I don’t want to eat my vegetables…..


That’s something you never hear from kids, right? Now I might not care.

I’m sure you have seen, and maybe even read, some stuff about soil depletion. It’s nothing new, been studied for years. Basically, the soil that we grow our plants and vegetables (the stuff we and animals eat) is rapidly being depleted of essential minerals. Why is that important?

Why is that important? We need minerals for 3 basic roles in our bodies.:

  1. They provide the structural materials for bones and tissue.
  2. They help escort electrical nerve impulses in the body.
  3. They play a role as catalysts of enzymes for replicating DNA.

We don’t produce minerals. We need to get them from our diet or supplements. The problem with getting them from our diet is that the foods that we eat no longer hold as many minerals in them. Plants absorb them from the soil, and because of commercial farming, plant hybrids that grow faster and bigger, pesticides, and the fact that year after year of plants taking minerals out of the soil, there isn’t much left.

Is this getting boring yet? Ok, I’m not into reading a bunch of technical stuff or writing about it either. I’m kind of a headline reader, and if I am interested, just want the bullet points, not the why behind the because. But this news article published in Politico caught my attention.

THE GREAT NUTRIENT COLLAPSE

Back in 1998, some science nerds were studying Zooplankton. What the heck are those you might say?

Zooplankton are microscopic animals that float in the world’s waters and eat algae, which are essentially tiny plants. Scientists found that they could make algae grow faster by shining more light onto them—increasing the food supply for the zooplankton, which should have flourished.(I want this job). But it didn’t work out that way. When the researchers shined more light on the algae, the algae grew faster, and the tiny animals had lots and lots to eat—but at a certain point they started struggling to survive. This was a paradox. More food should lead to more growth. How could more algae be a problem? The biologists had an idea of what was going on: The increased light was making the algae grow faster, but they ended up containing fewer of the nutrients the zooplankton needed to thrive. By speeding up their growth, the researchers had essentially turned the algae into junk food. The zooplankton had plenty to eat, but their food was less nutritious, and so they were starving. Isn’t that weird?

I’ve never had a zooplankton for a pet, so not too hung up on them. But I think you are getting some idea. What are the bigger implications for those of us higher up on the food chain?

In the outside world, the problem isn’t that plants are suddenly getting more light: It’s that for years, they’ve been getting more carbon dioxide. Plants rely on both light and carbon dioxide to grow. If shining more light results in faster-growing, less nutritious algae—junk-food algae whose ratio of sugar to nutrients was out of whack—then it seemed logical to assume that ramping up carbon dioxide might do the same. And it could also be playing out in plants all over the planet.

IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, it’s been understood for some time that many of our most important foods have been getting less nutritious. Measurements of fruits and vegetables show that their minerals, vitamin and protein content has measurably dropped over the past 50 to 70 years. Researchers have generally assumed the reason is fairly straightforward: We’ve been breeding and choosing crops for higher yields, rather than nutrition, and higher-yielding crops—whether broccoli, tomatoes, or wheat—tend to be less nutrient-packed.

In 2004, a landmark study of fruits and vegetables found that everything from protein to calcium, iron and vitamin C had declined significantly across most garden crops since 1950. The researchers concluded this could mostly be explained by the varieties we were choosing to grow.

Before the industrial revolution, the earth’s atmosphere had about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide. Last year, the planet crossed over the 400 parts per million threshold; scientists predict we will likely reach 550 parts per million within the next half-century—essentially twice the amount that was in the air when Americans started farming with tractors.

But as the zooplankton experiment showed, greater volume and better quality might not go hand-in-hand. In fact, they might be inversely linked. As best scientists can tell, this is what happens: Rising CO2 revs up photosynthesis, the process that helps plants transform sunlight to food. This makes plants grow, but it also leads them to pack in more carbohydrates like glucose at the expense of other nutrients that we depend on, like protein, iron and zinc.

If plants are packing more glucose, no wonder the world is dealing with an obesity epidemic. And it’s affecting more than us. Bees too.

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Goldenrod, a wildflower many consider a weed, is extremely important to bees. It flowers late in the season, and its pollen provides an important source of protein for bees as they head into the harshness of winter. Since goldenrod is wild and humans haven’t bred it into new strains, it hasn’t changed over time as much as, say, corn or wheat. And the Smithsonian Institution also happens to have hundreds of samples of goldenrod, dating back to 1842, in its massive historical archive—which gave scientists a chance to figure out how one plant has changed over time.

They found that the protein content of goldenrod pollen has declined by a third since the industrial revolution—and the change closely tracks with the rise in CO2. Scientists have been trying to figure out why bee populations around the world have been in decline, which threatens many crops that rely on bees for pollination. This suggests that a decline in protein prior to winter could be an additional factor making it hard for bees to survive other stressors.

In 2014, scientists published a large, data-rich study in the journal Nature that looked at key crops grown at several sites in Japan, Australia and the United States that also found rising CO2 led to a drop in protein, iron, and zinc.  Across nearly 130 varieties of plants and more than 15,000 samples collected from experiments over the past three decades, the overall concentration of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron had dropped by 8 percent on average. The ratio of carbohydrates to minerals was going up. The plants, like the algae, were becoming junk food.

So if you, like me, are concerned about it, then I guess you realize that we are not getting enough of the essential things our bodies need from the food we eat. I have thought this way for years. In fact, I always thought I would just like to take a pill for dinner, kind of like the Jetsons. Now it may not be such a dumb idea.

