Category: Going Solo

Kindle version of The Bible

holy-bible-featuredIf you're over fifty and going it alone, you may find yourself turning to prayer. The first little while can be a bit stressful. You need to surround yourself with friends, family and lots of fun activities. For those of you who have a strong faith, sometimes bible passages and verses can offer inspiration. As in Proverbs 15:17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Crossway Bibles has a promotion through Amazon where you can download a free copy of the Holy Bible for the next 24-48 hours. There are two versions. One with cross references and one without. The one with cross references can be downloaded here and the version without cross references can be downloaded here.

Both books come equipped with an enhanced navigation feature. Kindle's index feature can be used to navigate directly to any verse. This feature is not supported on the Kindle 1 or any Kindle applications.

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Over fifty and alone? Learn Self-defence!

violenceWith violent crimes such as home invasions and swarmings increasing at a staggering rate, if you're over fifty and alone, it might not be a bad idea to learn some basic self-defence tactics. You never know when they might come in handy. And even if you never have to use it, the increased confidence you get may be enough to stave off potential confrontations that aren't as dangerous as they could have been.

It's understandable that a lot of people our age would object to the idea of learning some basic self-defence by proudly stating they abhor violence in any form and refuse to learn it on this principle. While I applaud your conviction, try telling it to the man who decides to take advantage of you in some dark parking lot. It may not be enough to make him change his mind from his original intentions.

tsp-ecoverThe Secret Power Of Simple Self-Defence Tactics is a practical guide to where and how to hit numerous pressure points on the human body. There are lots of pressure points and lots of way to strike them. You don't need to learn them all, but certainly a few of the more practical ones would help.

A little common sense goes a long ways too. For example, he mentions using a thumb-strike to the windpipe. A couple of problems I would see with this is:

  • you miss OR
  • you don't miss and crush his cartilage

I think a better way would be to form a Y with your hand; your thumb being one side of the Y and the four fingers being the other side. This would mean less chance you would miss, and next to no chance of killing your attacker. You want to disable him enough to be able to get out of the situation. You don't want to be responsible for killing anyone.

Another one of the pressure points is the attackers temple. Yes, the bones are weak at this point on the head, and a hammer-fist blow to this area could cause unconsciousness or if you severed the artery that runs through this area... even death. But to attempt this without being a trained fighter is not a good defence tactic. Chances are you could have your punch blocked, or you could miss (it is a small target) or you could damage your hand. When two hard objects collide -- something has to give.

The book is only 56 pages long. There are lots things it doesn't cover. It doesn't show you how to hold your hand for knife-hand-strikes or how to hold your hand for hammer-fist blows. So the best thing to do when reading this book is concentrate on soft areas of the body that you can hit hard. Soft areas give, hard areas don't; it will mean less chance of hurting yourself. And, at the same time, if you happen to have access to anything that could be used as a weapon, like an umbrella, briefcase, or a large rock on the ground, don't hesitate to use these things first.

I know, when I mention using an umbrella, that several TV sitcoms come to mind where you see some old lady beating off an attacker by hitting him over the head. But at the same time, it can be used effectively by using the point end to strike into the solar plexus, or if the attacker is close, by bringing it up forcefully under his legs or driving it down on top of his instep. Then, rather than stand there and break what's left of it over his back, it might be a good time to scream and run.

There is a lot of use information in the book. Click here to download it now. It's only free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion.

One of the best ideas presented is to not be afraid to strike first.

The person who is going to attack you is confident that you will be their victim. They aren't likely a trained fighter; just bigger and more powerful than you. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, there isn't any sense in waiting until they start the attack. Strike first. If you hit one of the pressure points as described in this book, there is a good chance it will give you enough time to remove yourself from the situation.

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How To Talk To Anyone

let-talk-featuredIf you're over fifty and recently single again, you need to get out and start meeting people. Funny about couples -- even when you're visiting friends, sometimes either the man or the woman will be the one who carries most of conversation, and sometimes the other partner gets used to not having to carry the ball in social situations and is only too happy to let their spouse do it. Of course, now that you're single again, if you were the quiet one, you have to learn how to do it yourself.

How To Talk To Anyone by Susan Jameson can help you learn to do it. The book is new and doesn't have any reviews yet, but it looks like it has some good solid advice. Chapter #1 talks about effective tools for communication, and chapter #2 gets right into "How to break the ice."

There are also sections for job interviews, dating, and public speaking. Plus there is more to it than this. But these two are pretty important. Often times we don't find ourselves in just one new situation. For example, if you moved away after your divorce, you could be looking for a job, or you may have forgotten how to ask someone for a date.

