Monastery Candy Christmas Treat: Gift-giving with a higher purpose
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
2y ago
We try to add a local flavor to our gifts. For Christmas, we found a local abbey in very Catholic Dubuque where the nuns make and sell caramels and chocolates. Aptly named, Monastery Candy. The sales support the Cistercian Trappist nuns’ contemplative lifestyle in the Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey. We ordered a case of twelve for pick-up at the Abbey. Figuring a trip over would be a day adventure and not much different in cost than shipping. And we’d be ready to share our Monastery Candy Christmas treat with friends and family. The object of our day adventure to Our Lady of the Mississippi ..read more
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They Shall Not Grow Old
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
2y ago
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. For the Fallen By Laurence Binyon 11th Hour 11th Day 11th Month: At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.  They shall not grow old. Remembering all who served freedom. The Gift of Peace History is full of wars of conquest. Sacrificing for the freedom of others and defending peace is a rarer gift. We’re thankful for our Veterans who gave us the gift of peace and freedom. Remembrance ..read more
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Exercise for Male Boomers, Everything’s Changed
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
2y ago
Exercise for male Boomers should be different than exercise at 30Something. We’re reading a new book for our Aging With Freedom® Book Club by an exercise physiologist to world-class athletes. You’re Too Old to Die Young, by Dan Zeman. It includes an introductory forward by Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France champion before the age of performance-enhancing drugs. It’s another book on aging successfully, billed as a wake-up call for the male Baby Boomer on how to age with dignity. Zeman starts with the observation that Boomers inherited from the Greatest Generation a longer lifespan due to a ..read more
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Find a penny, pick it up
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
2y ago
Find a penny, pick it up all day long you’ll have good luck. Put the penny in your shoe, and good luck will come to you! Finding your Lucky Penny & Encore Entrepreneurship I met Brian Munoz of Penny Luck Shoes® through a business colleague in Round Rock, Texas. My friend bragged up Penny Luck®. And, after meeting Brian Munoz, it’s hard to resist his infectious optimism embodying the American Dream. But a successful business, especially an encore business, requires more than a dream. Brian’s success is a good reminder that luck finds those who practice persistence and networking. The curren ..read more
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Penny Luck Shoes® Winning Style
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
3y ago
Penny Luck Shoes® winning style contributes to Aging With Freedom®. Penny Luck Shoes (American) Dreamer Oxfords in Olive-Green.No one could see your shoes on Zoom During the lost year of COVID, casual footwear dominated because no one could see your feet on Zoom. If you wore shoes at all. Suddenly with the reemergence for work and society wardrobes are expanding to meet the renewed need for socially appropriate style. Not sure I wore dress shoes more than a couple of times last year after an early March wedding in 2020. The First Daughter got married the weekend before the lockdown. Our long-p ..read more
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Balance like a dancer with strength and flexibility
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
3y ago
Strength. Flexibility. Balance. The movement triple play. And the greatest of these is? When we’re young it’s all about strength. How much can you lift? How fast can you go? Then maintaining flexibility comes more to the fore to hold the aches and pains at bay. But the loss of which of the three takes you down? And fast? Losing your balance. As we age, balance issues threaten hip fractures and constrain mobility. Elder survival rates after a hip fracture are scary poor. All three movement elements are necessary and none alone are sufficient. But we have well-developed advocates and routines fo ..read more
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55+ Community Average Age?
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
3y ago
A reader of Aging With Freedom recently asked: “What is the average age in a 55 + active adult community? 70? 75? 80?…” – Mark McNully. And that’s where we answered Mark’s question, but rather than leaving it buried in the comments? We explored a similar topic for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) or Lifeplan Communities inWhat Will Be The Baby Boomer Entry Age Into Senior Living? But here, we’re focused on the Active Adult Community average age. Turns out, the answer to this seemingly simple question is not simple. So, we’re expanding our answer to help others who might ponder th ..read more
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Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
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by Daniel
3y ago
Key traits of successful entrepreneurs predict the success of your business and screen for if you should be an entrepreneur. The legacy of our careers echoes in our retirement. It always informs our experience of life. Occasionally we share specific stories or lessons from our working life. Lori was a real estate construction manager. So, Lori shares design and construction insights. Like, “Good design doesn’t have to be more expensive than bad design.” Dan founded and ran a venture capital fund and coached hundreds of business owners. So, Dan shares lessons from business and entrepreneurship ..read more
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Emotional Pattern Recognition
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by Daniel
3y ago
Understanding your customer’s why What emotion drives your customer to buy? Whether it’s music, boats, technology, or senior living? Each buyer resonates with a particular emotional appeal. The music example first. My rural roots keep resurfacing in my favorite songs. One of the essential entrepreneurial skills is pattern-recognition. So, I’m fascinated by recurring themes in the economy, in a business, or in my own life. There’s almost always a lesson in a pattern if you can extend the general rule to the next specific case. Or to the analog. Songs are pre-packaged emotions. The surest mood-a ..read more
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The Ranch Stillwater OK a Cautionary Tale
Aging With Freedom
by Daniel
3y ago
The Ranch Stillwater OK (Oklahoma) is a cautionary tale for consumers considering buying into a retirement community still in development. Or under construction. You don’t want to join a zombie community. Get it wrong? It can feel like one of those scary campfire tales. Don’t be the object lesson. The Plan With over 55 beautiful acres of land? It was to be Stillwater’s first and only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). The Ranch Stillwater OK promised cottages and one or two-bedroom apartments for independent living. Nearly 100 charter members made initia ..read more
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