I am not even going to get into the changing climate and the global warming debate. Whether we are causing the change in CO2 levels or not, the fact is that it has changed and with it a host of negative consequences.

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What’s the best way to get what you need for minerals? Obviously, I brought up that you should be taking a multivitamin at a minimum. Years ago I studied something called Colloidal Minerals. A colloidal solution is where a material, like a mineral, is dispersed evenly in liquid and supposedly increases the bioavailability of that material. This dates way back into the 1930’s. I looked into it because I knew that food processing destroys most of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need.

It all seems to make sense. We are getting more food to eat, yet are becoming less healthy, and a lot of people don’t know why they can’t control their weight even with eating a supposedly healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. I’m going to take another look at Colloidal Minerals.

I never really liked vegetables anyway.


 

Mindfulness minerals……..

Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. I have always tried to practice this philosophy when it comes to health. I was and am open to anything that may run counter to my beliefs, it’s that important. Today I saw something in the news that I feel is extremely important. It is another confirmation of information about the nutritional content of our water and food supply.

But I am going to blog about this a bit backward. I am going to recommend what I have been taking for multivitamins, and my next blog, I am going to tell you the news story that confirmed what I have believed for years. 

Keep in mind, this is my opinion only. You have to determine what is best for you, and may want to discuss with your doctor if there may be any interactions with any medicines you currently take.

The foundation of any supplement routine is the multivitamin. If you take just one thing, this is it. I have researched and taken about every brand you can think of, including all the drug store and big box offerings. I believe that no matter the cost, this is a must do. Here are the top three in my opinion.

The big daddy multivitamin is the Life Extension Mix 490 Capsules. It packs a complete punch, but spendy at $53. And you take the recommended 14 capsules a day, the bottle lasts 35 days. I took this multivitamin for many years, and finally switched because of the cost and I got sick of taking 14 pills a day of just my multivitamin. Because it’s so complete with vitamins, herbs and minerals, you really don’t need to take anything else.

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Serving Size 14 capsules (per day)
Servings Per Container 35
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, acetate) 5000 IU
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, niacinamide ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, acerola extract) 2000 mg
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 2000 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate, D-alpha tocopherol) 100 IU
Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCl) 125 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin, riboflavin 5’-phosphate) 50 mg
Niacin (as 61% niacinamide, 37% niacin, 2% niacinamide ascorbate) 190 mg
Vitamin B6 [as pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (100 mg), pyridoxine HCI (5 mg)] 105 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium salt) 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 600 mcg
Biotin 3000 mcg
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate with 5 mg pantethine) 600 mg
Calcium (as Ca ascorbate, D-calcium pantothenate, Ca D-glucarate, dicalcium phosphate) 200 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, arginate, citrate, taurinate, glycinate, ascorbate) 400 mg
Zinc (as zinc citrate, L-OptiZinc®3 zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate) 35 mg
Selenium [as sodium selenite, SelenoExcell®4 high selenium yeast, Se-methyl L-selenocysteine] 200 mcg
Copper (as TRAACS®12 copper bisglycinate chelate) 1 mg
Manganese (as manganese gluconate, citrate) 1 mg
Chromium [as Crominex®5 3+ chromium stabilized with Capros® amla extract (fruit), PrimaVie® Shilajit] 500 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 125 mcg
Potassium (as potassium chloride) 35 mg
N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) 600 mg
Taurine 200 mg
Inositol 250 mg
Phosphatidylcholine (from soy) 150 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 120 mg
Boron (as boron amino acid chelate) 3 mg
Trimethylglycine (TMG) (as betaine anhydrous) 100 mg
Bitter orange citrus bioflavonoids (peel, fruit) [std. to 50% hesperidin] 200 mg
Broccoli concentrate blend [broccoli extracts (sprout, floret, seed) (providing glucosinolates, sulforaphane), calcium D-glucarate] 725 mg
Decaffeinated green tea extract (leaf) [std. to 45% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)] 325 mg
Acerola extract 4:1 (berry) 300 mg
Fruit/berry complex proprietary blend [European elder, blackberry, blueberry, sweet cherry, cranberry, plum, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) powders] 200 mg
Wild blueberry anthocyanin extract (fruit) 150 mg
Silymarin [from milk thistle extract (seed)] 100 mg
Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) anthocyanin extract (fruit) 100 mg
CherryPure®1 sour cherry (tart cherry) proanthocyanidin extract (skin) 85 mg
POMELLA®9 pomegranate extract (fruit) [std. to 30% punicalagins] 85 mg
Natural mixed tocopherols (providing gamma, delta, alpha, beta tocopherols) 60 mg
MirtoSelect®11 bilberry extract (fruit) 30 mg
Leucoselect®6 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract 25 mg
BioVin®7 grape proanthocyanidin extract (whole grape) 25 mg
Bromelain [from pineapple (stem)] (2400 gelatin digestive units/gram) 15 mg
Delphinidins [from Delphinol®2 maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) extract (fruit)] 2 mg
Lutein [from marigold extract (flower)] (providing 465 mcg trans-zeaxanthin) 15 mg
Olive extract (fruit) (providing polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleuropein) 12.5 mg
Sesame seed lignan extract 10 mg
Luteolin [from orange extract (fruit)] 8 mg
Lycopene [from Tomat-O-Red®8 natural tomato extract (fruit)] 3 mg
Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) [from black currant extract (fruit)] 1.25 mg
trans-Pterostilbene (from pTeroPure®10) 0.5 mg
Apigenin 5 mg
Other ingredients: gelatin (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable stearate, silica, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides.
Contains soybeans.

