to see.
We just returned from the first two-week vacation we've taken in our 37 years of marriage. It was lovely, but I'm happy to sleep in my own bed. I will now be able to schedule some writing time I hope, so I look forward to hearing from you. Keep in touch, subscribe to the RSS feed, and let me know what's on your mind.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beware of Scams!

As a service to my friends and loyal readers, I'd like to pass along a website that I have discovered quite by accident. If you have some spare time and not much spare change, so you're looking for ways to make some money working from home, be very, very careful. ALMOST every offer you see online is just a scam designed to make money for someone else. YOUR money. So look before you leap by subscribing to the free newsletter offer you will find at The research has already been done for you, the scams identified, and recommended sites are listed for you to consider. So far I've been very happy with what I've learned here. If you use this site I would really appreciate your feedback here, good or bad.
It is possible to make money online, working from home in your underwear. Just don't fall for the millions in a month offers. It takes work and persistence and patience. Oh, and it might take months before you begin to see any success at all. After that, well, that is up to you. Most people either sign up for the wrong oportunities, or they quit just before the success window begins to open.

FAT TIRE is Coming to Georgia!!

In May 2009. If you don't know what that is, well, sorry 'bout that. Keep your eyes open.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stay Tuned, loyal readers!

Last time I wrote, life was hectic, I was very busy, and frankly I could not make time in my life for my favorite hobby, writing. Thats not a good state to be in. But then the unthinkable happened and suddenly I had all the time in the world. My company invited me, and about 100 of my peers, to take early retirement. They invited me to fire myself, and they offered some nice incentives. Now this was just before the whole economic system fell off the edge. Things were slowing, there were some headline articles using the "R" word. Housing seemed to be the real problem. Greedy lenders, unsophisticated buyers, all riding the crest of a wave that had to break sooner or later. Well, all that has now happened, and we are learning that housing was just one of many shaky bits. We've learned just how special some high level management folks think they are, losing millions for their shareholders while pocketing millions in options and bonuses and other perks, and haughtily saying they "deserve" it all. Well, it seems to me that if you own a bit of my business and I run it into the ground, you are not going to be too eager to give me a bonus for losing your money. Am I just missing something here?

Enough of that. It's all been talked to death already, and there are no quick cures for what ails us now. We have not seen the bottom. We have nothing with which to compare this quagmire. So lets talk about something else. Something much more personal. I'm learning that as we age certain things are likely to happen. Among them is the likelihood that some things won't work quite like they used to, and some things will send us some very painful messages to let us know they are not working so well any longer. The doctors have a nice word for that. Neuropathy, nerve pain. I know. So I'm asking you to please stay tuned here, check in once in awhile, because I'm going to start telling you all about neuropathy and what you might be able to do to relieve some (or all) of your nerve pain, with the advice and consent and help of your doctor, of course. I don't believe in the shotgun approach to resolving illnesses as a general rule. But in my case, I'm throwing everything I have at this because frankly, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I unexpectedly found myself retired, and in too much pain to even celebrate my new freedom. So I'm not really very patient with the idea of being a patient right now.

Either right here on this blog, or on a website or blog I will direct you too, I will provide some information about various therapies I am doing and affiliate links you can use to buy the devices I'm using. This is not intended to be medical advice. I am not qualified to do that. This is more in the nature of a personal testimonial concerning some severe nerve pain and how I am learning to deal with it. I urge you to make your doctor, naturopath, chiropractor, or who ever else you consult, your ally in dealing with this so that you can get on with enjoying your life.

As I began to experience these pains, I was clueless as to what was happening to me, who I should consult with, or how to simply get through the next night. Since it is more narrowly focused than I wanted this blog to be, I am leaning toward starting a new blog or creating a website just for nerve pain, with special concern for the baby boomers who have become loyal readers. I've enjoyed writing for many years, and I do appreciate the occasional e-mails some of you have sent. I hope to hear from more of you and more often, now that I have more time to read and reply. I hope to have this new site ready for you by the end of March, '09.

Stay Tuned!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Times They Are A-Changin'

I have left my post. I've abandoned my writing. I have grown tired.
All of these might have been suitable titles for this post, but the sad fact is that I have just been too busy and could never find both the time and energy to sit here and create. I will soon be retiring and perhaps I will find some time then, though to tell the truth, retirement looks even busier than working every day. There are things to repair that have been overlooked or ignored. There are things to paint that I have conveniently put off. There are bathrooms to upgrade. There is ALWAYS yardwork to be done.

Actually, I don't feel too bad about not posting anything here since August, because I appear to be the only one who ever visits this blog anyway. That's not a whiny complaint, just an observation. I haven't done much to encourage visitors or promote the site in any way. I write as an outlet, and because practice is important. I used to believe that practice makes perfect, but then I learned that nobody is perfect, so I quit practicing. But now I plan to find time to practice and if you have wandered back here again, I hope you will find something interesting to read. Even more important, I hope you will PLEASE leave a comment or at least say hello. Til then (December 19th) I won't try to write more.