A day at Iao Valley State Monument…




Here is another revisit from the past. On my first trip to Maui in 1993, I took a helicopter tour. One of the places we flew over was Iao Valley. Looking down, and scared to death, I thought I would like to see the Valley from the safety of the ground. That trip I never got there, or in the subsequent 24 years of trips to Maui. When I moved here about 10 months ago, I wanted to go see it, top of my list of things I wanted to do, but the park was closed due to a flash flood that washed away some of the road and trails.

So my kids woke up bored this morning, didn’t want to go to the beach or really do much of anything. (Bored in Maui, imagine). I poked around on the online Maui guidebook and saw that the park was opened last month. It’s been closed since September of 2016. That’s where we headed the bumper.

Even though it’s only about a 10-minute drive from Wailuku, one of the main cities in Maui, it a gorgeous drive. Take a look.

It was made a National Natural Landmark in 1972 but goes way farther back than that. It was here that the Maui army was defeated in 1790. It’s in a rainforest, and the head of it gets about 386 inches of rain a year, which makes for some treacherous waters at times in the stream. The needle, for which it is famous for, rises 1200 feet above the park floor, and 2250 above sea level. It’s quite a hike up to the lookout point, but well worth it. (And you get a little exercise). Here’s the view from the lookout.

When you get to the top parking lot, which there are more cars than spots, there is a little hut where you pay for the park. $5 bucks for tourists, free if you live in Maui. This attendant had at least 20 years on me. (Might be a good job for me when he retires in 10 years or so). You pretty much park where you feel like it, which goes for all of Maui.

Only a few tourists worked their way to the lookout, like us, and were snapping pictures, but the bulk of people in the park you could tell were local. And they were jumping off rocks into the river just below the lookout.

When we were done, we headed back towards town and stopped at the Gardens which is part of the park (only a few blocks from the top) which had easy access to the river and about 5 or 6 Pavillions. We found a spot to park and headed to the river.

Now here is the really neat thing about Maui and the Hawaiian people. They don’t have parks so a bunch of tourists can come and snap a few pictures, buy some worthless souvenirs (no gift shop here), and steal a rock or a shell. They use the park for their enjoyment. For parties, weddings, birthdays, reunions. The Pavillions were packed with people, and cakes, and balloons, and barbeques, and beer. This is the way it should be. Don’t just save it for the next generation, but show them how to enjoy it. I like that. Here is how they enjoy a beautiful Sunday in the river at the park.

Even though we didn’t bring swimsuits, we waded in the river getting wet. The lesson for the day……Enjoy what you have, where you are, who you are, enjoy your life.

Crow please….extra ketchup.


My last blog was self-pity about never winning anything. Wouldn’t you know that same night I would win the grand prize at my Son’s school? Must be Karma, which I so eloquently discussed in an earlier time.

Tonight I took my Son to a movie night at his school. Being from Minnesota, I would imagine this would be an inside event. Not in Maui. Outside, under the stars, no bugs, 80 degrees, perfect to be sure. The movie was Finding Dory, which I think I was the only person who has never seen it because I think out of the 200 plus people there, I was the only one watching. 

When we got there, it was the usual contribution of entry, raffle, and food. About 30 bucks worth. The five bucks I put in for the raffle was for the  8th-grade class trip, a worthy cause to be sure. I rarely saw my son the 2  1/2 hours we were there, he was busy with friends. He came back when the movie ended, and the drawing began. Now keep in mind I have been touting a no-win anything policy for years. I expected the same.

The three names were pulled for prizes. Leftover pizza and glow sticks. The next name was drawn, a $20 gift card to an unnamed pizza palace. And the grand prize winner of a $250 gift card to a small boutique inn, which is about a half mile from the school,  is me. My son went nuts, jumping up and down and running down to the front to get the huge prize.

What makes this so special is that we were looking at the ticket together, and when the numbers were called, to my son it was like winning the Powerball.

I proudly followed him down to collect the bounty from his previous 4th-grade teacher, who was now the principal this year. I grabbed the envelope, and our beach chairs  and went back to the car to drive home in the dark. Once inside, I flipped on the interior lights and had him open the envelope to savor the win.

Dad, he asked, ” What does it mean rooms only, excludes food, drink, and blackout dates?”

Son, I said,” It means we just got juked.”

Now if you don’t know what juked means, you are definitely in need of updating. It means to make a move intending to deceive.

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate that the school gets donations. they have to make a lot of pieces work with a certain amount of funds.  The prizes were donated from local establishments, probably from someone who has a kid in school there. That’s great. But do you think that giving a night out at a local hotel means a whole lot to the locals? No food, no drink?