Dosage and Use

  • Take fourteen (14) capsules per day in divided doses with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

Caution

Temporary flushing, itching, rash, or gastric disturbances may occur. Liver function testing is recommended when niacin is taken in excess of 500 mg daily. Those with gout or liver diseases should avoid taking high doses of niacin. Consult with your doctor before using this product if you are taking anticoagulant medications. Individuals consuming more than 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D (from diet and supplements) should periodically obtain a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D measurement. Vitamin D supplementation is not recommended for individuals with high blood calcium levels. Individuals with in-born errors of copper metabolism (e.g. Wilson’s disease) should avoid daily, chronic use of this product.

I switched to a multivitamin from Optimum Nutrition, because it was less money, but still packed a lot into each pill. A bottle has 90 pills, which you take 3 a day. At $16 a bottle, you save almost $40 bucks a month over the Life Extension Mix. 
I know this one says it’s for men, but they make a women’s version with slight variations.
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I finally switched to my current multivitamin about two years ago. Life Extension came out with a two a day formula, and I always liked their philosophy and trust their product. A bottle has 120 pills, two a day,  a 60 day supply. A bottle cost $18.50. So under $10 a month, although I take 3 a day. If you do choose this one, then you will want to look into additional supplements that you may want to add to your daily dose.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 capsules
Servings Per Container 60
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, acetate) 5000 IU
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, niacinamide and calcium ascorbates) 500 mg
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 2000 IU
Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate, D-alpha tocopherol) 100 IU
Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCI) 75 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin, riboflavin 5’-phosphate) 50 mg
Niacin (as niacinamide, niacinamide ascorbate) 50 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI, pyridoxal 5’-phosphate) 75 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium salt) 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 300 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 100 mg
Calcium (as D-calcium pantothenate, Ca ascorbate, dicalcium phosphate) 10 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) 100 mg
Zinc (as zinc citrate, L-OptiZinc® zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate) 30 mg
Selenium [as sodium selenite, SelenoExcell® high selenium yeast, Se-methyl L-selenocysteine] 200 mcg
Manganese (as manganese citrate, gluconate) 2 mg
Chromium [as Crominex® 3+ chromium stabilized with Capros® amla extract (fruit), PrimaVie® Shilajit] 200 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 100 mcg
Potassium (as potassium citrate) 25 mg
Alpha lipoic acid 25 mg
Boron (as boron amino acid chelate) 3 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 20 mg
Inositol 50 mg
Marigold extract (flowers) [std. to 5 mg trans-lutein, 155 mcg trans-zeaxanthin] 11.12 mg
Lycopene [from Tomat-O-Red® natural tomato extract (fruit)] 1 mg
Natural mixed tocopherols (providing gamma, delta, alpha, beta) 20 mg
Apigenin 5 mg
Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose (capsule), vegetable stearate, rice flour, microcrystalline cellulose, silica, maltodextrin, chlorophyllin.
Contains soybeans.

Tomat-O-Red® is a registered trademark of Lycored LTD.
SelenoExcell ® is a registered trademark of Cypress Systems Inc.
L-OptiZinc® is a registered trademark of InterHealth Nutritionals, Inc.
Crominex® 3+, Capros® and PrimaVie® are registered trademarks of Natreon, Inc.

Dosage and Use
  • Take two (2) capsules daily in divided doses with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

These and many more are available on Amazon. I have bought directly from the manufacturers, but it’s the same price, quicker, and more convenient to just get them from Amazon. Here are the links if you want to compare yourself.

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What’s a Jim Beam?……………..



Back when I was a kid, some hundreds of years ago it seems, my Dad brought home an unusual whiskey bottle shaped differently than the norm.  It was a Jim Beam Bottle. Made for something commemorative, it was unique for its time. I liked it, so I told my Dad to get more. My Dad had a successful international farming market at the time (long story) and entertained a lot of out of town clients. He had an office on the farm with a full-time secretary and fully stocked bar. It even had a fountain pool with Japanese Goldfish out front. Now my Dad never drank much, but he liked to get his clients to indulge so they would be easier to deal with. (Way ahead of his time for sure). He was more than happy to oblige with my request to purchase only Jim Beam whiskey decanters. Obviously, they were higher priced than a standard bottle but at least the garbage man didn’t think we were raging alcoholics.

By the time I was 16, which coincided with my interest in girls, I was no longer interested in Jim Beam bottles. But no matter, I had collected upwards of over a hundred of them by now, displayed on shelves in an extra bedroom of our house. I wonder what people thought when they came to visit. Now that I think of it, it certainly would have raised questions of my addictions. And it certainly was an odd thing for a kid to collect.

When I was 25, my parents sold the family home, and I packed up the collected bottles. That was 1978. I know that for a fact because that was the year on the newspaper that the bottles were wrapped in when I unwrapped them this last summer since I stuffed them in totes. The kids were around when I started to take them out of the totes, and couldn’t even stand to be in the open garage with them. Yea, they stunk pretty bad. But it was interesting looking at the 40-year-old newspapers though.

