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FEBRUARY Issue
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	1. Websites of Interest
	2. USA Today Life Style Snapshots
	3. Tips For Boomers 
	4. Flowers
	5. Boomer of The Month
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SECTION 1: WEB SITES OF INTEREST
Anybody for a free background?
Here's something that may bring back some memories.
A celebration of Black History Month is in full swing at Suite 101. Take a look.
This month I proudly hand over the title of Boomer of the Month to the legendary Pittsburgh Disc Jockey Gary Larkin. Here's a direct link to his wonderful site, Oldies Unlimited.

By: Chuck Nyren, nyren@ibm.net Suite 101 -- Winner of 7 Canadian Internet Awards http://www.suite101.com/userfiles/179/splash.htm
Fiction in: Pogonip: http://www.ior.com/~mww/pogonip/fiction/fiction.htm
G21: http://www.g21.net/
Eclectica: http://www2.polarnet.com/~eclectic/v2n1/nyren.html
The Yardbird Reader: http://www.yardbird.com/yardbirdreader.htm

MORE WEB SITES OF INTEREST
CBS'S PUBLIC EYE
   On the last edition of Public Eye, Bryant Gumbel reported 
   on the resurgence of old trends. In the 1990s, movies, 
   cars and clothes harken to the past. Visit Spotlight for
   a retrospective of styles from the 1950s through today
   Spotlight - Trends Through the Decades

   From cigars and martinis to vintage clothing and cars,
   what is new to the 90s generation is a throwback to
   another. This week in Spotlight, we take you through
   nearly fifty years of headlines and hemlines, big-screen
   and small-screen sensations, and the music that
   accompanied it all. Baby-boomer or ex-hippie,
   Generation X or the next, the Spotlight Timeline
   proves a trend that goes around, eventually comes
   around. (Note: This is archived copy of CBS web pages)

SECTION 2: BOOMERS RELATED LIFE SNAPSHOTS
 Untapped resource
 
 Though 40% of benefits managers say their companies offer 410(k)
 retirement accounts, few employees actually use them. . 

 Solid Gold
 
Sold Lid Gold King Source: Recording Industry Assoc. of America Solid gold King Elvis Presley has more gold albums (at least 500,000 sold) than any other recording artist. Princess power
Source:Anne R. Carey and Elys A. McLean, USA TODAY Bing Crossby - White Christmas 30 million Elton John's - Candle in the Wind 26 million * If all copies are sold. Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock 25 million Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' tribute to Princess Diana may become the world's top-selling single. MORE Boomers Tid Bits.
For other general Life Style Snapshots USA TODAY SNAPSHOTS

SECTION 3: BOOMER - MIDLIFE
By: Mike Bellah

Most of the things we say we will do if we win the lottery
don't require winning the lottery to do.

Even if we did win the lotto, most of us probably would not change 
habits we are establishing now.

If we are waiting for something to happen before we can be happy, 
we will spend most of our lives waiting.

Bellah's Three Laws of the Lotto

What would you do if you won the lottery? When an Amarillo couple
recently pocketed the first installment of an 11.5 million payoff, 
the question resurfaced in local conversations. I've been jotting
down answers I have heard. Here are some of them:

  •Pay off all my debts. 
  •Move to where I really want to live. 
  •Quit my job and do something I like. 
  •Go back to school and take courses I want. 
  •Do some writing or painting. 
  •Buy or build something I've always wanted. 
  •Travel more. 
  •Help all those people who have helped me.   
  •Help my church or charity more. 
  •Take more time off. 
  •Spend more time with family and friends. 
  •Be happy and fulfilled.

Did you notice? Most of the things we say we will do if we win 
the lottery don't require winning the lottery to do. They don't 
cost millions; most don't even cost thousands; some cost nothing. 
And yet, most of us are waiting for some miracle to bring them to us.
I call this the Lotto Syndrome--waiting for someday to receive that 
which can be ours today. To address the problem I've formulated some 
theorems. 

These are Bellah's Three Laws of the Lotto.

Law One

Most of us will not win the lotto. Profound observation, huh?
We have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than 
picking those lucky six numbers. So if we are going to achieve
these things (and most can be achieved), we will have to do so 
on our own, one step at a time.

Law Two

Even if we did win the lotto, most of us probably would not 
change habits we are establishing now. This point concerns the 
things on our lists that don't cost money. I'm convinced, and 
I think research will show, that if we don't spend time with 
family and friends before winning the lotto, we will not 
afterwards. If we are not happy people living on average incomes 
now, we won't be happy millionaires either.

Law Three

Law three follows naturally from the first two. The Lotto 
Syndrome is self-limiting. If we are waiting for something to 
happen before we can be happy, we will spend most of our lives 
waiting. If we cannot find opportunities for fulfillment today,
we will probably not find them tomorrow. So go ahead and compose 
your lotto dream list. Just don't wait for someday to pursue the 
things on it. Most can be yours starting today.

For more information on Midlife, visit: 
The Midlife's Moments. Web Site.
 
Write to Mike Bellah at :mike@bestyears.com

SECTION 4: FLOWERS
"Be My Valentine" Flowers ...
Be caution -- flowers can say a lot more than just "LOVE",
some flowers can mean the opposite! Here are the 
traditional meanings of some popular flowers to help
you convey what you really mean. 

Asters mean elegance and daintiness 
Azaleas means fragile passion 
Carnations 
     Pink--I'll always remember you 
     Purple--impulsive, unpredictable 
     Red--admiration   
     White--innocence, purity 
     Yellow--joy and happiness 
Cyclamen means goodbye 
Chrysanthemums usually mean friendship, optimism and truth
(especially white ones), but they can also mean: 
      Red--love 
      Yellow--rejected love 
Daffodils mean desire, affection or unrequited love 
Daisies mean innocence and purity 
Forget-me-not's mean true love 
Forsythia means anticipation 
Gardenias mean joy or secret love 
Gladioluses mean strength, splendor or love at first sight 
Huckleberries mean faith 
Hyacinth means I'm sorry 
Lilies mean devotion, purity, or renewed happiness 
Mums mean hope 
Roses 
      Red--love 
      White--purity 
      Pink--happiness 
      Yellow--joy and happiness 
Tulips usually mean luck, but they can also mean: 
      Red--I love you 
      Yellow--unrequited love 
Violets mean modesty or faithfulness 
Winter Greens mean harmony

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

SECTION 5: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
 At the age of six, I developed polio and almost died two times 
 while in an iron lung, until the age of eight I was totally 
 paralyzed, and was one of  the very first of twelve to test 
 the polio vaccine. At the age of twelve I was able to walk with 
 the help of braces and  crutches. The doctors didn’t give me much 
 hope of ever being able to walk because of the after effects of 
 polio, but I proved them wrong.

 It’s amazing what you’re  able to do if you never give up or 
 surrender to other peoples' opinions....

 Read more about Gary Larkin Our Boomer of The Month


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