Archive for: December 2012

Starting Over at 50

Starting Over at 50
By David Stillwagon

Maybe it was just a few years ago that you thought that everything was going as planned, you were successful and even more importantly you were secure in your career. Things were great and nothing would change that. Of course in life things happen that aren't expected or wanted. 5 or 6 years ago the economy was doing fine due to the real estate boom. Unemployment was low and things were good. Then the real estate market bottomed out causing the rest of the economy to fall with it. The collateral damage was the loss of money in retirement funds and more importantly the loss of jobs. It wasn't only a few jobs lost it was millions and folks who felt secure before no long felt that way because they too were losing jobs. This can be particularly painful if you are older in the over 50 range. Now the future isn't so bright and you are wondering what it is going to be like starting over at 50.

What do you do first?

No one would blame you for feeling hurt and disgusted at the same time. You have worked hard all your life and you certainly didn't expect for this to happen. Like millions of other folks who lost their jobs you didn't deserve this but you will certainly have to deal with it in some way. Like most complicated problems or challenges the best first step is always to make a plan.

Maybe you aren't emotionally ready or financially able to retire right now so you have to go back to work. Unemployment benefits don't pay that much and they don't last that long either. And the last thing that you want to do is to dip into your life savings.

Most folks will try to get back into the business that they have previously worked for and that makes sense. If you have made any connections over the years now is the time to use them. Networking is always an important job hunting tool as well as a resume and cover letter. But today the most productive job search tool is the internet.

There are numerous job sites that list thousands of jobs, take your time and carefully look them over you might just find something there. Social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn are great ways to let people know that you are looking for work and it might be that a company would even find you there.

After a job loss and starting over at 50 this would be a great time to start out in a new direction. Why not do something that you always wanted to do. Take a chance of finding a job in a completely new area other than what you were in, or better yet consider starting your own business, be your own boss. It is definitely worth considering.

David Stillwagon blogs about age and employment issues like being unemployed and over fifty.

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And in case you missed it, I published an article on Nov 18th about the Best Home Businesses for People 50+. If you missed it, click here to read it now.


Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson’s Body Language Told The World

The Kindle version of this book is free today: Michael Jackson (Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson's Body Language Told The World)

A trained micro expressions reader with an extensive background in anatomy and physiology, author Craig-James Baxter has been sharing his knowledge and passion for body language for over 8 years.

In Behind The Mask: What Michael Jackson's Body Language Told The World - Craig-James Baxter's analysis of five infamous video interviews offers a fresh and compelling insight into the world of one of the most popular musicians the world has ever known and seeks to establish the truth behind the lurid allegations and rumors which followed Michael Jackson throughout his adult life.

The interviews covered in the book are:

  • 1993 Oprah Winfrey Interview.
  • 1993 Statement from Neverland Ranch.
  • 1996 Police interview.
  • 2003 Martin Bashir: Living with Michael Jackson.
  • 2003 Take Two: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (Martin Bashir Rebuttal Video).

Click here to download your copy

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Newtown, CT, December 14th, 2012

I'm at a loss for words...

I won't even watch television movies where a child is going to be hurt. I don't want to see it. Bad enough it's a fictional movie on TV without it happening in real life.

Yes, I'm talking about the tragedy in Newtown, CT, where so many children were killed in their school by a crazy gunman on December 14th, 2012.

To the right is a picture of one of the teachers. This is Victoria. She died a hero. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students.

I'm not a religious man. I suppose you could say I was agnostic. If there was a fair and just God.... I don't see how he could let something happen like this.

At this time, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. I can't imagine what some of you are going through.


Plagiarism and the student essay

I was reading through Twitter this morning when I came upon an interesting post by a young follower recommending a site for those who are late passing in their class essays. The site is, but of course this isn't the only one. There are lots of them, with more springing up almost daily. Some of these are free, and some of these sites offer paid for services. I thought I would give it a try, to see how easy it would be to come up with a fake paper.

It's very easy to use. You just type in a couple keywords and then what looks like a word processor springs up on the site with a title and sub title for the report. Then once you press enter, and hold down the space bar on your keyboard, the program writes out your report. I copied and pasted it into a Microsoft Word document. I had a well written 21 page report.

Of course this information has to come from someplace. I copied one sentence out of the document and copied and pasted it in Google and did a search.  I found the exact same document on

Plagiarism is a serious offence. Depending on the institute you can bet there will some form of severe discipline if a student gets caught. The high-school here says:

Plagiarism is considered a serious academic offense that may lead to loss of credit for that particular assignment and/or course.

Doing a search for punishments led me to some university websites where I discovered  the punishment can be worse.

If you're a parent or grandparent of a student and you have been asked to read over their paper before they hand it in, it wouldn't hurt to see if the document you're reading is an original.