I grew up in the collecting era. Collect something and it will grow in value. That logic doesn’t hold true today. Now I moved this collection ( which took up at least 18 large plastic totes) 5 times. The last time should have given me a hint. I always loaded everything into a Uhaul truck and just took everything with me. The last move was to my house in southern Minnesota from the storage unit from northern Minnesota. I had been working at my current car dealership for about nine months, and I enlisted the help of the lot crew. One of which became the Used Car Manager, and a good friend of mine to this day. He was carrying the totes in at the move and asked what they were, and I told him Jim Beam Bottles. He said they better be full, or why bother. He was right.

My kids don’t want to collect anything. Sure they want a bunch of stuff, but for use, not for a shelf weight. They say that Millenials collect experiences. I collected a lot of those too if I could remember any of them.

Let’s recap. I had collected the bottles during the 60’s.

They were packed and stored on the mid-70’s.

I offered them for sale 40 years later.

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Get my baseball bat. Better bring the googles too.

I did my research. A very rare Jim Beam bottle might fetch $125. I didn’t have that one. So I posted the entire collection on Craigslist and Facebook for the reasonable price of $500 for 100 plus Jim Beam bottles and about 30 other antique bottles that I dug up in the woods (the entire collection). Nothing.

Lowered the price to $300. Nothing. How about $100? Nothing. I finally posted the entire collection for free. I told my son if no one picked them up in the morning, we would go out and smash them all with a baseball bat. He loved that idea. At that point, it was starting to appeal to me too.

Low and behold, in the morning I got a text from someone who said they would pick them up for free. I agreed, and about 3 hours later an Amish gentleman and his wife pulled up in a large truck and said they were here for the free stuff. He asked what it was. His brother told him to come by, and when I told him they were the bottles on the shelf, he questioned his brother’s sanity. Why on Earth would he want those? “Are they full?” he said with anticipation. His smile turned to a frown when I said no.

I wish now I had smashed them all with my son.

While we were loading them into his truck, for which I supplied the totes and wrapping, he broke quite a few bottles and expressed his waste of time. In his 30 minutes, no more, of a waste of time, I wonder if he ever considered my years of wasted time. I had spent years of anticipating a value that would be there. I had spent countless hours moving them. I had sheltered them from harm. And in the end, they were worth less than nothing.

That brings us back to the value of something. The value of anything is the amount of interest in purchasing it, backed by money, that an object will sell for in the marketplace. We all know that of course, but it’s funny how we think the stuff we cherish is worth more than it really is. I had an emotional attachment to these stinky old bottles as a remnant of my past. Since they were some of the last items left at my house after 2 garage sales, my old attachment had been released.

So now I don’t collect stuff. I am collecting experiences. And the good part in that, I don’t have to sell them at a rummage sale when I am done with them.

Anyone interested in a stamp or record collection?

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I found out the hard way the only thing worth collecting is money…………..


Making money on the internet for seniors…..Day 1



I think you can really tell who someone is by the way they drive. I drive way too fast, according to others. I don’t think I do, imagine that. Let’s look at the different drivers.

  1. Fast and good driver.  Pays attention, looks for upcoming obstacles, makes decisions quickly. Good concentration but impatient.
  2. Fast and poor driver.  Easily distracted, usually by using their phone, not considerate of other drivers, can have a disastrous accident.
  3. Speed limit and a good driver. Likes to play by the rules, concentrates well, plans ahead to get somewhere on time.
  4. Speed limit and poor driver. Frustrating to be behind on a single lane road. Believes in rules and unaware that they may not fit this situation. (construction zone limits).
  5. Slow and a good driver. Super analyzer. Slow to make decisions, to implement, and if you are riding with one, better have a book to read.
  6. Slow and a poor driver. Probably driving a beat-up minivan or Prius.

So why are we talking about driving habits when we should be talking about starting a business on the internet. Because you need to know who you are before you get started. I put my check mark on #1, and I know that I jump into things way too fast. So I have to be aware of that and act accordingly. I have to slow myself down, and not assume I know all the answers and make a decision too early. Vice versa, if you are a slow and poor driver, then maybe you need more advice in making decisions. You get the idea I’m sure. I know my riders think I am reckless. And when I am riding with a slow driver, I get absolutely stressed.

By the way. This doesn’t only apply to someone wanting to start a business online. These are life lessons, no matter where you are in life.

So when I signed up for Clickbank training, I wanted to jump right in and start making money. I was looking for the “Easy” button. However, they recognize that it is not the right path, and directed me to interviews with some of the most successful internet entrepreneurs there are. They obviously had a lot to say. And it changed the way I am approaching this business. The first video was with Gary Vaynerchuk, who I had never heard of, but is a multi-millionaire who started online marketing with wine in its infancy. This guy is in his forties, so I think he knows what he is talking about. Here’s what I got from him.

