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Take advantage of your smart phone apps this summer!

Smart phones are powerful tools that can be used to enhance the things we enjoy. One of the great features of smart phones is all of the apps (applications) that can run on your phone. These programs make your phone a more useful tool by adding more functionality, especially when you’re on the move. Here are just a few of those handy apps.
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Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: Jamesey Thomas/Number of views (97)/Comments (-)/

Thinking outside the typical job-hunting box

Starting over at 57

I may have to retire from my career job but that does not mean I am retiring from ever earning an income again. I have marketable skills that are valued in today’s workplace market. There are lots of income opportunities out there. I simply have to figure out how to turn these opportunity options into an income reality that works for me. 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (147)/Comments (-)/

Fourth of July and tomato pie

How are you celebrating Independence Day?

Fourth of July is the time for two of our favorite family traditions—patriotic music and home grown tomato pie. Want to share in our traditions? Read on for the secret tomato pie recipe back on Mother’s Day weekend when I planted our garden. As for our love affair with patriotic songs, that started back in the 70s.
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Thursday, July 03, 2014/Author: Pat Gilbert/Number of views (308)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

Becoming a parent at (almost) 50

I became a new parent twice last year for the first time. Did I defy nature and give birth two times in one year? No. I officially became a parent for the first time to my darling 9 year-old twin stepsons when I married the love of my life; and a second time when I became my father's primary caregiver.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Dawn Anderson/Number of views (234)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

How well did I know my dad?

Perhaps not as well as I thought, until he was gone

My father, Daniel Jenerson III, died September 19, 1992. At his funeral I was surprised to hear from neighborhood families about how he helped them in their time of need…diapers when their children were born…food when there was none…helping with auto repair costs. Who was this man they were talking about?
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Sunday, June 15, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (345)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

The nest is empty ... now what?

It’s not the getting old part, it’s feeling old

I feel old. Not only did I turn 50 years old last month, but my youngest son graduated from high school and is heading out of state to start college. For the first time in 21 years, I will not have any children at home. I feel that time is moving too fast and I want to yell at it to slow down. Sound familiar?
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Friday, June 13, 2014/Author: Michele Dinman/Number of views (859)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

So what about retirement? If you can, do you want to?

Starting over at 57

Thirty-five years of saving, 10 years of aggressive investing and the last five years of  learning to live on 32%-46% of my salary, had finally paid off. I could retire and have more income during retirement than I have while still working. But my heart is not in it to retire ... yet.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (364)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

Turning ageism on its age

Starting over at 57

I’ve been on a couple of interviews now and they have been most enlightening. Every one has been hosted by individuals decades younger and considerably less experienced. There have been some awkward moments and some engaging ones. Who knew that I could charm these young folks into seriously considering me to be a part of their team, working under their direction?
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (368)/Comments (-)/
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Neutralizing the naysayers

Starting over at 57

“Now you’ll see what the rest of us have been dealing with … let’s see how long you’ll be a confirmed practicing optimist now! … you’ve been living the high life, welcome to the real world!”
I could go on, but you get the idea of what I’ve been bombarded with since I informed some of the people in my small world about my impending job loss.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (390)/Comments (-)/

Building strong bones now for your future

May is National Osteoporosis Month - break free!

My mom tripped on an area rug a few weeks ago, causing her to fall and fracture her pelvis and hip.  According to her physician, it was the “best” hip fracture to have; she only needed three rods in her hip instead of a hip replacement.  In the past, she’s also had multiple compression fractures in her spine. Why so many bone breaks? Just like her mother before her, my mom suffers from osteoporosis. There are ways to help reduce your risk.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014/Author: Michele Dinman/Number of views (822)/Comments (-)/
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Finding your way back after a later-in-life job loss

Starting over at 57

 We have been informed that you and your staff will not be a part of the new program as had been originally planned. As of July 1, 2014, your office and positions will be dissolved”…
 
Anyone ever heard something like this before? Mary Calhoun found herself in a situation that many older workers have experienced. For her, putting on a positive attitude was key for moving forward.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (592)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50
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Every day is Mother's Day!

A tribute to moms everywhere

This year celebrates 100 years since Anna Jarvis was successful in her movement to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. We were raised with our father telling us that “every day is Mother’s Day!"  He was instilling in us the importance of appreciating a stay-at-home mom raising eight daughters and five sons. He was teaching us to say thank you.
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Thursday, May 08, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (635)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50
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