There are tools for educators too, to use online to see if the text has been copied. Sometimes they aren't even needed. Teachers who know the student of whose paper they are grading, can tell if the style of writing has changed, which indicates a copied section. Or it might be that the paper is written in a level above the student's understanding. Sometimes all a teacher needs to do is keep the student after class for a few minutes to discuss the content of the essay and see if they have a good understanding of the concepts they have presented.

If you find your child or grandchild may be guilty of this, I'd like to direct you to an article written by Jeff Karon titled A Positive Solution for Plagiarism. Although the article is more for educators than parents, I like the idea of having a frank and open discussion with kids on exactly what it means to plagiarize someone's work, what the consequences could be, and how it might be better to avoid the temptation.


How to start a website in 2 hours without any coding

The Kindle version of the book, How to Make a Website or Blog with WordPress WITHOUT Coding, on your own domain, all in under 2 hours! is free today as a promotion on Amazon. The book has a lot of good information in it, and would help you start creating a money making website. The book is written by Mike Omar, who is an online marketer, so the book is choked full of some affiliate links. I suppose by offering the book for free, he's hoping to make some money on the backend by prompting you to click on some of his affiliate links.

Still, this is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who are 50+ and needing to setup a little website for a part-time business venture if you're semi-retired.

WordPress blogs aren't that hard to manage. I've setup a few for my web business clients. Even without being overly technically inclined they seem to do pretty well managing the blogs themselves. Of course, if they need help, I'm only an email or phone call away.

 Here are the topics covered in his book:


  • The SMARTEST and CHEAPEST way to buy a domain.
  • The SMARTEST and CHEAPEST way to buy a hosting package.
  • Linking your domain to your hosting account and installing WordPress.


  • An introduction to WordPress and best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) settings for your website.
  • How to add pages for regular websites.
  • How to add posts for blogs.
  • How to add pictures and links.
  • How to set up a sidebar using widgets.
  • How to change the look of your website with different themes.
  • How to add a contact form, plugins, and social media buttons.


  • How to install Google Analytics for tracking.
  • How to add "buy now" PayPal buttons.
  • How to add an interactive "Google Maps" map to your website.
  • How to set up a mailing list / newsletter (and best practices for doing so).
  • How to protect your website from hackers, malware, and other viruses.
  • Resources for e-commerce websites, doing keyword research, doing link building and SEO, affiliate marketing, membership websites, outsourcing, video recording, and more!


  • What are some of the most common methods for making money online?
  • What is the simplest way to make passive income online?
  • If I want to make money online, where do I start?
  • The Structure of a $1,000 per Month Passive Income Website.

This book will enable you to build a professional website on your own domain in less than a couple of hours AND teach you a skill set that will blow open your possibilities for entrepreneurship!

The book links to a number of video tutorials on YouTube that show you exactly how to go about some of these tasks. But he's a little vague on registering the domain name and setting up a hosting account. His directions for installing a WordPress blog certainly don't go into any great detail either. But.... some of us who are just soooo used to doing this sort of thing, often don't realize that people who would be interested in a beginners guide like this, probably need help with the basics too.

I'll tell you what! If you sign up for a domain name and hosting account by clicking here, all you need to do is send me the domain name, username and password to access your account, and I will install WordPress for free for you. This is a great chance for folks over 50+ to get started making a little extra cash. But if you're wanting to make money, please don't think this will make you an instant guru, and follow some of the advice in this free book. Like where it says:

Follow along the lessons in this ebook and start your very own website to play around with and start learning! Do you know what your very first website should be? A website advertising your new business: making websites for others!   In other words, once you have gone through this ebook entirely, you will be a qualified freelance web designer, since most websites will be within your ability to design!

You are not going to be a "freelance web designer" -- to be passable at it, it takes years of study. I know! I've been doing it for 15 years.

Still, all in all, the book does offer some good information. And since the Kindle version is free today, you might as well click here and grab a copy, if you have any interest at all in this topic.

And, if you have clicked this link to register your domain name and hosting account and want me to setup up your WordPress website for you, I might be able to offer a little more help....

I've mentioned before that under Hobbies in the Forums, we could have a new topic to discuss  websites. I don’t know how many people would be interested in it, but if you are, either email me or put a comment below and let me know. It could be a lot of fun, and I can guarantee you would learn something. If I get a number of requests to setup WordPress blogs for free, it would be better to have a forum to answer any questions you might have, rather than having to email each one of you the same answers to the same questions. You could check the forum first, to see if your question has been answered.

My free install WordPress offer is time limited and only available to those people who have clicked this link to register a domain name and hosting account. Think if this as a Merry Christmas gift to my readers.