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  1. Create an inner circle of friends and family you can trust to tell you the truth. They won’t at first, but eventually, they will. Most people, myself included, lie to themselves and think they are better at something than they are. You need to honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses. If you are a crappy writer, you better know it and change it. If you look horrible on video, then don’t do it.
  2. Most people are crippled by wanting to do too many things. Let’s say you like knitting, and photography, and golf, and sailing. You think you should do them all. That doesn’t work. Just pick one and give it 100%. If you try that and it fails, then pick something else.
  3. Everyone’s dollar expectations are way too high. I struggle with this one.We all want to make an easy million, and our lives will be set. Getting into an internet business is not a whole lot different than any other career. It takes dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and time. I think we all try to justify that it’s not going to be like that.
  4. This one hit me hard because it’s exactly what I did. He said the worst thing you can do is write a book, and expect your success to come from it. That’s what I was expecting. I wrote a “How to buy a car” book, and had visions of millions coming in from the next New York Times bestseller. Excuse me, but it has been a financial dud.
  5. Going back to the book example, you need to sell something before you produce it. If I knew that nobody is interested in how to buy a car, do you think I would have wasted 2 months writing it? Of course not. You have to research the subject and find out if there is an actual market.
  6. It’s all about content and distribution. Why is this so clear to me now. If you had the greatest product in the world, but no one knew about it, it would fail. And if you have a shitty product that everyone knew about, you can see that ending.
  7. What’s the lifetime value of your work? It’s hard to be patient, hard to work hard, and hard to be talented. That’s a hard reality to face.
  8. Pretend nothing is going to happen for you for ten years. It’s all about patience. Nothing happens overnight no matter how much you hear about overnight sensations. Never give up on your idea, and if it doesn’t work with everything you try, then have the guts to call it quits on that one, and try something else.
  9. Don’t live with regret. The biggest regrets most people have are things they didn’t do. I think we can all relate to that one, whether it’s business, family, or love.
  10. Finally, do it yourself. You don’t learn how to ride a bike by reading about it.

As I was watching and listening to the training, it made me remember my early days of selling cars. I didn’t know a thing about it, so spent every spare moment I had listening to training tapes about sales. I know I got better because of it. I can see why they have these interviews as the first thing you do in the course.

For one thing, it weeds out the people who think that it’s not hard work. It also makes it real to the people who are serious about making a living this way. This is about building a brand and playing for life. There are no tactics that will survive the test of time. You need to build something real, something of value, and commit yourself to the process. There is no other way. You need to really think this through. Pick one thing you are passionate about, and go for it.

This is the first of a series of observations and realizations to help you get your business started. Let’s do this together and over time, the result will be fantastic. Have patience, young weedhopper, have patience. “When you can take the pebble from my hand, then you will be the master” 

 

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Kicked in the perception…..

Today I got kicked in my perception…again. A friend of mine sent me an article about Duluth, MN as the least stressed city in the United States. Not only did that surprise me, but if someone would have asked me, I would have ranked it at the bottom. But that’s my perception.

I lived in Duluth for about 20 years until I moved away in 2004 to another city about 200 miles away. I visited my family, who still lives there, at least twice a year. So I do know something about Duluth, at least until today.

If you have never been there, it’s a city of just under 100,000 people on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. It’s been called a mini San Francisco due to the huge lake, and steep hillside that many houses are built on. It’s beautiful to be sure, but the winters are long, and because of the lake effect, there is lots of snow, wind, and in the summer, fog. I always said it’s a great place to be from. (which means I got out)

I think we get so caught up in the small area that we inhabit, and mostly assume that’s the way it is for everyone. I went through a few lean years, worked a stressful and long hour job, and lived on an island connected by a bridge (the kind that goes up and down). One way on, one way off. Many times I waited for boats to enter the harbor, the bridge up, with my longest wait time over 3 hours one night. That was stressful. And I get that it was my perception. My Mom also lived on this island, and she loved to wait at the bridge. She had a book and it gave her time to read or watch all the people. Same scenario, different perception.

And that was a different economic time I know. But it’s funny how I have carried that idea of Duluth on my trips to visit my family. Every time I went, I thought the drivers were aggressive, waitresses rude, nobody had a job, winter never ends, too many mosquitoes, roads beat up, taxes too high, just a downright stressed out city. Seemed to me everyone was trying to get out. And Fitbit called it the fittest city in the US in 2016. I thought everyone was overweight. Boy, am I wrong.

I take full responsibility for feeling this way. I may always feel this way, one article probably isn’t going to change it. But what it does is examine my perception of other things. I plan to stop and think more before I judge. I’m going to drive into Duluth like it’s the first time. Most of all, I’m going to try to teach my kids the value of seeing things as they really are, not tainted by memory or judgment. And be wary of expectation. It can alter your perception by what you want things to be.

Even though my perception bubble got popped today, congratulations people of Duluth. In a world of so much unhappiness and stress, you found a way to enjoy your place on Earth.

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Here is the link to the article if you are interested.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4328138-duluth-named-least-stressed-city-nation#.WbxO-a1S2jc.link


Out of balance…………

This morning I woke up out of balance. Like a tire out of round, my mind was going thump thump thump instead of smooth. I am struggling with the “do” part of me against the “let it be” part of me. You would think that with all the big talk I do about it, I should have no problem, but I do. Every day.

But today was different. I made the decision yesterday to start a new journey. Not geographically, but something to fulfill the “do” part of me. It wouldn’t be a big deal, I have started lots of stuff, but I was struggling with my usual “keep it a secret until it’s done” with “this might be something I want to share with my friends”. We have all been there. And you know why it’s a struggle. If you share your new job, new love, your book, your new haircut, what ever, you open yourself up to peer criticism, the hardest kind on an ego. And also the fear of failing. No one knows but you if you were the only one who knew. On the other hand, if you don’t share and keep it a secret, you might miss two opportunities. One, maybe learn what someone else may know about it and share with you. And two, you might be helping someone out with an answer for their life. At the very least, I will be somewhat accountable if it’s out in the open. That can be a strong motivator in itself.

