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Alas, I tire of writing for free on the Internet…

This EXCELLENT opinion piece put me over the edge!

Don’t know what’s next for me, but I do know I’m in transition once again…

A tiny piece of my mind about this “government shutdown.”  Don’t negotiate with terrorists!

When accused in a book review of being a “Debbie Downer” for reviewing the research and stating the facts about boomer reality, how could I not respond?

Jerk whisperer

Don’t miss my latest about what changes in midlife!

Nora Ephron and trouble

Ironically, I have been struggling with issues around finding personal meaning, while producing a book with the sub-title: The Search for Meaning in Midlife.

First the editing process was brutal.  My editor took twice as long to edit it, so it cost twice as much as previous volumes, and along the way I lost sight of why I do what I do.  The cost and mental torture of just getting it out the door, made me doubt my purpose.

I’m afraid we all know this feeling if we’ve been a writer for long.  We start out certain that we have something important to say, and we love having the freedom to say it through the various new mediums available for the first time in human history.  But that does not mean we don’t suffer massive self-doubt at times.

For weeks after producing my new book I criticized myself for even trying.  I felt bad, feeling like the whole thing was a waste of money.  I’m certain my fluctuating hormones played no small part in all this.

But now I have come to my senses.  I fear that I was actually starting to censor myself.  This work is the best I have ever produced.  It summarizes most of what I have learned in studying the experience of midlife from the inside out.  It explains what happens to our hearts and our brains in midlife, especially in combination with being raised in the time of the boomer generation.  And then shows us how to combat these challenging emotions, and succeed in becoming our best selves in spite of the many factors which may work against us.

I know now I am happy and so proud to have produced this work with my name on the front of it.  Regardless of all other factors including sales statistics, this is the work I needed to produce to honor my brother who did not survive the difficult vicissitudes of midlife.

Would it be too much for Congress to actually do something now, after doing absolutely NOTHING for the past four years?

It seems the Republicans, who said their only purpose was to dump Obama, have failed miserably.  That is why they have stood in the way of ever attempt at progress on improving our economy, stabilizing the jobless rate, or lowering the deficit for the past four years.

And it is only because they cannot put off doing their job any longer, that they are now squawking about how hard it is.

My response?  Yes, your job is difficult.  That’s why you get all that great free health care and get paid the BIG BUCKS!  Now get your shit together and DO SOMETHING!

Quit giving the richest Americans the best tax breaks, while trying to figure out how to make the poorest among us pay more.

News Flash: Those living on very little or social security will not be your best source for building up revenue.  You have bled them dry now.

I know you and your rich friends sure hate to pay taxes, but hey, it is for a good cause… the future of your own country.  Time to find a little Christmas generosity and patriotism inside!

This is not brain surgery, which is a good thing because Congress has certainly proven that they are not the sharpest pencils in the box.

Unfortunately, Congress does not understand or represent the circumstances of most Americans today.  Most in Congress are millionaires, but they have also proven, again and again, they are not particularly good at understanding basic math.

I’m 57 and somehow I have made it through my entire life without an app.  In fact, I have never even owned a cellphone as far as that goes…

The other day I overheard a young woman putting down her friend for having a two year old phone.  “I can’t believe you still have that old phone..”  EXCUSE ME???

Am I the only sane one left on this planet who thinks a cellphone is a complete waste of time and money?  PROBABLY!

Every time I check into the possibility of getting one the contract prices and monthly charges have doubled AGAIN.  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) shows that cell phone expenditures increased rapidly from 2001 through 2007, with the total cost of owning a cell phone surpassing the cost of residential landline phone services beginning in 2007.

Cell phone providers must be working under the assumption that they will just continue raising prices until the consumer stops paying… but they never do!  Talk about a dysfunctional addiction!

I must say, I appreciate everyday the fact that I never jumped on that gravy train for cell phone service providers!  That is one seriously expensive technology addiction that just about everyone has swallowed hook, line and sinker.

Next time you use your cell phone, think about what else you could do with those thousands of dollars per year you spend on just having a phone.

I decided to try and stir up a little controversy today over on my writing blog.

Here’s a little economics lesson on why professional writers are on their way out!