Dear Baby Boomer, What Are the Commericals in Your Personal Soap Opera?

This week I realized that all of life is one big Soap Opera. I than began to thank God for the commericials. I am talking about those short pauses that occur to give us peace, happiness or special excitment in the midst of the dramas. For example, something simple like reading a good book while in the waiting room of a doctor’s office with a loved one.

Oh, don’t forget about that new Zumba class or the collage making project. I have recently started a new hobby and reading, chatting about coin collecting. I even started a blog. So, now I relax with a magnifying class looking at my change before I roll it up.

My husband has started taking guitar lessons and yes he started a blog for that also. But, now he takes a pause to play with those chords. Sure will be glad when he can play that BB King he promised me.

Or going to your fav coffee shop or little diner to enjoy something special while waiting for the line in the “Whatever place of tension” to go down. How many of you know about the pause at the end of a very trying day relaxing on Twitter, in front of the TV or special quiet time of prayer?

Personally, my faith and humor is keeping me sane. So I welcome those commercials in  my life.

What every it is if you feel like sharing it just might help someone else today. But just remember don’t Tivo your life, keep those commercials coming.

More Money,More Money,More Money-Saving Tips From the Dolans

I simply love the Dolans.   They are two of the finest baby boomer role models I know.  I used to listen to them on the radio all the time. So I was delighted to find them online. Here is an  article on saving money for you to enjoy.

Their site is a powerful resource so be sure to keep it around by putting it into your RSS reader or bookmarking it.

Do You Have a Non-profit That Needs a Facebook Page?

Do you have a non-profit that needs a Facebook page? Do you already have an account in Facebook? If the answer is yes to both of these questions then it is time for you to create a page for that non-profit. A Facebook page can have pictures, event promotions, newsletter promotion plus more.

I want to share a great post I found, on this Memorial Day, that will take you step by step in the process. Later, I will share some ways to promote that page. If you create the page please share it as a comment to this post. But for now take read this post. Open another tab in your browser and create a page in your Facebook account.  Ready? Let’s get started right now.

Skype? Is it Just Hype? One Thing is For Sure You Won’t Need to Type

What is Skype?

Oprah is talking about Skype. So, I thought it would be good to share some basic info with my readers. I have and still use Skype and enjoy it. Yet, there is sooo many of the features I have not used. I am currently researching recording features so I can do a teleseminar via Skype.

Below is a Wikepedia definition of this cool tool.

Skype (IPA: [ska?p]) is a software application that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service, and in some countries to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlinesmobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing. and

Skype was written by Estonia-based developers Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn, who had also originally developed Kazaa.[1] The Skype Group, founded by Swedish-born entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, has its headquarters in Luxembourg, with offices in London, Tallinn, Tartu, Stockholm, Prague,[2]San Jose. and

One of the initial names for the project was “Sky peer-to-peer”, which was then abbreviated to “Skyper”. However some of the domain names associated with “Skyper” were already taken. Dropping the final ‘r’ left the current title “Skype”, for which domain names were available.

Skype has experienced rapid growth in popular usage since the launch of its services. The company was acquired by eBay in September 2005 for $2.6 billion. EBay has written Skype down to $1.7 billion on its books and announced a public stock offering for 2010 to spin Skype off as a separate company.

Must Read Updates on Skype

I am convinced that Skype is not just Hype!  Toolie turned me on to in and I am glad she did.

Would be interested in your views and experience.

Do You Have a Blog That Can Change the World With Messages on Wings?

Birds cover the world just like your blog message

Do you have a blog that can change the world? Do your messages fly on wings of hope, help, heroes, and human change? If yes, please read this post and share your site as a comment.

Let us show the world that baby boomers are making a difference with their blogs!

PS, it is ok if you are not a baby boomer reading this, world change is world change

Membership Site Software-Which One???

I am currently researching membership sites. Ray and I are planning to start one and have gotten several suggestions. I saw this insightful post providing a good explanation of several sites. When you combine the information in this post with the meaty comments you get a fair and objective overview.

So, if you have questions, submit the question as a comment. The author, Charly Leetham knows what she is talking about and provides training and information just right for folks who want to get good information but not at a frantic pace.

I have decided to add her to the list of great online trainers I have met. So read this insightful post discussing a few of the popular membership sites.

What Happens When You Are Not Your Mom’s Favorate? Revealing New Book

A few months ago I met the author, of Broken Birds online. She told me about her upcoming book and suggested that she share an excerpt on this blog when it was completed. Well she remembered me and sent the chapter below. Now, I have not read the book but the excerpt I am sharing today is engaging.
It is all about family favorites and the impact on the family. So enjoy!

There is a truth in war; Every Survivor has a story to tell. Sadly, it is very true. Each has remembrances of evil

too horrible to talk about, but unable to be forgotten. But, what of their children, the second and third generations? We too have stories to tell. our tales are not of prison guards and ovens, but of parents, who because of the war, were badly broken.

Mom was about twelve years old when she was torn from her mother. She ran into the forest alongside her older brother to escape certain elimination by the Nazis. The chimneys of Auschwitz were the final destination for Dad’s family. He quickly determined that remaining in any slave labor camp meant eventual death so, by volunteering for any job offered, the Nazis transferred him from one camp to another. A daring escape at a train station during one of these transfers allowed him to wait out the remainder of the war in a barn.

In the blink of an eye, both my parents were cheated out of the formidable years of young adolescence. Changed forever, their only goal now was to go forward and live.

Five children came from their union. I was the second born and lived happily in my Fantasy world, feeling that my early years were wonderful. I married at the age of nineteen and Mom was determined to teach me important life lessons. “Don’t invest yourself too much in your marriage,” she repeated. “But don’t you dare lose your husband, because after you have children and get fat who will want you…..no one. Always let him love you more, and never really trust him,” she warned me constantly.

