SPORTING EVENTS: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENG

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SPORTING EVENTS

ACTIVE AT SIXTY

THE A-Z CHALLENGE



Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

My surrounding area is rich with sports teams.

  • The Turks (an NCAA-MLB sectioned baseball team)
  • The Rebels (an NCAA-MLB sectioned baseball team)
  • The Cornhuskers (a county adult farm-league baseball team)
  • The Bruins (a county adult farm-league baseball team)
  • The Cardinals (a national wheelchair basketball team)
  • Three local colleges with 54 NCAA recognized sports teams
  • The Rocktown Rollers (a local women’s derby team)
  • Church-league softball, basketball, dodgeball, and kickball teams
  • Many IOC sanctioned 5-ks and marathons
  • Two IOC sanctioned year-round swim teams
  • Hundreds of soccer teams in the city-county soccer league

I am sure that your surrounding areas host many sporting events. Even a night on-the-town at a great high school game could be enjoyable!

Grab a friend and go cheer on some local athletics. You may even luck out a met a few future pros!



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READING NOVELS, SHORT STORIES, POETRY, MAGAZINES, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENGE

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READING NOVELS, SHORT STORIES, POETRY, MAGAZINES, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

ACTIVE AT SIXTY – THE A-Z CHALLENGE


Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

Visit your local library…. Grab a book!

At many libraries, you can even reserve what you want on-line so that it is at the checkout counter awaiting you!

Need some authors that I admire and enjoy reading?

(Word of warning: Almost all of these are mystery/ murder-mystery writers)

  • Piers Anthony (Fantasy)
  • David Baldacci
  • C.J. Box
  • Terry Brooks (Fantasy)
  • Lee Child
  • Harlan Coben
  • Michael Connelly
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Catherine Coulter
  • Tom Clancy
  • Clive Cussler
  • Michael Crichton
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Lisa Gardner
  • Sue Grafton
  • John Grisham
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • Dean Koontz
  • Mercedes Lackey (Fantasy)
  • Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy)
  • Brad Meltzer
  • James Patterson
  • Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
  • J.D. Robb
  • John Sandford
  • Stuart Woods

Pick one out!

Go ahead!!!

Grab a seat and become absorbed into a new world.

Pleasant dreams….



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QUID-WATCHING: THE ART OF SELF-BUDGETING: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENGE

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QUID-WATCHING: THE ART OF SELF-BUDGETING

ACTIVE AT SIXTY – THE A-Z CHALLENGE


Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

Getting your budget in order does not have to be a dreary task.

  • Just pocket each and every register tape receipt.
  • Deposit them in the appropriate container on your desk.
  • Weekly or daily (you pick the schedule) add the billings to your data sheet.
  • DebtHelper.com has a grand spreadsheet that can be manipulated and used a daily data collector.
  • Once you have started the habit, you will enjoy seeing where your money is going.

If you want to experiment with the big bucks, there is an online investor’s game you can play.

The Stock Market Game

My student’s in school have played it. They wish it were real… at last some of them do.

They became millionaires in just over nine-weeks!

I have not played it, but I might give it a try this winter.



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PHOTOGRAPHY: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENGE

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PHOTOGRAPHY

ACTIVE AT SIXTY

THE A-Z CHALLENGE



Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

Photography can be a great pastime.

  • Photographs are a way of solidifying memories.
  • Enjoy memorializing your life with the not-so-new-any-longer selfies.
  • Click as many candid and posed shots of friends as you like.
  • Photographs keep family that is afar united.
  • Photographs of home can keep homesickness a bay (a little).
  • Photographs of your home assist in insurance mishaps.
  • Photographs of home can show the stages in a memorable rebuilding or remodeling project.
  • Photographs can show friends at home the sites you are seeing on your escapades.
  • Photographs tell a story.
  • Photographs can record change.
  • Photographs can capture fleeting moments in life.

So, take as many as want.

Find a way to organize them and hold them close.

Photographs are concrete memories. They’re meant to be treasures.



Want to learn a little more about photography and hone your skills at taking a great picture?

Here are two online class-communities that may assist you in capturing that great moment.

Photography: Developing Your Eye I

Photography: Developing Your Eye II



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ONLINE LEARNING: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENGE

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ONLINE LEARNING

BE A LIFELONG-LEARNER

ACTIVE AT SIXTY

THE A-Z CHALLENGE



Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

On-Line Learning can be a great way to enhance your daily life.

