Ready To Retire

Are you ready to retire?

Ready To RetireHave you made a plan & implemented it so that you can safely retire?? Most people either plan themselves or use a financial advisor to plan it for them. The focus is on financial advise but retirement is much more than that. You need to look at the key things you will be doing, need during retirement. After all your retirement can be a long one of about 30 years and you need to be ready and focused as you implement your plan.  Read more


[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]Immigration Reform[/cryout-button-dark]

ImmigrationImmigration is such a broad topic that more than one blog is needed to address it. Immigration and the reform of it are both a political and a social issue. Political because all the politicians, in both parties, are using it for their own purposes. It is a social issue because we have about 20 million illegal aliens in this country & not a very good process to ensure we can deal with all of them in a rational way. Read more

New Year Resolutions

[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]What are your new Year’s resolutions?[/cryout-button-dark]

New Year ResolutionsThinking about my new year’s resolutions got me to really take a look at myself, what I have achieved during 2013 and what my life so far and see what I want to do in this new year. The reason new year’s resolutions are soon forgotten or not started at all is that we make a lot of promises that we are not willing or able to keep. Read more


100_0795[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]Advocating Your Cause[/cryout-button-dark]

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to advocate for your cause, favorite charity, church or group?? I have. There is this need in me to give back to this great country, community that has given so much to me and my family. This great country provided an opportunity to finish higher education, grow up safe, finish higher education, get married, have a family and make sure that all of them are just as lucky as I am. Read more


IMG_4758[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]Other Modes of Transportation[/cryout-button-dark] 

My hometown is very spread out and you really need a mode of transportation to reach the ends of town. It seems to me that everyone drives their car every place: commuting, kids to school, around town, errands, etc. The focus is on independence and driving your own vehicle. This is really an American way of life, a rite of passage; when you become sixteen, you get your driver’s license and expect to drive. Changing that driving mentality will be a tall order.  Read more


[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]Retirement, what does it mean to you?[/cryout-button-dark]

Brainard Marsh, Marion, MA

For me, retirement means been able to do the things I want to do. Activities such as: a part time job, pursuing a passion, picking-up a hobby, exercising, hiking/walking, spending time at the library, traveling to exotic locations, figuring what to do next, volunteering, and giving back to the community. Read more

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans day 2013As I was walking around town this morning, I passed a memorial to the veterans of foreign wars in Cos Cob, CT. I stopped and reflected there for a few minutes what this memorial means to the town, the veterans, the residents, my family and to me. The memorial is located close to the Cos Cob train station, across the street from the Holly House. Knowing it is Veteran’s Day, I stopped to reflect. Read more

First Name

If you had to switch your first name, what name would you choose and why?

© David Hartley

To me, the name represents strength, humility, survival and focus. The Apostle Saint John was a prime example of these qualities. One, the strength to survive all odds, to change the world, to defy the status quo. Read more