Here is what Susan says about it:

“How To Talk To Anyone” is jam-packed with very simple and easy to follow procedures which will help you develop strong conversation skills with people you know and people you don't know. This skill is meant to help you build lasting connections with people and feel at ease while doing it regardless of your knowledge of the subject or topic.

So if you want to learn the skills to not only break the ice but melt it away with your conversational skills, then “How To Talk To Anyone” is perfect for you!

The Kindle version of this book is being offered free today as part of an Amazon promotion. So if you need to improve your conversation skills, download it now by clicking here.

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Feeling fenced in?

fenced-in-featuredHow many times have  you heard the expression, "That's the way we have always done it. Don't re-invent the wheel." In some situations it may be good advice, but if you're over fifty and starting over, it's the worst advice. You have to find new ways to move on. It's easy to lay blame, but sometimes the biggest roadblock is ourselves.

When I was young boy, my parents had a small hobby farm. My mother loved ponies, so we had eighteen at one time. She was also a school teacher and loved children, so one summer she decided she would offer pony rides to children in a field by the edge of the road. And it was my brother's, and my job to help out. Sometimes we would have a number of cars stopping, and often times more than one child wanting a ride. So we would lead the ponies around a makeshift corral when the riders were little or inexperienced.

I remember it being a very warm summer. We had to make sure the ponies didn't get too hot, so off to the side of the main corral was a holding pen for the  ponies who were resting up and not on duty. Our place was about a half-mile away, so we couldn't put them in the barn to rest.

Not sure how old I was at this time. I might have been ten. I had quite a bit of experience at this age with ponies. As any rider knows, when it's time to go back home, a pony will often  run if you don't constrain them.  This made me wonder about the holding area we had for the ponies who were not serving rides. It certainly didn't seem like much of a barrier to them at all. It was a few fence posts stuck in the ground with a loop of rope stringing them together.  In a couple of places the rope was sagging, and probably didn't clear the ground more than a couple of feet.  It got me wondering why those ponies just didn't step over the rope and head for home.

During a short lull in riders that afternoon, I asked my mother about this observation.  She said the ponies didn't escape because they were fenced in. Of course I replied, that it wasn't much of a fence.  Why didn't they just step over it? She said it was because they were used to be fenced in and not being able to escape, so they didn't know they could.

The same thing happens to a lot of us. Barriers we see as insurmountable are fencing us in out of habit. Stepping over the rope can be likened to being caught outside of our comfort zone. Sometimes it takes a monumental event before we are driven to free ourselves. It doesn't have to be this way.

A Kindle  book that is free today on Amazon is called Tuning In to Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life. Joan Gregerson writes about personal growth, meditation, teaching and life. Her book is a series of 29 lessons that will help  you understand how our thoughts can hold us back. If you're afraid to step over that rope, and head home, this book will give you a fun way to transform your life.

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Over Fifty and Taking Simple Steps

steps-featuredEven if you're over fifty, it doesn't mean you can't start over. And people over fifty are at a prime age to do it, because they still have still have the next half of their lives, to do, or be whatever it is they want.

Cheryl L Maloney, author, publisher and radio talk show host, is the author of  Simple Steps for Real Life and she also hosts a talk show about it on Empower Radio. You can listen to one of her shows in the video below.

Starting over can be quite a daunting task, but it is not impossible if you break it down into simple and positive steps. What are you focused on when faced with Starting Over? Cheryl and Kenny discuss how when you are forced to start over the regrets keep you in the past, the fears keep you in the future and they both rob you of your present. Explore the opportunities that present themselves with each new start on this edition of Simple Steps Real Change.

If you have decided to go the rest of your life without a partner, or exploring this possibility, it doesn't have to be a quick decisive move. You can ease into it by taking it one simple step at a time.

The book has received many positive reviews. One reader, Stormy Raine says "If you've ever felt stuck on life's journey this book is for you. Cheryl shows you how life's dissapointments and heartbreaks can be, not only fuel for yor journey, but actually blessings in the making. By the time you' ve finished you will have the insights needed to turn any situation around and go forward with a healthy and happier outlook on life. This book is not too short, or too long, and contains a wealth of knowledge learned from many experiences in the life of the author. You will feel as though she's talking directly to your heart. I highly recommend this book. You will be glad you got it."

simple-steps-ebookSimple Steps for Real Life  is that gentle nudge you need to move past your past, learn to trust your own instincts or break out of a rut. Sometimes the smallest action can make a huge difference-and Simple Steps for Real Life will show you how! It's up to you to decide if you are ready to move forward. This is about you, your real life and your choice.

This book is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. So you might want to add it to your Kindle collection while you can.

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