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Feeding America: A Generation that Quietly Goes Hungry

Most of us look forward to the years following retirement. Some even consider it the best years of their lives. But for millions of Americans, the golden years aren’t so golden. There are 37 million people across the U.S. who struggle with hunger and barely get by because of life’s unexpected hurdles, and a large portion are at more risk than we realize – older Americans. While the rate of food insecurity for senior citizens has decreased in recent years, it is still much higher than it was in 2007, before the recession. The current number of seniors who are food insecure is more than double what it was in 2001 – a number that is expected to increase as the baby boomer generation ages. Feeding America is working hard to prevent this, but it’s important to understand the issue to inform policy and charitable efforts and eliminate hunger for older Americans. The Facts According to Feeding America’s The State of Senior Hunger in America report, 7.7 percent of seniors age 60 and older were food insecure in 2017. That

Third Half Advisors: Bridging the Gap for Post-Career Professionals

A post-retirement consulting venture helps retiring boomers navigate through their “third half” in life. At last, retirement has finally arrived! So well deserved, it is the crowning achievement of a hard-working career, the off-ramp of a demanding, challenging profession. You’ve looked forward to this for so long, and now you can finally bask on that sunny Florida beach, sleep in, play golf, spend more time with the grandkids. No more fighting rush hour traffic, working late night hours, meeting deadlines, or crafting that perfect presentation, just lots and lots of R&R … maybe too much R&R. Living in the fast lane juggling responsibilities, goals, number crunching, project management, family, and then suddenly switching to a slower-paced lifestyle can be jarring to one’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Some may view this as being led out to pasture and envision themselves sitting among old folks nodding off in front of a television. It’s a scary thought for those who feel they still have so much to contribute and crave a sense of fulfillment like their successful careers once gave them. Retiring with

Plain English Legal Documents Aim to Simplify Legal Speak

Complicated legal jargon may be fine for some folks, but using plain English makes complex information an easier read. In 1936, Fred Rodell, a professor of law at Yale University, said, “There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing.  One is its style.  The other is its content. That, I think, about covers the ground.” After graduating from law school and spending my career in the business world, I have always felt comfortable with legal documents, a necessity when it comes to making sure your financial affairs are in order, but grossly misunderstood by most.  But are legal documents necessary?  More importantly, are they enough? Cut the Clutter, Gain Clarity For me, complicated legal documents are a necessity.  My legacy is critically important to me, and when my time is up, I will be leaving my assets IN TRUST. Thus, I’ll be providing my loved ones with access to their shares but have the assurance that the principal will remain protected from divorce, lawsuits, and bankruptcy and will ultimately pass to the next generation of my family. These

Myka Meier: Tech Manners & Etiquette For 2020

Should mobile devices be allowed at the dinner table at home or at a restaurant? I advise people put their phones on silent or vibrate and put them away during a meal. Unless it’s a working lunch over business, it can be seen as rude to be taking calls or checking your phone while someone else is dining across from you. If you are expecting an important call that may come through during the meal, I advise telling the person you are dining with at the beginning of the meal that it may come during your time together, and if it does, that you will only be a minute. Then, if the call comes through, you would excuse yourself and take the call away from the table. Is it proper for someone to answer their cell phone and engage in conversation in front of other people? Etiquette is simply about showing respect to those around you. I think it can be dependent on the situation, but in a social setting I think it’s best to put phones away or on

Rainbow Ryders – Hot Air Balloons

Taking flight to lofty heights gives the adventurer in all of us an exhilarating new perspective on our world.   In 1970, a young boy named Scott Appleman and his family moved from Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In February 1971, the very first world hot air balloon championships would take place in the city where he lived. The 12-year-old seventh-grader became incredibly curious over these hot air balloons that could reach heights of up to 3,000 feet. He decided to ditch his class one day and make his way to the event being held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Fascinated with these huge billowy balloons, he volunteered as a balloon chase crew member and went on his first ride. Captivated by his adventure into the sky, he was hooked. Little did he know this experience would launch him into an amazing career that would lead to world recognition. Winds of Change His family has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His father owned his own company, a plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical service company in Albuquerque.