My son knew where the place was, and he showed me it on the way back from the movie night. It’s a tiny inn, right in town, no beach, no pool, kind of scary if you ask me. I looked it up online and see that $250 might cover one night. I would be afraid to stay there for a couple of hours.

Do you know what makes this the greatest win of all? My son and I had a moment. We bonded over the absurdity of the offer. No food, no drink. No value. We laughed that it had no value to us. We looked into each other’s eyes and connected. That was the true prize.

We got a free room back in Minnesota once. It was a TV promotion. We went to the pool for a couple of hours and then went home. The kids get it. Thank you for his school for bringing kids and parents and life together. I might not be in the market for an iffy motel at this time, but you never know.

Anyone up for some crow?…………………

 

 

 

Win a house, a car, and some cash…..





The first thing you realize when you stop the 9 to 5 (in my case 8 to 8) is that you have way more time than money.  So with all that time, you fill some of those hours looking for things you can win. That’s what I started doing about a year ago when I still lived in Minnesota.

There are two ways to go about trying to win something, pay to play, or sign up for free contests and sweepstakes. There are lotteries, scratch off tickets, raffles, casino’s and more all vying for your dollar. That can get pretty expensive, and it never worked for me.

I learned my casino lesson many years ago, in Las Vegas. One New Years when I was about 25, 3 of my buddies and I went for 5 days over New Years, a guys trip. None of us had any real money, I had $400 bucks. I didn’t have a credit card, which was a blessing. The first day we were there I headed up the strip, found myself a “Loose Slots” type of casino, and parked myself at a dollar machine. The only thing “Loose” that day was me, and two hours later the only thing I had left in my pockets was Kleenex. Every last dime. I did learn something about Las Vegas that trip. It’s no fun being broke there. My buddies were kind enough to buy me food and a few drinks the rest of the trip but refused to lend me any money to gamble. Those are good friends, even though I didn’t think so at the time. I have not gambled at a casino since.

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I was never into scratch offs or raffles either. The lottery interested me because of the huge amount of money you could win. So I faithfully bought my tickets every week, about $10 worth, and sometimes more when the pot got really big. So let’s say it averages out to about $60 a month. $720 a year. 32 years of playing in Minnesota- $23,040 total. How much I have won? My biggest win was $25. Maybe all told $300 or $400 bucks. So I have spent in my lifetime almost $23,000, no wasted that money. Hawaii doesn’t allow the lottery here, and I bought my last tickets before I got on the plane to come here after I sold my house. I was kind of whining about it to my sister after I moved, and she gave me the greatest advice.  “If you always think in the back of your mind that you will win a bunch of money, that alone will prevent you from giving all your effort into something else”. She is absolutely right. Take it from someone who had that problem. Gambling is a zero-sum game. They end up with the sum, you end up with zero.

But before she turned on the lightbulb for me, I spent time poking around on the internet for contest and sweepstakes, the free kind. And there are hundreds of them. Trouble is, most of them are scams to get your email address and try to sell you something. The latest is a few websites get together, come up with a contest, and you enter but are also agreeing to get emails from them. That’s fine if you want a bunch of stuff in your email every day. I don’t. I can tell you right now that in the year of entering this stuff and unsubscribing from hundreds of offers, I haven’t so much as won a pencil. Save yourself a lot of time, and don’t bother. You can follow my sister’s advice on this one too.

That brings us to the holy grail of sweepstakes, Publishers Clearing House’s ten million dollar prize. I always envisioned them pulling their van up to my door, flowers in hand walking to my door, then asking me if the neighbor was home because they won the prize. Have you ever noticed that the big prize keeps getting postponed every few months? This is another sweepstakes designed to get you on their list, keep you involved, and keep trying to sell you magazines. I broke up with them too.

The reason for all this information which you could care less about is I do believe in a couple of things you should enter. One, because I never win anything and I would like someone I know to win them. Second, these are the real deal. No spam, no trying to sell you something. And they actually give out the prizes. And time is running out quickly, so get your entry in if you haven’t already.

The first one is HGTV’s home giveaway. This year it’s a lake home in Vermont and $50,000 in cash. The value of the whole thing is over a million. This one ends on Sept 27th. Just go to HGTV or DIY (Do it yourself) to enter. You get two entries per day. If you win, maybe I can come freeload for a while.

Another one is Great American Country. They are giving away $25,000. That one ends in 3 days. Again, legit and no spam.

