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NowLifestyle – Could This Home Business Opportunity Prevent Old Age Debt Problems?

Is Dean Holland's Quick Start Challenge The Answer?My gran was a remarkable lady and I often used to visit her.  She always wanted to reach 100 years of age and no-one had any doubt she’d make it.

She was in a nursing home but wasn’t the eldest there.  I know of at least two who were well over a hundred.

Indeed, one day, my mum went to visit Grandma and was met at the door by a well-dressed lady of 102 who was about to go for a walk outside.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s the water in this area, but there do seem to be a lot of exceptionally old people around, which is a bit scary if the statistic on the BBC news the other week is anything to go by.

It said three out of ten over 50’s have debt problems.


You see, even if we retire in our late sixties, or early seventies, that still leaves an awful lot of years to survive without a regular income, and if many of us are in debt at fifty, the outlook is likely to be pretty bleak, isn’t it?

Many people will end up at home too poor to go out or live a healthy lifestyle.

My gran always said it was okay getting old as long as you have your health, but it doesn’t help to have a bit of money behind you as well, does it?

One possible way to solve that is to get involved with something you can do at home and keep active at the same time, and one person who can provide that opportunity is Joel Therien.

He’s on a mission to help as many people as he can to get fit bodies and fat wallets!

It’s quite an opportunity and his NowLifestyle is something you might want to check out if you want to stay stronger for longer before it’s too late (like me).

Good Luck!

The Importance Of Creating A Good First Impression

Now I realise this is showing my age, but when I went to primary school the main focus was on the three “R’s” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

Okay, l realise only one of those subjects actually begins with the letter “R”, but I didn’t start the phrase.

Anyway, every day we would sit at our little wooden desks with the hinged lids, where so many children had sat before us, and practice our writing on small black boards with white chalk.  When we’d shown our completed work to the teacher, we’d rub it out with our small blackboard rubber.

As we got older, we wrote in “proper” books with ink pens, having first dipped their nibs into the inkwells found in our desks.  Depending on the slant of our writing and our skill with the pen, we often had to soak up the excess liquid with our allocated sheet of pink blotting paper.

Daily we would go through our times tables, do our sums, and recite the alphabet. To this day I can still say it backwards!

We were also taught proper grammar and punctuation, and weekly we would have spelling tests for words we had been requested to learn at home.

Most of us did, and usually, by the time we left primary school, the majority of us could read, write, and add up in our heads without the need for calculators and spell checkers, (which was just as well because they didn’t exist in those days!)

It was all pretty laborious, but provided a good foundation.

modern schoolFast forward five decades and everything is about speed.

According to a report on the BBC News this morning, many people are ruining their chances of ever getting an interview for the few jobs currently available because of the appalling spelling, grammar and punctuation on their CV’s.

It’s creating a bad first impression, and some potential employees are taking the attitude if the prospect can’t even be bothered to check their initial application form, then it probably reflects their whole attitude to work and life in general.

This even applies to university graduates, and one building society has even sent staff for English lessons, because the bosses couldn’t understand the internal memos written by their graduate employees.

So, what’s this got to do with this blog post you might ask?


… it’s firmly believed if you want to be successful as an internet marketer, you need to get your products out fast. It’s that old “money likes speed” thing, and after all, it’s no good having a brilliant idea if it’s just in your head, is it?

One phrase you’ll often hear is,  “You don’t have to get it right – you just have to get it going”.

I understand that, but I still like to see things written in proper English and presented well, because it’s certainly true, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”.

Guess I’m just showing my age!




SkillShare: Learn How Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things Everyday

Skill Share

Skill Share

Compiled by Rachel J Rofe, SkillShare: Learn How Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things Everyday is a compilation of chapters written by various authors including myself.

It became an instant best seller when it was launched on Kindle in February 2014.

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You’ll learn all sorts of things from relationships, to marketing, to food skills, and much more from these expert contributors, and whilst you may not be interested in all the topics, you can certainly learn a lot!

My chapter is about audio recording.

Thorns To Be Thankful For: Personal Stories Of Overcoming Hard Times

Another of Rachel Rofe compilations Thorns To Be Thankful For: Personal Stories Of Overcoming Hard Times is a mixture of Thorns To Be Thankful For.1inspirational personal stories, and my chapter is about my son Jodi, who has autism.

Again, this was an instant best seller when it was launched in February 2014.

Here’s the description –

   One of the greatest things about being human is that we get to experience a wide range of experiences.      Sure, sometimes we’re hit with low periods that make us question everything. We also have the high periods – the feeling of new love, the first warm day out of winter; the feeling you get when your favorite song comes on the radio.
While they don’t feel like it at the time, low periods certainly have their value. They make way for revelations, wisdom, rebirth.
Personally, I love to operate under the belief that “everything happens for our highest good”. When “bad” things are happening, I like to think that it’s because it’s making way for a great learning lesson or an even bigger blessing.
That’s what this book is about. You’re going to read stories of people overcoming mind-bending hardship and coming to the other side much stronger.Buy Now
Some of the things people in this book went through are unthinkable. But they got through it – and when you read, hopefully you realize that you can get through anything too. This book will help you peek into the fabric of peoples’ souls. You’ll hear their stories, feel inspired, and realize that we’re all in this together. It is my hope that as tough things come up in your life, you’ll think back to a story you read here and realize that there’s hope on the other side.