So I took my struggle to the beach hoping for an answer. I hadn’t been there for about a week, too busy with kids and my new venture. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Pavillion still standing and the beach was filling back up where there had been only trees and stumps.

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The beach was gone.
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The beach is back.

In fact, I like the new look of the Pavillion better now. (Picture at the top). Where there used to be a huge drop off to the water, now it slopes gently and gives the Pavillion a more beachy feel. Mother Nature knew what’s best.

On my 45 minute walk, I tried to “Let it be” and just take in the beauty and ground myself with the Earth. I encountered a small dead fish, which is rare to see on shore, and thought about life has a beginning and an end, and felt bad for the fish. I encountered small pieces of plastic washed up, and thought how fragile the environment is, and we as humans have to take the lead in preserving it. I walked past a young girl, also walking, and as we passed I noticed she had an air hose that she was breathing from, and a medical back pack I assume carried a tank. She was probably about 20. I thought that no matter how you might be feeling, there is always someone else with their struggles and hurdles. It made me feel good to be alive. We take ourselves way too seriously sometimes.

Did I get the answer I wanted? I think so. You will know it if I release the post titled Journey of a thousand miles.

When I got home and started this post, I felt like I had just come from the shop getting an alignment and a balance. I guess it’s all about perspective. But at least now I know what to do when I get Out of balance. How about you?

 

 

A journey of a thousand miles….

begins with a simple step. How often have we heard this quote from Lao-tzu dating back to BC 604 to 531? Remember, we count backward before A.D. We have all had that first simple step. How many steps have you taken in your lifetime from that first step as a baby? Staggers the mind. How about that new job, or marriage, or “I’m changing my life”?

Today I am taking my first step (My first real serious step), and I would like you to accompany me on my journey. I think you will find it fascinating, confusing, daunting, enlightening and maybe something you may want to put your shoes on for and step in my tracks along the way. What is it?

It’s making money on the internet. Now some of you may already be doing this either on the sly or right out in everyone’s face. Doesn’t matter. I have been digging around for months looking for ways how to do this. You already know I published two books with a third on the way, and have a blog. I can tell you right now there is no money in that. It might get you points in the vanity department, but no dollars in the bank.This is an “I learn, you learn” series of blogs. The good part for you….free.

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Get in the back kid

In this last week, I have made an all out effort to either make money on the internet or give up completely and get a job driving a school bus (nothing wrong with that either). In fact, if you look at my last post, I had a link to Amazon. If you clicked on it (which I surprisingly got 38 clicks) and bought the product, that gets me about 3% commission, which for that product is about $.09. If all of my followers bought it, I would make $1.34.  Why bother. Take the bus job. By the way, nobody bought it.

I believe that someone is making money on the internet, it’s just not me. I didn’t start my blog to make money. I did it because it was good therapy for me to document my stories and maybe someday leave a legacy for my kids to learn who their Dad was. I still feel that way and this blog will remain that way.

So I started poking around and found a whole lot of people who claim to have all the answers, for a price. And I fell for a couple. But the funny thing is, I did learn something to get me to that second step, then a third and a fourth.

Now I have signed up for a course from Clickbank (which I am sure you never heard of) which sets up affiliates (the people who sell stuff they don’t own) with their marketing efforts. Kind of like when I worked for a Car Dealership. I didn’t own any of the cars but got paid a commission when I sold them. What a great potential for little investment. But don’t be fooled, it takes hard work, determination, and a bit of luck. Just like the car business.

A half hour ago I watched the introduction to my first day. Yes, I shelled out $47 for the first month, then $47 a month every month I want to continue. That’s my first step. Lot’s of promises were made, testimonials were plenty, and the allure of internet dollars grabbed me.

Now granted,  I am starting this with a bit of built-in knowledge. I know how to get a domain name, get a hosting service, and build it so there is actually something there. This was not always easy and many times is just downright frustrating. But I said we are going to learn from the beginning, and we will. I am starting with a different domain than my current burltheblogger.com so I can use the suggestions made by the course I am about to take.

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Looks like a great place to take a nap.

One more thing. I always dreaded training in my previous career. I felt I wasted countless non-productive hours listening to many things either not necessary or sometimes worthless. I will try not to bore you with minute details. I don’t want this to be a how-to series. I want it to be like a movie. You can watch the story until the end. Hopefully, it all turns out the way we want.

I have researched and tried many programs, none worked. It’s content they say, or traffic, or an email list, or paid advertising. None worked for me. Right here and right now, I am going to talk about every step of the way, not in the technical sense, but from selling $0 to whatever it may be, in a way we will both understand.

This will probably change in time, but for now, I am going to name all my blogs on this subject: Starting an internet business for seniors. Why that, and does it leave the rest of us out? (Well, not me). On the contrary, what better way to learn than to learn a method that is geared towards the most unsavvy technical people around. I had the good fortune of working with computers for the last 28 years, so I feel comfortable with them. But I don’t know a damn thing about Snapchat, Twitter and whatever the newest thing is. And most people don’t. But nothing prepared me for what I have had to learn to get to where I am today. Now if this was information for someone in their 20’s, forget it.

If you are not the least bit interested in this, no problem. At least with the blog title, you can skip those. I am still going to post my other stuff too. I will try to add a little humor now and then to keep it real. Sit back and hang on. As they say in the movies, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

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Looking at the dollars piling up!!!