You can find all kinds of classes on-the-web. Many of them cost very little, Some of them are even free!

One online educational community I have used is Udemy.  Udemy has over 65,000 online classes.

Here Are a Variety of the Current Free Classes at Udemy.

  • How to Write a Nonfiction EBook
  • Watch and Learn Baseball: Understand the Game like a True Fan
  • Stock Market Investing for Beginners
  • How to Pray Tabernacle Prayer
  • Start a WordPress Blog Today
  • Making Sense of Your Personal Finances
  • Knitting: A Crash Course
  • Calligraphy: The Basics
  • The Essentials of Acoustic Guitar Strumming Patterns
  • Piano Grooves

Many, many others begin starting at $9.99 a course.


Give a Class in Writing or Blogging a Try at The Daily Post

  • Blogging: Fundamentals
  • Blogging: Commenting Basics
  • Websites: Build a Business Site
  • Blogging: Intermediate Customization
  • Blogging: Branding and Growth
  • Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration
  • Writing: Shaping Your Story
  • Writing: Introduction to Poetry
  • Photography: Developing Your Eye I
  • Photography: Developing Your Eye II
  • Writing 101
  • Writing 102
  • Grow Your Traffic: Build Your Blog

Give Foreign Languages a Try. 

  • Duolingo.com

There are so many choices. All of the above classes free.

When you have a moment and an available computer…

Give one a try.



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Fretting about the Rain

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Fretting about the Rain



The last three opportunities of visitations to the night sky have been obstructed

by the clouds, the horrendous April temperatures,  and the rains. Sky watchers could become despondent about the interruptions, or they could be grateful for the fruitions given by the rains.

I choose to be grateful for the luscious, green grasses.

This Saturday-Sunday, we once again have a chance to breath in the night skies: Lyrid meteor showers.

Mother Nature appears to want to be cooperative this weekend.

The best time to view them seems to be predawn Sunday morning. This would be 5:00 am – 6:00 am.

I’m going to try to be up-n-about… Will I be seeing you?



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NETWORKING: ACTIVE AT SIXTY: THE A-Z CHALLENGE

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NETWORKING

ACTIVE AT SIXTY

THE A-Z CHALLENGE



Another year with the A-Z Challenge. This year I am doing Active at Sixty: The A-Z Challenge.

Stop being a couch potato. Get out and learn something new!

NETWORKING … … the new term for establishing connections in the business world.

Everyone needs new connections… a few new friendships.

Did you know that in the next ten years, the people that are the closest to you will not be the same people that you are closest to now? (aside from family members- hopefully,)

We are a mobile and ever-changing society.

Are you aware of how the connections were made in the friendships that you hold dear happened?

Friendships as children, and often in school, seem to happen by osmosis.

This is not usually true of friendships once we are older.

Here are ten tips for broadening your personal connections and to nurture the friendships that you are now enjoying.

  • Find friendships at the places that you already are. (If you are are house-bound, go to places that are functions that you enjoy.)
  • Know your profile. Introduce yourself. Shake hands or give a warm nod and tell the person your name. Maybe a follow-up line would be to explain why you are in attendance to this present event.
  • Smile. A true smile. A happy smile. A smile will allow the world to be a better place. It will also allow you to be a more approachable person.
  • When they respond… LISTEN! Actually listen to remember what is meaning said. LISTEN close enough that you could ask one-or-two more probing questions about what they explain about themselves.
  • Keep your eyes on them as they speak. Don’t wander around looking for the next big thing. That is rude! (If something does catch your eye and you find your attention wandering, at a pause, explain why and maybe a small chuckle would be appropriate.) 
  • Give affirmations. Speak of positive things. Be uplifting. Save your crusader topics for later.
  • If a friend- in passing- interrupts you, introduce them to each other, but continue to be captivated by your first connection. (Trading up to a more comfortable level is rude!)
  • Be yourself. Don’t try to command the situation. LISTEN and be yourself.
  • Exchange a way of future communications. Don’t make plans for the next two months! but establish a way that your paths could cross, intentionally, once again.
  • Close the deal. Be sure to find a way to reverse your greeting and say good goodbye.

So, now you are will armed with a  few strategies for establishing the groundwork for new friendships.

Go forth and conquer!



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