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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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Mad Musings


First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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The section you will see a swear or two in. Not that I am a big fan, but sometimes situation can't be helped

Not So Recent Reads


Here you will find books that I have read, reading or intend to read. More Recent Reads => CLICK HERE.

just Writing


I intend to use this area to catalog my writing journey and collect tidbits of information on the authoring process.

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These are areas I am very much interested in. From time to time, as I am so moved, I free think here as well

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Advice From (Almost) Anyone

July 2, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you take only what is worth having. He who takes advice about his savings from one who is inexperienced in such matters, shall pay with his savings for proving the falsity of their opinions.”

Source: Why You Shouldn’t Take Advice From (Almost) Anyone
Comments: Really good piece.

Being Fit in Middle Age May Protect Against Depression

June 27, 2018 – 9:07 pm | No Comment
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About 16 million adults in the U.S., and 350 million people around the world, have depression, a major source of physical and mental disability. It affects people’s employment and their ability to socialize and maintain …

The Really Surprising Thing People Get Wrong In Retirement

June 19, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment
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Saving money can be difficult. But spending it? That part was supposed to be easy for retirees who’ve spent decades building up their nest eggs for their golden years.
Source: The Really Surprising Thing People Get …

Do Americans Know How Much Trouble They’re In?

June 19, 2018 – 4:56 am | No Comment
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A President who invokes absolute authority to…pardon himself. An ambassador to Germany who declares he wants to…topple the German government. Senators — the most powerful people in democracy, save the President — knocking on the door of a …
Source: …

When should you retire? Don’t die at your desk 

June 19, 2018 – 4:51 am | No Comment
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Fritz Gilbert knew in his 20s that he did not want to die at his desk. Gilbert, 55, who retired last week, started saving decades ago for what could be one of our most fraught …

10 Years Younger Through Exercise

June 14, 2018 – 9:22 pm | No Comment
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We’ve known for a long time that exercise is healthy. However, a long-term study conducted by sports scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has found that people who lead active lifestyles are around 10 years …

Woulda, coulda, shoulda: the haunting regret of failing our ideal selves

May 29, 2018 – 8:32 am | No Comment
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Psychologist Tom Gilovich and a former Cornell graduate student have found people are haunted more by regrets about failing to fulfill their hopes and dreams than by regrets about failing to fulfill their responsibilities.
Forsaken dreams. …

Why Training Your Mind Is the Most Important Priority in Life

May 8, 2018 – 10:17 pm | No Comment
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A young, but earnest, martial arts student asked his new teacher: “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?”
The teacher replied casually: “Ten years.”
The student wanted …

How To Burn Fat While Running

May 8, 2018 – 3:30 am | No Comment
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Is it better to run on an empty stomach to boost fat burning or to jog at a low heart rate to stay in the right “zone”? Or, should we do short but exhausting intervals …

Employees Don’t Quit Their Job; They Quit Their Boss!

April 23, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
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Employees might join companies, but they leave managers. Too many managers view their position as one of entitlement rather than one of responsibility. In days past, managers would focus on developing their employees. Today they …

How to live it up without going broke before you die

April 23, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment
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I know how to save. It’s in my DNA.
Spending, now that’s a challenge. My dog chewed away part of the cushion on the inside of one of my shoes. You can clearly see his bite …

The Rich Are Betting On Living to 100

April 21, 2018 – 9:46 pm | No Comment
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Money might not buy love, but it can buy better health. And, to live as long as possible, the world’s wealthy are willing to pay up.
Over the past few decades, the average person’s lifespan has risen almost …

4 steps to prepare for a secure retirement

April 21, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment
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I enjoy almost every aspect of cooking, from finding recipes to plating. (In fairness, does anyone really enjoy cleaning up afterward?)
I spend about 45 minutes planning, preparing, and plating a meal that takes my family …

Meet Vicki Robin, the FIRE Early Retirement Community Idol

April 19, 2018 – 1:00 am | No Comment
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Vicki Robin literally wrote the book on retiring happy.