Mom spoke the word “Stranger” was spoken about with as much distain as any four letter word, and since spouses didn’t share your blood, they weren’t exactly family. It was ironic, because Mom loved Dad above all others, including us.

As families go, we probably fought no more than any other family did. However, Mom never permitted us to have a healthy resolution. “Just turn the other cheek,” she had always told us, and since Mom said it, it was so.

I turned my check many times; however, none of us could forget why we had fought. We merely pushed it under the rug….where it festered.

My husband and I once entered into a business dealing with my younger brother and his wife. The deal went sour and they ran off with our business information, refusing to make the agreed upon payments. “Turn the other cheek. You know that blood is more important,” Mom said.

When a business venture involving my younger sister, went awry, she decided to pay me back by at the expense of my children. At the time, I was borrowing her address to get my children into a better school district. To inflict the maximum amount of hurt, she contacted the Board of Education and informed them that my children no longer lived at her address. The following year, my children would not be able to return to their school. “It doesn’t matter. It is better your children are sad than to loose your sister, and you need your sister!” Mom said.

Mom died of a stroke in 2004. She had not been in good health, but we were all surprised just the same. Her Last Will and Testament would be our family’s’ final undoing. She gave one of five children the family home, leaving the rest of us, including our father to wonder what we had done wrong.

We all entered inheritance hell and for over four years, fought both in and out of court. This was not about the money, but about Mom’s love and legacy. Each of us felt we deserved equality. Without Mom, there was no one to bind the family together or to stop us from really fighting. Old scores were finally and bitterly, settled. Forcibly jettisoned from my fantasy world, I saw my family more clearly now.

Now that our legal battle is over, some of us are growing ever closer as we cast others away. I have learned many valuable lessons about what I will do before the end of my life. My children will each get equal shares of whatever is in the estate at that time. During my lifetime if I need to be more generous with one child, I will do so openly. It is important that my children are able to discuss with me any troubling questions that might reside in their hearts.

I have learned that despite the sorrow Mom caused and the anger I felt, my love for this broken bird has not wavered. She has been and will always be my Momila.

Jeannette Katzir, author of
Broken Birds, The Story of my Momila.

A Baby Boomer Mom Passes On A Mother’s Day Gift of Time

There were many Mother Day messages yesterday. Many came from internet marketers. But after hearing a great message at church from my Pastor’s wife I read a post that was special. Why was it special? Because the focus was on how older women sustain dramas in their life.  These older women have passed this on to younger women and the keep doing it.

Hence, baby boomer women have not only learned how to cope with life issues from older women in their lives, but are finding added purpose by passing on their knowledge and expertise to younger women today. Now we have the internet. That means blogging and other forms of social media are making it even easier for us to share our wisdom.

Now, off course, baby boomer men are doing the same thing. But today I wanted to showcase a baby boomer woman who posted a message on time management on a blog talking about babies. How cool is that?

The blog is titled, Baby Boomer Bites, and read the About the Author section of the blog to get an idea of the wisdom behind this site.

    Nonna Joann Bruso is the Baby Bites Blogger

    Let me give you a big Nonna hug to welcome you to my blog home. My grandkids call me “Nonna,” and you can, too.

    It’s true, “Necessity is the (grand) mother of invention.” Stumped over failed methods that did nothing to change my grandson’s picky eating, I was asked for suggestions on how to overcome his aversion to eating many foods. I have over 40 years of experience in parenting and nutrition has been a passion (which began by solving another health issue for a daughter).

    After throwing out trendy (but ineffective) methods and implementing a multi-sensory approach, we began to see a dramatic transformation in a matter of days! We were ecstatic when Joshy, the king of picky eaters, began to eat once-refused whole foods on his own! I call this technique the Baby Bite steps. It works for all picky eaters, because it’s not really about eating, but about learning. Of course, it didn’t take long and the Baby Bite steps became a book: “Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater.” Next, it seemed logical for twice-weekly podcast, “What’s Cookin’ with Nonna?” where I serve up oodles of food fun and hot kitchen tips, with a generous helping of sizzling nutrition news…and now the Baby Bites Blog!

    Make yourself at home and let’s chat. I’ll do everything I can to help you transform your picky eater into a healthy eater!

    So, enjoy this post called A Mother’s Day Gift for you. And for all the baby boomers reading this post, keep passing it on!

Scholar Programs, Scholarship And Summer Jobs For Your Grandchildren

Some of you reading this may have grandchildren or even children of age to consider these scholarship or job opportunities. I was on the look out because of many friends I know who have a child or grandchild jumping out there into the workforce hustle or still need some assistance.

I will continue to post things I come across but if you have additional information please post as a comment. Thanks so much.

I admit that I am tempted to go back to school, take the SAT again, score high and apply for some of these programs. But only the ones that do not have an age cap then I can say to Eyewitness News…(Just kidding, I think)

Princeton University has a Summer Journalism Program for low-income high school sophomores or juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA(on a 4.0 scare) who have an interest in journalism. The cost is FREE including travel costs to and from Princeton. Apply Now

Central Intelligence Agency  Undergraduate Scholar Program

Graduating sebuirs  17-24 can consider applying for a paid community service program in Washington, DC for 10 months. Visit the website for more information on this Americorp opportunity. Or you can call 202-776-7780. Remember this is a paid community service position that will provide oodles of experiance.

Do you know of any family earning less than $60,000 per year with an honor student graduating from school in spring 2010? If yes, let them know that Harvard University wants to pay that students  college tuition. Visit Harvard’s admissions website.

I don’t know anyone who has used it yet but I ran across this online resource called Summer Jobs.

Here is a great site for summer camps looking for staff.