Day One.   $0 sales.  Signed up for the program for $47. Bought Domain name. $7

Total:  -$54

If you feel the need to read ahead, or want to dive right in, here’s a book to start with.

If you already have a website and want to learn more about affiliate marketing:

Click Here!

Guest Blogger……………

I get great comments and really enjoy reading them. Here is one that didn’t get posted (not sure why) but I would like to share it with you. It’s from a friend of mine, Leanne.

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Burl,
I was writing a response to your blog, but it must be too long to accept it cuz it wouldn’t post it.  Here’s what I had to say:

I’ve lived my life in the moment, spur of the moment vs making plans.  It’s funny how we think the grass is greener on the other side. Sometimes I think life would have worked out better if I had a plan and stuck to it. Or maybe I would be needing anti depressant pills by this stage. My life has taught me that flexibility and a little craziness are necessities.
Today was the day I was going to shake rugs, do laundry, go grocery shopping and all those boring projects done before tomorrow when a new week of work begins.My friend from out of town called and invited me to take a hike up near Enger Tower, go to Hartley Nature Center to see if we can find butterflies in the butterfly garden and stop for coffee, so housework will need to wait.  I have more fun things to do with my time today.
Last Sunday, same thing happened. I was set up to clean the apartment and pack away my summer clothes.  I felt like getting out, packing away summer clothes can be a little depressing, so I went up to Enger Tower for a stroll. Way too many tourists mulling around.  So I went to Pike Lake for a hike. Met a guy who was preparing to go wind surfing. He shared the basics of the sport with me and I stayed to watch him glide on the water. It was so cool. Never got around to housework that day either.  Oh well, is what I say.  I live in the moment and the other stuff isn’t going away. It’ll still be needing to be done later. I used to wonder why I do what I want, not what I should.  It’s just how i live. I like the slogan; Just Do It!
The night before school started for my  9-year-old grandson, Connor, he told his mom he doesn’t need to go to school this year since he’s more a “doer” than a “thinker”.  He’s got some of that right!
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A good blog gets you thinking, and her comments did just that for me. I know I am a planner by nature, design or circumstance, not sure which. Not in the make a list kind of planning, but always thinking ahead of things I might have to deal with. Or times and places I have to be. (I am always early). Even if it’s years down the road.
I see the folly and the genius in that.
I haven’t always been this way. I am pretty sure I was as a kid, and from my late twenties on, but I did have a stretch when I did fly by the seat of my pants and set my sails whichever way the wind was blowing. If I said those were the good old days, I wouldn’t be lying.
Is there a difference in “living in the moment” or “living and planning for the future”? I think they are one and the same. In fact, in order to have a better future, you need to live in the present better.  Let me say that again.
To have a better future, you need to live in the present better.
Immerse yourself fully in today, this minute, this hour. You will get more out of life. You will learn more, be happier, less stressed, develop better relationships, and on and on. Living for the future, you will become paralyzed with indecision, withdraw from fun. Your day becomes counter productive to your goals.
And where would the dreamer be if they never came true? Live in the moment needs to have a purpose too. I wouldn’t call watching Judge Judy reruns all day qualifies for living in the moment.
Last winter (if you can call it that over here) I did a lot of reading about Manifestation.
It was very absorbing and motivating. Making things happen by letting them happen. Trouble was, it never really worked for me. Just like everything else, I tried too hard to make it happen, which is like pushing a rope. Doesn’t work that way. That’s the same way I have always gone about living in the moment. Can’t force it. Doesn’t work that way.
So my Guest Blogger refers to me as a “Thinker” vs a “Doer”. She’s right in the “Think way too much about everything” category, but right and wrong about the “Doer” label.
She’s right that I have seldom “done” those take a chance things that veer you off the straight and narrow. But she’s wrong about me not “doing”. I have done all of those things I expected I should do.
I know just about everyone can relate to this. When you are doing those things expected of you (like work), you are thinking about and wishing you were doing anything else but. And when you are doing those other things you were thinking about, you can’t help thinking about work. At least I can relate to it. Maybe that comes from forcing those moments.
Kind of like what I am doing right now. I am writing this blog, with my kids sitting next to me in the living room of this small house. I am thinking I should be doing something with them, making a memory. And if I were to stop right now, when I am doing something with them, I will be thinking about what to write next or that I need to finish this blog.
Come to think of it……………………Bye!
 

 

If you are interested in manifestation, here is a link to some great books.

 

 

Metformin…………..

Would you believe this person is 115 years old?

If you do, then I want to talk to you about some wonderful investment opportunities that I have for you. Of course, he isn’t that old.  But what’s to say that he won’t be the norm for 115 years old in the years to come (Without becoming a Vampire).

This morning on the Today show, they had a segment about a breakthrough new drug, that may extend life, cure the disease of old age( it’s a disease), and keep you healthy for many years into old age. That drug is called Metformin.

Metformin was discovered in 1922. French physician Jean Sterne began to study it in humans in the 1950s. It was introduced as a medication in France in 1957 and the United States in 1995. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Metformin is believed to be the most widely used medication for diabetes which is taken by mouth.  

So what? Here’s what. The only proven way to extend life span right now is calorie restriction. Yup, that’s right, less food. It has been studied extensively for years, and life span is increased when an individual eats less, although you do need to get the essentials from food. Metformin reduces the amount of sugar made by the liver, limits the amount of sugar absorbed into the body from the diet, and makes insulin receptors more sensitive (helping the body respond better to its own insulin). All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels. So in short, Metformin reduces the amount of calories you absorb, thereby limiting the harm that those calories and sugar do.