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The final one is Ford Motor Company. This one goes until Oct. 8th, and you only get one entry. You can either win a brand new Ford Edge or a trip out East. This contest is teamed up with a charity, so it’s a good cause too. Here’s the link: www.hallmarkchannel.com/warriorsinpink

Right about now you are probably thinking why am I wasting my time on this stuff, and I should be following my sister’s great advice. Old habits die hard. Nothing in life is free. Time is the most precious commodity we have, and I have certainly given up more than my share wasting it on trying to win something.

But as they say…………….someone’s going to win!

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What’s a sound worth?…….


My kids think this is weird, but I like to watch the finale of shows on TV. I don’t really watch much of the season, but like to see the end. Except for Survivor, that is one show I have never missed. (Kind of reminds me of working at a corporation).

Last night I watched the finale of America’s Got Talent. Wow, all the contestants were great, and they all had big of stories to go along with their talent. One of the contestants had been deaf for 10 years, and sang and played the guitar beautifully. Her name is Mandy.She couldn’t hear a word she sang, a note from her guitar, the audience applause or the judges praise. It was nothing short of remarkable.I, of course, got a tear in my eye, and my son thought I was too emotional. (I probably was).

It’s funny, but I had been thinking of sounds all day. It started at the beach when I walked past someone with earbuds connected to their phone, maybe listening to music, maybe something else. I have seen this many times, and always thought “don’t they want to hear the ocean and the wind?” Isn’t that part of the beach and nature experience? What if you couldn’t hear those things? That’s a lot different than not wanting to or oblivious to them.

I have really only spent time with one deaf person in my life. I will call him John because I can’t remember his real name. (That might be it after all). My best friend and I inherited him one summer when we were in our early twenties. He just kind of showed up at our door one day, and we somehow spent the next three months carting him around with us. (He didn’t have a car).

That summer I drove a huge 1-ton cargo van, painted Zebra stiped. (Got a lot of looks). It had no seats in the back, except for lawnchairs we would put back there when we were in party mode. Well, John sat in the middle of the one front bench seat, and my friend and I would turn our heads towards the windows and talk if we wanted to say something that we didn’t want him to hear. One day we were driving along, and a tire wrench fell from its perch on the side of the cargo area, and John turned his head immediately upon its crash on the floor. From that day on, my friend and I weren’t so sure he wasn’t faking it, so out window conversations stopped until the end of the summer when he moved away. I have always felt guilty about that.

Yesterday after I picked the kids up from school, my son and I went to the park so he could play basketball with some friends. I laid back on the grass in the shade, closed my eyes, and just listened. I heard kids laughing, screaming, crying, dogs barking, leaves rustling, cars going by, sirens, skateboards rolling, basketballs dribbling, birds singing, wind blowing, parents talking, a plane going roaring overhead. Quite frankly, it was overwhelming, the amount of layers in sound. I know they talk about it in music, but it’s right here in life.

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I take my hearing for granted. I’m a visual person, and to me, a sound is an add-on to complete the picture. But what if I couldn’t hear? Think of all the milestones in my life that I would have missed. I can’t even begin to list them. My Mom reading me stories, my Dad and I talking while fishing, endless conversations with friends, my babies first cry, every time my kids call me Dad, laughter, my dog barking, cat purring and all the sounds of nature. A sound is a miracle.

One of my favorite sounds is the sound of doves cooing outside my open windows every day. I guess if I had to pick one sound I was aware of and appreciate, this is it.

I feel guilty now for sleeping with a fan or a white noise sound machine to cover up night sounds. I feel guilty for taking my hearing for granted (even though my hearing is pretty weak in one ear). I feel guilty that someone else might not be able to hear the things I can.

We should pay more attention to the miracles in our life. Sounds and the ability to hear them is one of them. I think I have been missing out on this gift to me. From now on, I am going to stop and listen more often.

How much is a sound worth………………Priceless.

 

Short Bert…………….

 

I think we all remember being a kid. At times awkward, self-conscious, and struggling with our identity.

Short Bert is that kid in all of us. A little insecure, a little different, and with a big heart. All kids want to fit in and do what’s right. Short Bert accepts who he is. He will grow up to be a fine young man.

For my second children’s book, I wanted to do something lighter than Imagine Me. That book was meant to be read to a child, Short Bert is one that they can read themselves.

I haven’t published it yet. But it’s yours to enjoy by going to the Short Bert link in the menu at the top of the page.

Have your special kid read it to you, and let me know what they think. It’s way more important than what we think………………

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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