Second Wind

Welcome to Adventure 2013 in time for a Second Wind.  Merri and I look forward to sharing it with you and helping us all stay on the leading edge.

Linked below is the report that you have asked for “How to Earn With Positive Community News”.  We were overwhelmed with orders and feel privileged… honored and thankful that so many have responded. Thank you.

Before we link the report, let me share a great story to start this “Best Year Yet”.


Kyocera ceramic knife and a Ponkan Mandarin (called Nagpar Suntra).

Being ahead of the pack can be profitable and is always an adventure.  Of course some times the leading edge is sharp!

One that subject, I am a bit of a knife and flashlight nut (I think it’s a guy thing).   As we became increasingly involved in citrus preparation, I saw an excuse to acquire the sharpest knife possible for slicing lemons, grapefruit and orange.   That led me to ceramic blades and the best I discovered were made by Kyocera.

This is the same company I wrote about offering solar panels at decreasing prices and in February 2010 this site looked at its shares as a potential green investment.  The shares rose from $88 to $102 in just a couple of months.

However it is the founder of Kyocera that we should focus on today.   As we start a New Year, if we desire a new lifestyle… he is definitely leading edge!

Yesterday’s message mentioned him,  Inamori Kazuo.  He started Kyocera, a ceramic company that now employs 66,000.  Then he started Japan’s second-largest telecom network and at 78 years old became the new CEO of Japan Airlines and led the airline out of bankruptcy.

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Now at 80, he is not slowing down!

I was writing about Kazuo’s feats at 80 when a reader sent this note.

Hello Gary, Just wondering about age. I’m 69. Do you think that might be too old  to start writing and self publish? I only have a high school education to boot. What is your honest opinion?  Thanks.

I replied: 69. Gosh you are still a kid as you can see below!  Merri and I are still going strong.  Some… in fact many of our delegates are in their 70s and beyond.

Education has nothing to do with good writing. As we mature we are more settled, have more experience, see a bigger picture and write better.

One writer who has attended our Spanish courses aged 72 just ran a Triathlon: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride and 3 mile run.

Then I shared the following examples of people having success at ages way past their 60s.

A New York Times article by By Deborah Sontaga entitled “At 94, She’s the Hot New Thing in Painting.” shows one great example.

Here is an excerpt.  After six decades of very private painting, Ms. Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Now, at a small ceremony in her honor, she was basking in the realization that her career had finally, undeniably, taken off. As cameras flashed, she extended long, Giacomettiesque fingers to accept an art foundation’s lifetime achievement award from the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Her good friend, the painter, Tony Bechara, raised a glass. “We have a saying in Puerto Rico,” he said. “The bus — la guagua — always comes for those who wait.”


Photo of  Carmen Herrera by Todd Heisler/The New York Times

And the Cuban-born Ms. Herrera, laughing gustily, responded, “Well, Tony, I’ve been at the bus stop for 94 years!”

The clue?  Live beyond logic and work hard.  We live in a chaotic… ever changing world where there is so much we cannot know.

Do what you love.  Serve and stay with it as you embrace the change.

Another article popped up entitled “Super Gran: World’s oldest gymnast aged 86 performs jaw-dropping routine on parallel bars”

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This one said: If you were inspired to take up a sport by the London 2012 Olympics but then quickly dismissed the idea because you thought you were too old – then think again.

A German gymnast has shown age is no barrier to sporting achievement by being named the world’s Oldest Gymnast at the age of 86.  Johanna Quaas appeared on This Morning and amazed presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with her display of strength and agility on the parallel bars.

That led me to Google the phrase “86 year old writers”.

Wow.  I saw articles again and again of 86 year olds doing amazing things.

One article said News: 86-year old author introduces book to FHS students.   Never say never… With shining eyes and a smile full of pride, Denis E. “Don” Bergeron presented his first book, a memoir titled In Front of Patton, to the Friendswood High School library. At the age of 86, this writer’s career has just begun.

Another title was “86-Year-Old Veteran Chronicles His Life in Heartwarming Rage Comic” and said:  “Rage comics” are a memetic phenomenon.  Because rage comics typically express primal responses to utterly mundane but often “scene”-specific experiences, it would seem unlikely that an 86-year-old man would be the author of what many Reddit users are calling the greatest rage comic ever made. Published earlier this week on the man’s birthday, the comic details in deeply personal terms the events of his life, beginning with his earlier memories from childhood and including his service in World War II, estrangement from his children and discovery of true love.

A Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors article “What You Know Best & Love Most is Key” says:  Martin Garaway was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star. The article talked about his many years of writing short stories as he drove a taxi in New York. It took him over five years to write his novel, The Theft of the Anasazi Pots, finally getting it published at 86 years old.

Another article was titled “Linus Bike, a Commuter Bike Manufacturer, Gives Kudos to 86-Year-Old Paperboy”.   According to the article published on the First Coast News website, 86-year-old Bud Schaefer from Minnesota started biking about four years ago after his children bought him a bike for Christmas. Being 82 at the time, Schaefer insisted the gift was a waste of money.  Instead, the article affirms, he discovered a new found passion for biking.  Schaefer even got himself a job riding bikes professionally. Well, as a paperboy that is. According to First Coast News, the job requires Schaefer to deliver 37 newspapers from the Rochester-Post Bulletin, around three dozen, each day. He even had to replace the tires due to overuse.

A article tells of Om Prakash in India who published his first book at 86.  The article says: When he was a student at the University of Delhi, the capitol city of India, he became involved in Gandhi’s “Quit India” freedom movement and served as a community organizer for the next four years until India gained its freedom from the British. Towards the end of this period he was imprisoned by the British for his activities as a freedom worker.

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Dr. Om Prakash

While in prison, he had the time and opportunity to think about his future. One spring morning, while in a deep meditative state of inner awareness, the outline of a life of service to others began to emerge. By the time he was released from prison it had turned into his passion.

Dr. Prakash has been in the private practice of Clinical Psychology for more than 30 years. About 10 years ago he added coaching services to his practice and this year published his first book, From Change to Transformation & Beyond.

An article from a Chinese website shows that age is not a hindrance there either.  Entitled: “More Universities for Elderly Students in China” it says: China now has 16,676 universities catering to the needs of the total 1.45 million students who believe they’re never too old to learn.  The university curriculum lists more than 50 classes. Yang Quan, an 86-year-old woman, published a collection of her poems earlier this month and became the twelfth student in her school to see her poetry in print.

This site has a message about 15 year olds in business and centenarians still active in work and play.

Never say “Never”.  No matter how old… how young… how rich… how poor…. or where you are there is a way you can improve your lifestyle in a positive way.


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