Hope for Retirees ?! and a Russian Poet’s “Love of Life on the Downside”

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1. HOPE!

Thanks to two WSJ OPED authors that assured me Boomers may have bigger nest eggs that some darned FED statistics suggest.

The link to this upbeat Golden Year article is: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579329012635470796 [ this is the source of my nest egg image by the way ].

2. Loving Life on the Downslope – Thank you Pushkin!

Quoting from a recent WSJ article about a classic mid-life elegy (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304325004579298622623826110)

“Pushkin bestows what is almost certainly among the shortest and most powerful inventory of life’s immutable treasures penned by a poet:

“I know there shall be enjoyments for me

Amid sorrows, cares and anxieties:

At times I again will be intoxicated by harmony,

Weep over my fantasy’s creation,

And perhaps on my sad sunset

Love will shine its farewell smile.” “

Enough said for now (as I’m looking downslope).

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Yet another pain reliever study – TYLENOL

Lower back pain may not be mitigated by Tylenol (according to this TIME magazine article).

In my own “lumbar” journey – I found that core exercises, yoga and Naproxyn worked. TYlenol didn’t.

Good luck to those 2/3rds of American adults that experience lower back pain! You can ease the pain – yet it takes work.

DF

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Big Data and Ethics – future think…

. This [http://om.co/2014/07/08/with-big-data-comes-big-responsibility/] is a provocative blog about a timely topic – BIG DATA.

Remembering that technology’s root is “things that serve society”: I am cautiously optimistic that society can shape how big data and analytics provide just enough information (J-E-I) about our lives and lifestyles.

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Gallup says . . . sales may not follow your social media efforts

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Boys in the Boat and Boys in the Normandy hedgerows – Citing attributes of our Greatest Generation

June 6th, 2014

refs: 

1. http://www.danieljamesbrown.com/books/the-boys-in-the-boat/#.U5HrvXJdWSo 

2. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/06/06/d-day-never-to-be-forgotten-morning-70-years-ago/

My wife and I truly enjoyed group time with author Daniel James Brown this week. He shared his journey to reconstruct and celebrate the lives of nine college boys in their quest to gain Olympic Gold.  The event was part of his paperback book tour for an extraordinary work.

This author’s visit to San Diego, which  converged with the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord and the Normandy invasion, provides a superb chance to share five human themes of greatness. Human traits of a golden crew also fit the boys of the greatest generation that saved and changed our world in the last century:

1. Humility

 2. Oneness

  3. Perseverance

   4. Alchemy

    5. Underdog toughness.

Where do we get such boys?

In the Depression years, those rough and ready Huskies from Washington were underdogs time and again. Their years of blisters, blustery practices under a solemn coach, privation and poverty evolved 8 oarsmen and a cerebral coxswain  into an unified crew that ultimately stunned Hitler in Berlin.

In the World War that followed, teen and twenty-something boys from our great country tapped their inner strengths, sense of duty /honor and camaraderie to ultimately defeat Axis Powers.  Gratefully, Hitler lost in both stories to our boys.

Powerful stuff – yes?

Both the sport of rowing and our world benefited from boys that gave a sport and global conflict their all.

Bless ‘em.

 

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Corre, Teddy, corre!

The Washington Nationals’ Presidential races are hilarious.

 

I last saw Teddy lose on cinco de mayo – hence the corre, Teddy, corre plea.

 

Let Teddy Win!

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The Most interesting man in the World is a Vermonter

This is an interesting “Rest of the” story about the Dos Equis spokesperson – the most interesting man in the world.

 

Hats off to the Green Mountains – 

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Flags in – Memorial Day remembrance of those who gave ALL

From a lawmaker that I respect:

Flags In – A Reminder of the First Amendment
By Congressman Randy Forbes
May 23, 2014

On the Thursday evening before Memorial Day, every available soldier in the U.S. Army’s Old Guard comes together to walk the rows of more than 260,000 gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery. With careful precision, they place an American flag one foot in front of each grave marker. For the duration of the weekend, the Old Guard stays in the cemetery, ensuring a flag remains in front of each grave marker.

This tradition called “Flags In” has been conducted every year since 1948. The flags add color and a sort of hope to the otherwise subdued white grave markers. But it’s more than a colorful display of patriotism. It is 260,000 distinct  reminders of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

The First Amendment of our Constitution outlines some of those freedoms that our Founding Fathers saw as inherent to our DNA as a nation. The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In other words, the First Amendment expresses freedoms that are at the core of liberty. The First Amendment outlines inalienable rights, and seeks to protect those rights for every citizen in the United States.

We enjoy these freedoms every day. We enjoy them when we attend church, write a letter to the editor expressing a disagreement with a government policy, or sign a petition expressing support for some effort of community betterment. But these freedoms don’t come free. They came – and continue to come – at a very high price.

This Memorial Day, the significance of the First Amendment is not lost on me. As I look out over the 260,000 flags on grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery, I am reminded of those who won these freedoms for us. The grave markers at Arlington are only a small representation of the thousands and thousands of veterans’ grave markers that exist across this nation. These grave markers often represent men and women who gave their lives in service of our nation. 

Memorial Day is special, not just simply because we recognize those who paid, as President Lincoln said so eloquently, “the last full measure of devotion” for their country. Memorial Day is special because it is a reminder of the very high cost at which our rights come.

Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors for the liberties expressed in the First Amendment. And every year since the Declaration of Independence was signed, men and women in our Armed Forces ­ have stepped forward to pledge their own lives and sacred honors for the continuity of those liberties. 

The freedom we have to express our religious values? We owe gratitude to our men and women in uniform.

Our freedom to express our opinions publicly? The simple act of picking up a newspaper or choosing where we consume our news? We can thank military service members. 

The freedom to peaceably assemble? We enjoy this right because of those who served.

This is precisely why so many of us are troubled at continued efforts by a small minority to water down the rights expressed in the First Amendment. Many organizations are forced to mute religious expressions. Citizens have come under fire for exercising their freedom to display the American flag. The government’s increasing role in electronic information in the name of security has brought up many conversations on privacy and its connection to the freedom of expression.

It is troubling because those who seek to water down these First Amendment rights seem to forget the sacrifice that was paid for those freedoms. Yet, the two cannot be separated because one exists at the protection of the other.

Walking among the rows of white crosses at Arlington National Cemetery, I can’t help but think of the words by Oliver Wendell Holmes: “At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight.” 

Let’s not give up the fight for these liberties. We owe it to those we remember this weekend. Those who have fought for and protected – in blood, lives, and sacrifice – the freedoms we enjoy every day.”

Here’s to those that gave their ultimate sacrifices so that we can enjoy FREEDOMs!Image

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