Earthwatch Institute Brazil Adventure – The Pantanal in January

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The next Earthwatch Institute Brazil adventure was in the Pantanal. This is a huge wetlands area in southwestern Brazil and parts of Bolivia and Paraguay that is so flat it takes water four months to flow from the north to the south! It floods half of the year and dries out the second half. It is a wildlife paradise and one of the world’s “Great Places”! This Earthwatch Institute expedition … [Read more...]

Earthwatch Institute Adventures in Brazil – Atlantic Rainforest

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The weather looked fine when George and I joined Don Eaton, Earthwatch Institute research scientist, right after breakfast for a trip to a remote part of the Caetetus Reserve in the Atlantic rainforest near Galia, Brazil. We were planning to do a quick stream quality survey and fish census and return to the research station a little early for a special dinner because Earthwatch President Roger … [Read more...]

Save Your Retirement by Being a Conscious Consumer

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The largest part of retirement planning has been whether or not you saved enough to last for the rest of your life. There is a whole financial industry that has developed over the last fifty years to help you save and invest for your retirement life. If you spend much time reading about retirement on the Internet or other through other media, you will quickly learn that baby boomers are … [Read more...]

Poor Eating Habits that Lead to Extra Weight

If you ask people, most will say they eat healthy most of the time. In fact, most people do want to eat healthy. With that said, most of us have poor eating habits we’ve acquired over time. The good news is most people are selective on they bad habits, meaning they splurge and they do well. Look at the following scenarios to identify your poor eating habits. Stuffing at meals. People who … [Read more...]

New Seniors Redefine Leisure activities

It’s been an interesting week to observe the leisure activities of what I’ll refer to as the new seniors. You’ve heard repeatedly heard how baby boomers will redefine aging and retirement. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Last Sunday, a small group of us went jeeping. There were six cars. The youngest were in their fifties, but most were in their sixties or above. At one point, … [Read more...]

Financial Scams on the Elderly

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Of course, we believe it won’t ever happen to us. We are not going to be a financial victim. Did you know that over 7.3 million Americans over 65 have been financial fraud victims? Financial scams on the elderly is a serious problem and will escalate as baby boomers reach retirement age. The incident with Bernie Madoff taught us that anyone could be a victim. Many people have learned the … [Read more...]

Lack of Sleep Increases Brain Aging

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Are you one of those people who burns the candle at both ends? You’re busy living life and as a are result suffer from a lack of sleep. Many people believe sleep is a waste of time. In fact, sleep is an important factor in slowing brain aging. Researchers studied people over a period of five years to evaluate sleep patterns. At the end of the study, the results from the groups showed dramatic … [Read more...]

Add Value to Your Home

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Whether you want to sell your home now, are planning for the future, there are a few ways to add value to your home. Paint. The easiest and possible cheapest way to improve the appearance of your home is through paint, both inside and out. If you’re planning on selling your home, colors should be neutral that will appeal to the largest number of people. New Appliances. Nothing can be more … [Read more...]

Multigenerational Families Living Together Increase

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The recession has resulted in multigenerational families living together. There isn’t a typical family living together, but here are some statistics that show the new face of the modern household. As you might imagine, the financial situation has been a huge contributor to multigenerational families living together. In 2000, there were only 20.9 million households that were multigenerational. … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Cut Calories

We’re all looking for simple ways to cut calories, so we don’t starve or feel deprived. Most of us eat more than we need to. The trick is to fool the brain into thinking you are eating more than you actually are. Have you thought about the size of the plates you ate on when you were a kid? Most of us don’t give the size of plates and glasses much thought. But, in a super sized world, when … [Read more...]