Magic is Real: Richard Edward Turner

Through mind-bending card manipulation, a master dazzles and inspires audiences with what is seen and unseen. Magic is Real Richard Edward Turner is a magician whose life is truly an optical illusion. Turner, best known for his sensational card trick performances, began losing his vision when he was recovering from scarlet fever at the age of nine, causing irreversible detriment to his eyes. From the age of 9 to 45, he was legally blind and only able to see indiscernible shadows peripherally. After this he was completely blind. Watching his performance, you wouldn’t know that Turner’s greatest magic isn’t in the cards. Instead, it’s in how he overcomes his blindness, proving that magic isn’t only about what you can see, but what you can’t. Now You See Me, Now You Don’t Turner’s lack of eyesight isn’t the most magical part of his story. It’s how he inspires people to not let anything hold them back from their dreams. He assures people that his eyes didn’t get him to international acclaim, his heart did. “I don’t tell anyone I’m blind, but

Nasimo: Walls are His Canvas

His art bears witness to freedom of expression after the fall of communism on a scale so grand, even buildings can barely contain it. It was a time of great tumult as a revolutionary wave in the late 80s and early 90s marked the end of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. After the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria in 1989, a young artist took an interest in spray painting on walls. He would later be known as a pioneer of Eastern European graffiti art culture and become an icon of graffiti fine art in the Balkans. “Let’s go scribble on the walls,” said a young man. The year was 1994 when a young skateboarder left the theater and did just that. It was a clear night in Targovishte, Bulgaria, and Stanislav Trifinov, known as Nasimo, stood in front of a large wall, holding a can of spray paint. The sound of sirens began to blare, and everyone dispersed in every direction. “When it was my turn, I had not thought of anything yet. I took the can,

Jason Ramos: Smokejumper

The strenuous, burning and devoted life of one aerial firefighter, out of the plane and into the fire. The wall of flame was moving fast across the forest. It was 200 yards away and the noise was building. The fire growls before it devours, as if a pride of lions roared before a feast. The embers flickered through the air, lighting up spot fires ahead of the giant wall of heat leaving ashes in its wake. An out-of-control wildfire sounds like a freight train, most survivors say, expelling molten steam at infernal pressures. These men fighting it believe that once you hear that sound, it’s over. The expanding roar ripping out your ear drums and then becomes the least of your worries. “In a firestorm, nothing is safe: sand turns to glass, metal runs like water, wood and human beings vanish into ash.” – Jason Ramos Oxygen levels drop. The attack on the senses only worsens as the heat rises and your throat tightens and dries out. Every heat wave seems to spawn three more. A Risk Worth Taking Jason Ramos

Stephen Wiltshire: Remarkable Artist

Just a brief observation and entire cityscapes are drawn as finely detailed masterpieces — from memory. An Exceptional Talent Imagine flying over the world’s most memorable metropolitan cities, glimpsing the panorama below, imprinting the vision in your memory, and coming back to the studio to recreate in painstaking nuance, every detail, completely from memory. This is the innate talent of British artist, Stephen Wiltshire, now 45. Like the character Dustin Hoffman played in Barry Levinson’s 1988 film, Rainman, British artist Stephen Wiltshire possesses some extraordinary and inexplicable abilities. His remarkable artistic talent is linked to an equally remarkable and photographic memory.   Researchers postulate that unique wiring between the two hemispheres of the brain allow certain people to access reserves of creativity, unavailable to most of us. Wiltshire is one of those people.  His motto is: “Do the best you can and never stop.” The Early Years As a child, Wiltshire exhibited exceptional artistic abilities, even though he didn’t speak until the age of five, when he uttered his first word, “paper.” In school, he was fascinated with sketching images of wildlife,

Taylor Hagood: Gift Ideas for the Hard-to-Buy-For

The time of year has arrived when a great many people are buying gifts for friends and family. With one nephew aged five and another aged two, my bank account has a way of spinning like the dials on a slot machine until they all turn up apples. I have learned that there are creatures in the sea named Octonauts and creatures on land called the Paw Patrol, all of whom desperately need my business. And I am more than glad to oblige for as long as I can keep up. It occurs to me that it would be doing the readers of Throomers a service to provide some gift ideas, whether for the holiday season or for any other time when they are called for. Naturally, these ideas are for the people in your life who are most difficult to buy for (why would you need help with the others?). Having grown up in what, I have come to decide, was a unique household, I feel somewhat qualified to offer a few options. I have always harbored admiration for folks