Vicki Robin had no idea she’d become a millennial icon.
The 72-year-old coauthor of the 1992 bestseller Your Money or Your Life was recuperating from a hip replacement …

How to Retire on $500K In Your 50’s or 60’s

April 2, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment
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Yes, it’s possible to retire on $500K in your 50’s and 60’s. Here’s how to do it safely and stretch your dollars as much as possible.
Question: Is it possible to retire on $500K (i.e. $500,000) …

Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer?

March 30, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
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Memento mori – invitations to reflect on our own mortality – have been common throughout history. Two ancient traditions that made reflection on death central to their paths are Buddhism and Stoicism. For both, the …

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

March 21, 2018 – 10:22 pm | No Comment
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Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new …

Where Are We in ‘The Cycle’?

March 4, 2018 – 2:34 am | No Comment
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When viewed through a business-cycle lens, the current economy is showing signs of both mid- and late-cycle dynamics.
Source: Where Are We in ‘The Cycle’?
My Comments: A really good primer on the business by Karen Wallace …

Dread accompanies me through life but it is not without consolation

February 21, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment
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One morning, my father died at home. I awoke to a call for help – my name shouted once, loudly, desperately, fearfully, by my mother – ran into my parents’ bedroom, and found my father …

The Secrets to Living a Longer and Better Life

February 18, 2018 – 8:19 pm | No Comment
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Old age demands to be taken very seriously–and it usually gets its way. It’s hard to be cavalier about a time of life defined by loss of vigor, increasing frailty, rising disease risk and falling …

How to Build Self Discipline To Exercise

February 12, 2018 – 12:18 am | No Comment
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Even when you’re not in the mood
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get in shape, now comes the hard part: sticking with it. This is the time when many of us begin …

Is Constantly Reading the News Bad? 

February 5, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
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If you’re bingeing on the 24/7 news cycle, you’re probably asking for trouble
A recent survey from the American Psychological Association found that, for many Americans, “news consumption has a downside.”
More than half of Americans say the news …

Essential Guide to Walking and Steps 

February 2, 2018 – 1:44 am | No Comment
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Walking is one of the most rewarding lifelong activities you can choose. While it may not be a huge calorie burner — the average person burns about 100 calories or so per mile — adding …

What Skill is Hard to Learn But will Payoff

January 30, 2018 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
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Taming your mind is one of the hardest skill to learn but pays off in the longer run. Usually this involves self-evaluation and accountability. I will list a few skills, which point towards the master …

As a dying person, what is your advice to the living? – Quora

January 24, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment
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I have far more I’d like to say on this topic than can be contained in a single post. So I will summarize my top five here and do follow-up articles on each of the …

Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death cleaning.’

October 14, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
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If your family doesn’t want your stuff when you’re alive, they sure won’t want it when you’re dead.
That’s the blunt assessment of yet another self-help author from abroad who is trying to get Americans, who …

Start planning now to care for elderly parents

October 12, 2017 – 2:30 am | No Comment
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If you have an aging parent and want a glimpse of what the future holds, look no further than Leslie Glutzer.
The 66-year-old from Chicago has a mom who is 92, dealing with dementia, now living …

A pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct

October 7, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment
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This might strike you as overly optimistic or pessimistic, depending on your worldview. Certain apocalyptic scenarios envision a perfect storm of inequality, resource scarcity and political instability wiping out civilization as we know it in …

The Longevity Gap

October 5, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
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The disparity between top earners and everyone else is staggering in nations such as the United States, where 10 per cent of people accounted for 80 per cent of income growth since 1975. The life …

Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

October 5, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment
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In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in …

How to put a dynamic retirement spending strategy in place

September 25, 2017 – 8:34 am | No Comment
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Welcome to retirement at the beginning of the 21st century: People are living longer, return expectations are muted for the foreseeable future, and employer-funded pension plans are becoming a thing of the past. This is not …

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