Can’t Stop Now…

How Many of us Will Just keep Working?

A greater number of us who have topped 60 years of age, and are now realizing that our “Golden Moment”, where our retirement income provides for a comfortable lifestyle, has not materialized. And the question is, what now?

Not what we planned for...
Not what we planned for…

Truth be told, far more of us will be working well past 62, 65, 70…for a myriad of reasons.

In the article that I have linked below, one of the reasons many are still working is that the retirement that so many “thought” would be so much fun…isn’t. Take a look at the article here and let’s talk.


It is OUR Choice…

Great morning to all.

I watched most of the 3 Matrix trilogy movies on yesterday…and plan to watch V is for Vendetta over the weekend. They are among my favorite “fight the power” movies. Then I came across a video piece created on YouTube that meshes a powerful element of each…the “true essence” of the movies messaging.

Take 15 minutes and watch here: The CHOICE is YOURS

Then…go about your day, everyday, with a renewed sense of purpose and CHOICE!


Still Getting taxed after Retirement…

Working after Retirement…still getting taxed?

If you are one of the many people who decide to continue working, and earning income after you have begun receiving Social Security benefits/income, you will want to read this article: How to stay out of IRS trouble.

Some of us with children yet in high school (stop laughing) or college, we know that we will be working, and not retiring, for a number of additional years. However, there are some people who are receiving SS benefits and are now seeking to get out of the house due to boredom, or are in need of supplemental income.


With inflation on the rise and a continued fight about SS benefit dollars from the U. S. Congress, it is wise to know how to steer clear of the IRS and their desire to tax your incomes. Now that I visit a local Senior Center in my city of residence, I learned what is legal…and wanted to pass this information along to you.

Feel free to share this with others whom you know and let’s insure that no one has to face an IRS inquiry.


Let It Lay…

Let it Lay…

In my morning meditation today I had the thought that there are so many things bombarding us each and every day;

• Commercials showing young people having fun when drinking
• TV Ads exhorting us to take a prescription drug that has more side effects than the actual symptoms we are seeking to overcome
• Presidential candidates who are the newest puppets of the ruling class

So much that we have to filter out in our attempt to discern truth from deception.

With that in mind I remembered a song from 40 years ago by Les McCann. He was truly ahead of his time in creating songs that decried the state of life that was being sold to us all, with a powerful Compared to What. However, I wanted to ask you to listen to another song that has often kept me focused on being mindful that some things are better left alone. Click here and listen to Let it Lay.

And today, Let it Lay. Whatever that is for you…


When Doves Cry-Prince

April 29, 2016

When Doves Cry…

It’s been one week since the tragic and sudden death of the Artist Prince. It is really interesting how so many of us have felt a deep, personal loss when we heard the news of his passing. And, yet, Prince is someone that most of us have never seen in person nor met.

Why, then, do we feel like we have lost someone so dear to us?

Was it the music that endeared us to him?

Was it his stance against the music industry that made us feel like he knew our struggles against the Corporate machines in America?

Was it his ability to remain scandal-free in the midst of an always-salacious industry that thrives off of misfortune and chaos?

Was it his refusal to “prostitute” his music to make money on TV commercials?

Was it the damn fashion that he embodied that made us proud of his independence?


To all of that.

He was our Prince…who “could take your girl while wearing heels” to quote music mogul L.A. Reid in a recent interview describing his friend, Prince.

I am so very glad that he came our way, and shared his genius for the world to marvel at.

Touch here for the song that always had me torn between smiles and tears.


In God We Trust…

In God We Trust…

It seems that in the chase for more money, dineros, Benjamins, there is such irony in four words that are prominent on the bills of our currency, “In God We Trust.” Those words are once again at the center of a controversy in Congress, as to whether they belong on the currency of a nation that is ever-leaning away from it’s once Christian based majority.


I had a thought today, as I considered what a Christian believer might think about the expectation that The Creator, God, Yahweh, might be looking for from them. Might He want people to treat each other with more compassion? More love? To feed the hungry? House the homeless? Insure the safety for elders and children?

Yet, today in America, we have an entire city, Flint, Michigan, which has gone without clean water for the past year, because the elected officials wanted to save money…In God We Trust?

In America today, we still have gas prices at elevated levels, even though the trading price of a barrel of oil is less than $30 per barrel. And at-the-pump prices are one dollar ($1.00) per gallon higher in under-served/ghetto neighborhoods, than in those less than three miles away. In God We Trust?

In America today, and particularly every Monday, many congregations make hefty deposits in banks that likely will deny loans to the very same people whose deposits are now in those institutions. In God We Trust?

What might we as a Nation do going forward, in this election year, to embody the values and ethics that the Creator requires of us? Is it at all possible to separate the love of money from the notion that the wealthiest nation on Earth is also the one that has so many isms? Racism. Sexism. Classism. In God We Trust?

In God We Trust.

Maybe He would like to see more proof…



Conscience or Convenience?

