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This review is from: Johnny Oops (Kindle Edition)
I went into this expecting a diary-type book about the trials and tribulations of a typical growing guy... something that has been "done to death" over the years, since Adrian Mole burst onto the scene many years ago.
... and yes, this WAS the trials and tribulations of a... well, a guy... but that is where any similarity ended.
Levine showed superb style throughout this book, especially with the humorous elements that make this book into the great read it is. There are more than enough twists and turns in this book to keep you reading. Everything from the characters to the places are written so consistently well, the story flows and rolls between superb bouts of apathy and frustration as Johnny paddles his way through life.
It's a while since I bought a book based on just wanting a good laugh, and Johnny Oops delivered on every level, and then a few I had never considered. I have to recommend this purely based on that fact.
The second book is already primed in my Kindle and will be taking a prominent role in my TBR list. So, if you are looking for a genuinely fun read, I recommend this whole-heartedly.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Perhaps the problem is that some of us have nothing worthwhile to think about any more. Maybe the difficulty is that we can find almost all the answers to our questions on Google, and there is no longer any need to think independently. Maybe it is because we think that natural supplements will exercise our brains for us without any effort on our part.
I’ve got a great idea, why don’t we invent a game that requires us to think independently again. Let’s start by agreeing to calculate our restaurant tips in our heads without benefit of pocket calculators by doubling the bill and placing a decimal point after the first digit as the tip. An example would be a $40 dining bill doubled would equal $80 or an $8.00 tip. Come on let’s be generous for a change. You can round off if you want.
Now that you have gotten the idea, how about you thinking up all the little daily actions you now do by computer or calculator that you could do in your head. That’s it; you are starting to think again. Isn’t it amazing, you are using your brain? Before you know it you will be remembering your home telephone number without benefit of speed dial. Be sure you have properly trained your brain before you try this last brain game. I wouldn’t want you calling you girlfriend or boyfriend by mistake when you meant to call your wife or your husband. If you are single it really doesn’t matter what you remember. The telephone number of the person you met in the bar last night is probably the hot line number for the IRS. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to play brain games.
I think that some of us in our fifties or sixties have a real advantage when trying to exercise our brains because this is the type of thing we had to do on a regular basis when we were younger, before speed dialing, Google and other mind numbing supports were available.
You remember the days when pulling out a pocket calculator to figure the tip on a dinner bill was considered a no, no, don’t you? We have real life experience training in handling situations like this with nothing but our faith and our own brains to rely on.
Maybe that’s why we are staying younger longer. Maybe that’s why we are part of the new middle-aged group. Maybe having a little more faith in our own abilities and in God, will provide us with the ultimate brain game.
Arthur Levine is a freelance writer of novels, articles, sales letters, and press releases who usually includes an element of faith in his writing. He specializes in marketing to people over fifty. He is the author of Johnny Oops, Johnny Oops 11 - Timeless and the soon to be released Sequin Boy and Cindy
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There are over 78 million Baby Boomers, and a lot of them are getting ready to start new careers as they enter a new stage in their lives and prepare to reenter the work force.
Many people in their forties, fifties and sixties plus who consider themselves part of the new middle aged group are searching for new careers where they can take advantage of their vast experience and prior successes.
Some have decided to start a second career because they need more money to fund the type of lifestyle they want to continue to enjoy.
Some have decided to start a new career because they feel good and just don’t want to retire.
Some like the sense of accomplishment that comes from working and being creative.
Whatever the reason, there is a large group of people who want to find something to do that can bring them income and or personal satisfaction, and the ability to work at home for as many hours as they wish.
One has to be careful because there are many scam artists out there looking to take advantage of this situation and hawking a variety of get rich quick schemes.
One rule of thumb to follow is if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If it promises instant riches with little or no work it is probably a phony.
There are, however, legitimate opportunities out there in the market place, that depending on your talents, interests, and background, might be worth pursing if you are interested in starting over.
The question is what can you expect when starting a new venture – probably the same type of thing you have been used to in the past in a new Internet based format.
You still have to answer the questions who wants to buy what I will be offering, and are there enough of them to make my venture profitable?
You will have to decide for yourself if the project you are considering offers you a really substantial money making opportunity, or if you are just going to be wasting your time and spinning your wheels.
Whatever you decide to do, please remember the words that God in His infinite wisdom may be whispering in your ear.
“You can do anything you set your mind to. All you need is faith in yourself and in Me.”
Arthur Levine is the author of numerous articles showing people how they can become constructive members of the new middle-aged group (people in their forties, fifties and sixties plus) and learn how to start over. To access his blog go to http://newmiddleagedgroup.blogspot.com
Monday, November 28, 2011
How people consider what part of the age spectrum they are in is changing rapidly as Baby Boomers start turning sixty. With the advent of new health initiatives and drugs, many people in their fifties, sixties, and even seventies faced with the prospect of living longer healthier lives no longer think of themselves as seniors. They consider themselves part of the new middle age – a group that in their minds spans from fifty to seventy-five plus.
Post Baby Boomers have little interest in full retirement. They want to continue to work, prosper and enjoy themselves. Many of them want a change in career. Their desires vary from wanting to be consultants to owning their own businesses. Some want to work less and have more leisure time. Others are more interested in doing something that they really want to do than how much of their time the new project occupies.
One reason they commonly give for wanting to continue to work is because they have faith that they can be effective. They feel good, have plenty of energy, and believe they have a valid, experience-based reason to be a productive part of our society.
Employers are not fully prepared for this new middle class, but those that are attempting to make the adjustment in corporate thinking are learning how valuable these new middle age employees can be. Many companies now prefer to hire older people on an outsourced, part time, consulting basis, finding their experience and level headed thinking makes them valuable additions to their workforce.
The new middle class is surprising corporate executives with their inquisitiveness and desire to learn new things. They are terrific consumers who know what they want and appreciate a good value. Contrary to current opinion they are likely to switch brands if they perceive a better value. They have a keen interest in health related issues.
This new middle age grouping has substantial funds to invest and to spend. Those interested in marketing to them should be aware that they tend to be interested in holistic, financial, and leisure products and have a short attention span.
They are more responsive to emotional rather than reasoned pitches, and are more prone to make their buying decisions based on instinct. It pays to get right to the point with them, while at the same time employing a soft sell.
This group doesn’t want to be pushed or feel like they are being hustled. Having a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either, that’s how they got to be part of the new middle aged. This group is not prepared to sit back and rely on Medicare and Social Security to protect them as they age.
Arthur Levine is a freelance writer of articles, blogs, sales letters, and press releases who usually
includes an element of faith in his writing. He specializes in marketing to people over fifty.