Over forty reasons not to get married

40-reasons-featuredI'm sure if you're over fifty and alone again, you could quite possibly  think of lots of reasons to never get married again.  Did you ever consider writing down all of the reasons? Kate Papas did. In fact, she published a book titled Married or... merry: The International Greek Book of Marriage, or 40+1 Reasons Not to Get Married. It's a hilarious look at all of the reasons she can think of, why you should never marry. I realize, this comes a little too late for most of us, but you don't have to make the same mistake twice, like I did. I'm afraid I'm a slow learner. Although I do learn by mistakes... after I've made the same one a few times....

Kate asks, "What are the ingredients of a marriage? Pure love? Free sex? Nice home cooked food? Children playing around? Then, what about mother- in- laws, divorce, hatred and alimony? In my opinion, in Greece and all over the world, marriage is a mystery and -even worse -- 'the secret to a happy marriage remains a secret…'"

It isn't a fair world. If you ask some couples, who appear happily married, what their secret is, most times they can't tell you. Or if they know you and your situation, they like to go off on some philosophical rant that ends with you feeling like a fool. Maybe sometimes, it's better not to ask. But, if there was one consistent truth behind the whole ordeal, you would likely have to pay a high price for it. And of course, you pay to get married too.

One of the reasons she speaks can be likened to Siamese twins. Often one partner of the marriage will feel suffocated, and complain their partner is too clingy. Although funny to think of, it makes it hard for some couples to have outside interests; the clingy partner demands the presence of the other, at all times. Granted, some couples can learn to be happy this way, but other times it can lead to resentment. It's like eating chocolate. It's all sweet and good at first, but a steady diet of it will make you sick.

The Kindle version of the  book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. Click here to download it now and save yourself $7.99. I'm sure you will agree that once you have read through it, you will be appreciating your independence, even if newly found. And, if you have some additional great reasons for getting married, you're welcome to add them in the comments section below.

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Jay Leno: Gas pump prank

praqnk-featuredRan across this video that my friend Stephen Martin shared. We don't have advertising video screens above any of the gas pumping stations I've ever been to in Canada, but apparently they are fairly common in the U.S. The video below is reported to be a Jay Leno "Tonight Show" prank. Since this was posted online, it's become a viral hit. Watch the video below:

The couple is Will and Monifa Sims. They have become an Internet sensation since this video was published. MSN reports, 'the couple dipped into some impromptu karaoke with more charisma and musical talent than an episode of "American Idol.'"

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Help for the guitar playing forum

be-guitar-featuredIn case you missed it, my hobby is playing the guitar. And a lot of us, who are over fifty, take up new hobbies. Especially if we are newly single again and have extra time on their hands. I met a gentleman who didn't take up the guitar until he was over seventy, and by the end of the first year, to hear him play you would have thought he had been playing for years.

You also may have seen, the forum I have setup on this site for guitar players. There is, at the time of writing this article, 70 posts in the forum, and most of them are video tutorials. I think this makes it a pretty easy way to learn some new techniques and theory, but if you find you're struggling with some of this stuff, since most of it is for intermediate or advanced level guitar players, there is a Kindle book that is free today to help bring you up to speed, so you can get more out of the video tutorials in the forum.

The book is Guitar Scales Handbook: A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Book & Videos). The book is written by Damon Ferrante. He is a composer, guitarist, and music writer with 30 music books and scores in print. He has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US and Europe. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion.

The book is organized in a 100-lesson format that takes you step by step through scales, the notes on the guitar neck, intervals, and music theory. Each lesson builds on the next and the book is designed for beginners through advanced / virtuoso guitarists.

This New Edition includes 1 1/2 Hours of Free Streaming Videos! The video lessons cover  guitar technique, music theory, guitar licks and solos, how to play scales, Jam Tracks, and developing good practice goals.

Before you get too carried away with the modes, you should see post-1870. I think Steve Krenz gives a better explanation of modes, the best ones to use, and where to use them. But download the book now while it's free. Within the next day or so the price will be back up to $13.95. Mind you, if you have to pay for it later, the cost of the book is less than one guitar lesson you would pay for, if you had an instructor off-line.

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Marketing Your Local Business Online

om-featuredA lot of people over fifty who are recently divorced, separated, widowed... feel they need something to take up some extra time. They often decide to start a hobby that becomes a small business. It gives them something to do, and they can make some extra cash on the side. After a while, and they've made a few dollars, they start to think about how great it would be to start making even more money with it.

Typically, since it's a local business, they don't bother with online marketing. This is a mistake. If people want to find a business or service, they will look on the Internet much faster than they will pick up the phone book or yellow pages directory. If your business isn't  advertised online, you're committing your business to a slow death, unless you already have all the customers you will ever need... Very few of us have that...

It just isn't enough you stick up a webpage advert without promoting it. If you don't promote it, no one will see it. You need the search engines to pick up on it. I've found an Amazon Kindle eBook called Marketing Your Local Business Online: Key Strategies to Increasing Sales and Profit Using the Internet that walks you through all of the steps you will need to do, to make sure you can be found online. Once you implement these strategies, it will enable you to generate more leads, sales, and ultimately profit. If your goal is to make more money from your local business, then this book is a must-read.

Some of the things covered in this 130 page book include:

  • Building an effective website
  • Search engine marketing
  • Mobile marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Video marketing
  • Reputation management
  • and more!

Gone are the days of relying on print advertising as your only source of new customers. The Internet is now the #1 tool for consumers to find local businesses. Without a strong web presence, you are guaranteed to be losing business to your competitors. In this book, you will learn vital strategies to get your local business found online.

I was very impressed with this book. I was expecting a re-hash of the same old concepts and ideas that some of the online marketing gurus have been spouting for the last quarter-century. But that isn't the case. This book is jammed packed full with valuable information, and delivered without any filler or fluff. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this free offer, you can still pick up a copy for only $12.99 -- and it's worth every penny. Click here to download it now.

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How to make money on eBay

ebay-featuredIf you're over fifty, and lucky enough to be single, with some extra time on your hands, you could turn that spare time in a way to make some extra money. There are plenty of people using eBay these days to do this, and now there isn't any reason why you can't either.

Nick Vulich has been a power seller and top rated seller on eBay since 1999. During that time he has completed 29,439 transactions with a 99.9% feedback rating. He is a top 100 reviewer on eBay, and is the author of eBay Unleashed, A beginners guide to making money on eBay. In this book you'll learn:

1)      Decide what to sell

2)      How to set up your eBay sellers account

3)      How to set up your PayPal Account (so you can get paid - FAST)

4)      Step-by-step instructions how to list your first item on eBay

5)      Twenty-eight tips and tricks for powering up your selling

6)      How to ship your items

7)      How to research items so you can get the best price every time

8)      An introduction to customer service - eBay style

9)      and more...

Nick claims he got started buying and selling baseball cards, but you're certainly not limited to eBay. With Summer coming up, there will be tons of yard sales where all kinds of things can be found off-line and then sold on-line for a profit. You might start by looking around the house to see what you have stored away that you aren't using any longer. Old books, CD's, 8-track tapes, comics that your children have gotten tired of.... the list is endless.

Nick's book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. But if you miss this offer, you can still pick it up later for $12.99. Download it now while you can.

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