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      Why Effort is Overrated

      So, what do you do when all the preparation, all the planning and all the best intentions result in an old-fashioned butt-kicking?I coach a youth hockey team, and brother, did we get beat! So, as the "leader," it's up to me to pull a positive out from rubble. And how's this for a twist... More times than not, the "wisdom" I bestow upon them does just as much good for me! And it seems the things we...

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      Death of a Hero

      When you think back over your life, isn't it strange the things you remember? What is it that leaves seemingly trivial things so fresh in your mind, and other important events lost in the fog? Why do some things have a life-lasting impact and others don't? Do you remember the first autograph you ever got? I was just four years old but remember it like it was yesterday. My parents were going to...

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      Ten Ways to Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet!

      Happiness, health and prosperity to you in 2012! Don't you say that every year? I'm sure you mean it. I'm sure you're very sincere. But instead of just “wishing” it, would you be willing to help someone, or even help yourself increase the odds of achieving it? It's really very simple. All you have to do is stop being a passenger. Stop watching the days and years of your life roll by...

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      A Rock Legend's Legacy - Coasters' Carl Gardner

      On June 12, 2011, a legend of rock 'n roll passed away and nobody noticed. Carl Gardner who died at the age of 83 was one of the most unique characters in the history of rock. Yet, his name is mostly anonymous to listeners today, and that’s just wrong! As lead singer of the Coasters in the 1950s, his is the voice that propelled the iconic classics Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown and Poison Ivy...

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      Kids Those Days

      Here's a poem from one of my favorite entertainers. Trevor Strong is an author, musician and comedian. But mostly, he's a keen observer of life. He's part of the tremendously talented musical comedy group The Arrogant Worms. I've been a huge fan of theirs for 20 years! I think you'll love them too, so be sure to take a look at their site. Anyway, each week, Trevor creates what he calls a new...

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      Pole Vaulting Grandma

      Nobody has to tell me that I should be more active. Every study ever done confirms that if you hope to live longer and live better you simply need to keep moving. So why do I spend so many evenings riding the sofa? Sometimes I wonder if these amazing people we all meet here on Growing Bolder make things worse! I mean, I'm NEVER going to be anything like the amazing 70-year-old Sandy Scott! My...

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      Antique Radio Repair

      If you have a vintage radio or know anyone who does you're going to want to remember Dennis G. Williams. He is one of a very few people you can turn to for expert, full-time antique radio repair and restoration. He has four decades of experience at his craft and his business, Radio Relics has a reputation for quality, honesty and integrity that spreads clear across the country. The only thing more...

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      Reinvent Yourself

      Have you ever had one of those moments in life where you wake up and say, “I just can’t do this anymore”? Maybe it’s a relationship that just isn’t working. Or maybe it’s work that isn’t working. That’s what happened to me. 26 years, 8 months and 11 days after the first time I ever walked in to the WESH-TV studios in Orlando, I walked out. I kept thinking I must be nuts. After...

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      Warning: This Site Isn't What You Think

      Proceed with caution. I know what I'm talking about. I've done my research. I've been to nearly every 50-plus nook and cranny of cyberspace and let me tell you… This one is way out of the ordinary. Here are some of the reasons that stand out right away. It doesn't smell old: I've dug pretty deep into the site and I have yet to find the words "senior citizen". I did find the word "boomer" but...

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      One Gift You Must Get

      Have you read through the Thought Leaders column on the GB Home Page? The number of responses to our question was overwhelming. The answers are as diverse as the backgrounds of the people themselves. Be sure to read through them. But don’t forget about one gift you MUST get. This one is for you, but you’re family and friends will love it, too. Give yourself the gift of health. How do you do...

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