On the Today show,  they are saying that Metformin may reduce heart disease, cancer, and other effects of old age. Is this new? Probably to most of you.

I was introduced to Metformin back in 2010 through the Life Extension Foundation. They talked about all the positive health benefits, little side effects, and that if everyone took it, it would greatly ease the burden of health care in the world, but would extend life span without turning into an “old person”.

Trouble was, and they recognized it, that you couldn’t get the drug without a prescription. That’s a problem because most doctors will only prescribe a restricted medicine when there is a documented medical problem. The only way you will be prescribed it is if you have diagnosed Type II Diabetes. Being the health pioneer I consider myself to be, I looked outside the system and found a source to acquire Metformin.

I have been taking 500mg, twice a day, for 6 years now. I have not been diagnosed with Diabetes. No side effects (except for the need to write a blog) that I know of. I definitely feel it’s one of two “secret sauce” medications that I take that help me to feel 30 years younger. (No, it’s not pot).  I’ll talk about the other one in the future. I believe that calorie restriction works, buts it’s a lifestyle I am not prepared to adhere to. Neither is anyone else.

About 2 years ago, I brought the subject up with my doctor. I mentioned that I was taking Metformin on a regular basis, and she asked me why, because I had no indication of Type II Diabetes. I explained the theory behind it all, which she had never heard of, and asked if she would be willing to write me a prescription for the drug. I felt I had a pretty good working relationship with her, and if there were no side effects, and all my testing came back positive, there shouldn’t be a problem. She said no, as she felt there was no reason for me to be taking it. End of that story.

Let me preface this by saying I am not recommending that anyone go out and try it if your doctor doesn’t recommend it. You have to make your own decisions. This is the disclaimer in case you want to sue me later. But what I will tell you, is what I feel it has done for me.

I don’t gain weight. No matter what I eat now, my weight doesn’t fluctuate 5 pounds.

I feel like I did when I was 30. In a lot of ways, I feel better. Seems like back then, I always thought I had some sort of serious medical condition going on (which I didn’t). I am over that. I feel great.

I can still do math.  (OK, I am throwing this in because I am the only one who can help my daughter with her calculus math problems).

I am not depressed. When you don’t feel well, don’t look well, you don’t act well, I think it has an effect on your attitude.  I look forward to every day, every year, and honestly expect to live a long time.

Finally, and this is big for me, I feel I will be there for my kids when they need me. They will suffer enough pain growing up even without the pain of losing a Dad. I am not about to let that happen.

I’m glad the Today show let the secret out. Now maybe it will easier to get a precription from a doctor. Don’t expect things to change overnight. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) is a slow moving bureaucracy Things don’t happen because of a news story. It’s really up to you to see if this is something you should incorporate into your life. I’m not trying to sell the stuff. Research it yourself and you make the decision, not the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let It Be…………..

Let it Be was a song written and sung by Paul McCartney and released as a single by the Beatles in March of 1970, a year before I graduated high school. The album followed. It was also the last song that he wrote before leaving the Beatles to pursue a solo career.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Paul McCartney’s mother died of an embolism when he was 14. Her name was Mary. One night she came to him in a dream during a difficult time when the Beatles were recording the White Album, and she told him (in the dream) that “It will be alright, let it be”. He remembered that dream and the impact it had on him. That was the inspiration and meaning for the song although it has been interpreted many times in other ways.

We all have times of troubles. Are you aware of how the universe is trying to ease your burden and help you? Whether it’s by circumstance, or a dream, or what we call luck, things always seem to work out. Not always in the way we planned, but something we can cope with and be happy with. Your destiny in this life is to be happy. No matter how long it takes.

I walk the beach for exercise, and to let my mind get a break. It doesn’t always work out that way. Today I found myself so absorbed in the problems I was trying to solve, that I dismissed the beauty of the sand, and the wind, and the waves. Before I knew it, I had returned to my car and didn’t really unwind. Unwinding releases creativity, and creativity is what I was trying to accomplish. I didn’t unwind, so came back feeling frustrated. I thought to myself, I got nothing accomplished today walking. Then I realized that I was thinking counter intuitive to that. Just the act of trying to accomplish something while walking on the beach prevented me from doing just that.

After getting in the car and on my way home, I realized I should have Let it Be. Not the wisdom of a Beatles song, but how I should live my life. As a parent, I now realize how often I tell my kids it will be alright. Whether it’s a bruised elbow or an ego.  And it makes them feel better. And I remember my Mom telling me countless times that it will be alright. And she was right. It always was, and is.

When I reread the words Paul wrote some 47 years ago, before I could comprehend the meaning, and what the meaning really was, I can’t help thinking about my Mom. How she was always on my side, by my side, encouraging me, and telling me I could accomplish anything I wanted to do in life. I have fought so hard against the grain. To push when I didn’t need to. To struggle.  It didn’t matter to her. She knew what was best for me.  She never gave up.

They say you never really understand the sacrifices your parents make for you until you have kids. It’s true for me. As my kids grow I see the miracle they are, and how I would do anything for them. You try to teach them to be happy, to enjoy life, to be safe.

I hope  I get to enjoy a long life. But no matter how long I have, when that time comes and  I am gone, and my kids are in times of trouble, I will come to them in a dream:

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on you
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.

Thank you, Mom. For believing……………..