As we approach the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season…it’s ironic that somehow we’ve gone from a time of year that was about family and food, to one that promotes and embodies consumerism. A time now that many look forward to only in hopes of saving lots of money while shopping on Black Friday.

As a kid, and even later as an adult, I knew it was important to get the food, beverages and any items needed for the family meal, the days before Thanksgiving or Christmas, because of the knowledge that nothing would be open on those days. What you did not have…you did without. It made meal and event planning something everyone had to participate in. To forget the eggnog, or cherry pie would be scorned upon by all who had their taste buds ripe and ready. You got it right or got talked about.

Somewhere in the past 20 years the owners of grocery, department and corner stores decided that their perceived loss of revenue was more important than allowing their employees time off to spend with loved ones. We now have a generation of adults who have never known a time when Walgreens or Wal-Mart were not open for their needs to be immediately satisfied.

Is it unreasonable for us as Mothers, Fathers, and friends to insist that our family members be afforded time to fellowship in the old-fashioned American way? Somehow, in the never-ending-drama that is the Republican or Democratic debates, not one candidate dare suggest that family values outweigh net profits. Not one.

So, I challenge you, my friends, to NOT shop on Black Friday or Thanksgiving Day.


Will you join me to make a powerful statement by boycotting the mass hysteria that is created by profit-driven corporations? Or, will you go along like too many who have no recollection of what it means to have the entire family around the table? I am counting on you to honor Conscience. Not convenience.

And should your lights go out over the holidays…just light candles and tell stories. Those memories will last forever. Not who ran out to get replacement bulbs…


Family Eating Thanksgiving Dinner --- Image by © Larry Williams/CORBIS
Family Eating Thanksgiving Dinner — Image by © Larry Williams/CORBIS

The Empty Chair…

The Empty Chair This Year…

As we approach another Holiday Season, it is often a difficult time for one MAJOR reason. There’s an empty chair at the dinner table this year. One which had been filled by a loved one who is no longer with you.



And the memories of past holidays together linger with each family member. All too often we lament about missed opportunities to ask questions. Say, “I Love You.” Reminisce about the “good old days.”

It’s even more difficult for a spouse to attend the current holiday activities, for the first time without their longtime partner. Their choice to attend or not is a difficult one. Here’s an article that may provide some insight into how you can support their choice: click here

One suggestion is to record video of each family member this year. With technology being so much easier to use today, there is little reason to not capture these all-too-special moments. And if you are wondering what to do with all those photos and video files…consider this: Click here

Well Lived Years…

It is often either coincidence or serendipity, or the power of a higher-spirit at work…when we have a strong feeling about something or someone, and that thing, or that person shows up for us. I have had such an experience today.

In my time spent driving in the ever-worsening Bay Area traffic today, something that I usually seek to avoid, I had far too much time to think behind the wheel of my vehicle. During that time, I reflected upon the state of our economy, the political debates that are taking far too much media space with more than a year before the general election for the next U.S. President, and my own mortality.

Everyone, at least in my sphere of friends and colleagues, is reaching one milestone or another recently. Some are achieving the age of 50 years, some now are 60, and yet others are preparing to embark upon new careers and business ventures. And most, if not all of them, have stated that they are seeking to live the remainder of their days seeking to be fulfilled by more than just the pursuit of money.

Now that I am more than halfway into my first year of the 61st year of my life, I am allowing more time to consider what else I wish to experience before my time is up. Knowing that there are more days behind me than are ahead of me, I am mindful of the quality versus quantity equation looking ahead.


And so it is that today I came across a video interview with Tim Ferris, who made his mark with a now-famous book, “The Four Hour Work Week.” His topic in the interview focuses on the importance of creating a well-lived life versus one that is only concerned with longevity. I think it is a subject that is not discussed nearly enough in a society often consumed with how much we can pack into each day/week/month and year of our life.

Take a few minutes and watch it here:

Who’s Watching YOU?

Who’s watching YOU?

As the past seven years have unfolded, we have seen the move from capturing video content on a tape-based format, to one that is purely digital and tapeless. Those of us in the industry of capturing events and crafting stories are now joined, whether we like it or not, by the legion of cell phone owners who can record high-definition (HD) footage, and upload the content directly to the Internet. No editing. No reviewing. No way…


What it has also done is make us keenly aware, as many law enforcement officers are coming to grips with, that you can be recorded at any time. Anywhere. Without your knowledge or consent. That is scary…

So, now, we must be ever mindful that any/everything that you do can be recorded. Have we gone too far in the name of “free speech?” Those of us in the media know all too well, that the “camera never lies…”

With “red light” cameras on many intersections, on the exterior and interiors of numerous businesses, we are all being “monitored”, whether you give permission or not. And to borrow a phrase which will obviously date me, and recall what was once a total surprise and is now commonplace, “smile, you’re on Candid Camera,” is now the norm.


We better be ready for all that can come from such immediacy.

The Silver Surfer