An Attitude of Gratitude!

Please Listen!As a published author, I am currently in the process of recording audio versions of all my books.

They will be uploaded to ACX and be available on and Some already are.

Since I’m narrating them myself, I need a quiet place, because the microphone has an annoying habit of picking up every noise.

Although our house is set back a bit from the road, to make it as quiet as possible, I decided to use the bedroom at the back of the house to record my books, and so far I’ve managed to complete ten of them.

I have four to go.

It’s been really hot in UK recently, and the other night I couldn’t sleep so I decided it would be an ideal time to do a bit of narration.

I recorded a few chapters and then the dawn chorus began, with the birds singing and chirping exceptionally loudly, or so it seemed.

Anyway, I gave up and decided I’d give it another go the next morning before the birds woke up.

That worked fine for a short while and then we had a thunder storm with torrential rain, which beat against the windows and clattered on the conservatory roof, so once again I had to stop recording.

A few minutes ago, in the middle of the day, I decided to have another try.

Everything was going well until suddenly I heard a loud banging noise like metal being hit with a huge hammer. It seems there is work being done on the railway line close by so it’s likely to continue all day.

I guess I’ll have to put my recording on hold yet again.

Now, you’d think I’d be a bit annoyed or frustrated with all this, wouldn’t you, but surprisingly I’m not.

Actually, all I can really think about is how grateful I am to be able to hear!

How about you?

Ida Godbold – 100 Years and Counting!

Ida Godbold  paperback coverThis book is about my Grandma Godbold and was written for her 100th birthday.

It doesn’t matter who you talk to, everyone thinks their generation was the best,and even those who experienced tremendous hardships recall mostly the good bits.

My Grandma is no exception.

Whilst she’s survived two world wars and been surrounded by lots of death, endured years of hard work without the modern conveniences we now take for granted, she still maintains she’s probably seen the best in mankind.

She’s helped bring babies into the world, and washed and lain dead people out, something common for many people of her generation.Buy Now

She comes from an era when people were strong, resilient and didn’t just care about material things, but friends and neighbours too. They were proud, independent and hard working. They didn’t rely on handouts, didn’t think the world owed them any favours and when things were broke, they fixed them.

That went for relationships as well as “stuff”, and it’s a philosophy many of us would do well to adopt.

This is the story of my Grandma Godbold, and is based on the conversations we’ve had together over the years. Whilst it will be of most interest to her family, Ida Godbod, is a remarkable woman in my opinion.

She’s part of my history.

Indeed, but for her I wouldn’t be here to tell this tale, and you wouldn’t be reading this blog post!





Crabby Old Man – Please Share This Poem!

Last night I went to see the film Quartet.   It’s about a home for retired musicians and was funny and sad.  It’s also very true, because we all age and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Unfortunately, when people get old, often they’re treated differently.

They say life is for the young, and it does seem when you get to a certain age, you do become invisible or a nuisance.

As long as you’re active and have your mind it’s okay, but beware when things start to break down.

It’s a real concern.

Anyway, Crabby Old Man  is an absolutely beautiful poem, which I do hope you’ll share.

I received it in an e-mail so I cannot verify the story, but apparently when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.   One nurse took her copy to Missouri.

The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.


What do you see nurses? – What do you see?
What are you thinking.- when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man – not very wise,
Uncertain of habit – with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food – . and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice – ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice – the things that you do.
And forever is losing – A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not – lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding – The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? – Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse -. you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am – . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding – . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten – . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters – who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen – . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now – a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty – my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows – that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now – I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide – And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty – My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other – With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons – have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me – to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children – My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me – my wife is now dead.
I look at the future – shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing – young of their own.
And I think of the years – and the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man – and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age .-look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles – grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone – where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass – a young guy still dwells,
And now and again – my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys – I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living – life over again.

I think of the years, all too few – gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact – that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people – open and see.
Not a crabby old man – Look closer – see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!


The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

Drive Safely – Two Top Tips For Driving In The Rain

I don’t know about you but I hate driving at night, in the fog, or in the pouring rain.  Come to think about it, I don’t really like driving at all.

Maybe I should get a chauffeur?

Anyway, I was sent these pieces of information about driving in the rain the other day and whilst I have to admit at this point in time, I haven’t actually tried either, I thought I’d better share, just in case.

They were sent to me in an e-mail from a person I know, like and trust, so it’s up to you whether you take note or not, and I’ll post them, just as I received them .rain

 Tip 1


We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.  This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful…even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just put on your SUNGLASSES (any model will do), and miracles – all of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUNGLASSES in your car.

You are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!

Amazingly, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road.

It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing cars, or the “kickup” if you are following a car in the rain.

Tip 2


driving in the rainAnother good tip: A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago. It was raining, though not excessively when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air.

She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the Police Officer what had happened, he told her something that every driver should know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON.

She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain, but the Police Officer told her that if the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydro-plane when the tyres lose contact with the road, and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an aeroplane.

She told the Officer that was exactly what had occurred.

The Officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sun-visor – NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE ROAD IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning.

We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed – but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the road is dry.

The only person the accident victim found who knew this, (besides the Officer), was a man who’d had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

As, I said, I haven’t tried these and don’t know if they’re true but they might be worth investigating.  They both sound sensible and feasible to me, so if you agree, please pass this message on.

You never know, you might just be saving a life!


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