Update On Getting You A Job


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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was interested in helping folks over 55 get a meaningful job, full or part time. By meaningful, I mean something that makes a difference in the company. 

I started to reach out to major companies: like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon,  etc. Sometimes, I am contacting the human relations/resources department, other times I know someone at a senior level. 

My pitch is that someone who is a little older will have the patience to get the job done. They wanted to know more. I made a list of reasons to hire someone 55-plus but my friend Gary Greenberg nailed it.  See below. If you have anything to add, let me know.

Hi Lois

“Below are my list of reasons why older workers are perfect to solve a corporate issue, staffing deficiency and difficult problems that are not getting the proper attention. 

In these situations a semi-retired senior executive or upper middle level manager could be perfect to be injected into the right situation on a temporary or interim basis and here are the 10 reasons why:

 In most cases:

 1) They want to re-enter the market in a part time or temporary basis which means they are more motivated to perform and less focused on higher pay

2) They  are not interested in out shining their boss or upsetting the hierarchy but rather in doing a good job so they are remember when the next assignment surfaces

3) They will work for less than expected as long as it is reasonable and respectable

4) Older workers are more punctual and more engaged then younger works as shown in a few studies

5) They bring experience and insight that far exceeds the younger managers who based on the purging of senior workings during the financial crisis rose very quickly to their current positions.

6) There is no need for fringe benefits as these workers will work as 1099 contractors

7) Once a company hires a few senior managers on a project or interim basis, they will quickly help find others via their personal network or on LinkedIn.

8) The level of sophistication on computers is quite good and in fact, older professionals spend less time than younger workers managing their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

9) Older workers are not career oriented but more concerned about the details and contributing to the overall success.

10) The older professional of today who is 65 has the energy and attitude of the 55 year old of the past.”

Gary Greenberg

Let me know if you have anything to add. I’m trying to change an attitude, industry by industry.

  Thank you  


The Genetic Reason Why We Travel All Over The World 


Buying art in Cuba

Every time Eliot and I go on a trip, I get some weird comments from friends. Most are happy for us and start to venture out on their own.. Yet others question why we are gallivanting all over the globe. They don’t like to travel and have no interest in immersing themselves in other cultures. 

I never really thought much about it until I read a story focusing on why people travel  in Bit of News, a website that is a clearinghouse for news, comments and analysis on technology,science, economy, politics, and culture. I don’t know if this article is correct but it was an interesting read.

It seems that several scientists discovered that people with the DRD4 gene, love  adventure, explore, and can’t sit still. They love journeys to faraway places and just enjoy new experiences. 

While I am particular about a clean guest  room, plenty of hot water, and excellent Internet service, I love going to foreign cities to see how other people live. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would travel so much, but we were lucky to find friends who have the travel bug. One encourages the other, and off we go.

Click here to read why your gene pool may determine if  you travel or stay home.


On a jeep ride in the Coffee Triangle of Columbia.


On a boat ride in Cinque Terre, Italy


Over looking Provence



The Art Of Eating And Drinking 

Everyone who knows me, knows I do not cook. I eat a lot, but I do not cook. I have no idea why I find  “the top 15 food apps” on Mashable so fascinating, but I do.  I think I find it very comforting to know that there are apps that could teach me a lot about cooking and good foods if I really wanted to learn. I find myself checking out each of the apps from time to time to see how difficult they would be to follow. None of them are.

1. Tinder for Food.  Tender curates food photos and corresponding recipes from all over the world. 

2. Off The Menu. Secret menu items from bars, cafes and restaurants in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada. 


 3. Kitchenbowl. The app allows users to share their recipes and bookmark favorites. Create collections to share for later use. 
4. Vivino Wine Scanner. Take a photo of a wine bottle or wine list to get the drink’s rating, and build a portfolio of favorite wines. 

5. Next Glass. Next Glass allows you to take a picture of the bottle or barcode in order to search for a specific drink. 

6. Happy Cow. Happy Cow app finds vegan and vegetarian restaurants around the world.

7. Mixology Drink & Cocktail Recipe. The Mixology Liquor Cabinet allows users to input the alcohol and mixers they have on hand in order to find a recipe. 

8. Roaming Hunger. The Roaming Hunger app allows users to locate food trucks nearby and find favorites with ease. Roaming Hunger tracks over 7,500 food truck vendors across the U.S. and Canada.

9. ChefsFeedChefsFeed is a popular food app that provides restaurant recommendations from top chefs around the country

Click here to learn about the balance of the apps.


Make A Commitment To Your “Uniqueness” For The Rest Of Your Life

If you only have one more hour left to your life, listen to this podcast. It will clear up a lot of questions you have had about your journey. If you want to really make a commitment to your “uniqueness”‘for the rest of your life, listen to this interview. There are overwhelming surprises sprinkled throughout.

Whitney was featured on the Unmistakable Creative podcast this week. Designing a More Self Aware Life.


There is a two minute commercial before the interview begins.


You’re In The Loop


This product makes so much sense that I’m surprised no one created it years ago. If you watch the video, you will meet Scott Rodwin, the inventor of The Loop. Rodwin, like many of us, just spent too much time trying to untangle his earbuds and other wires.

One day he became so frustrated, he decided to invent a solution. He says, because he is a professional architect, he was able to create what he feels is the best earbud organizer available today. The Loop is available in lots of popular colors and for $16.99 you get three of them. Rodwin also told me that they are developing newer models that offer more organizational features.

By the way, The Loop is both a consumer product and corporate/incentive product. The company is getting attention from businesses all over the United States who buy in bulk. They give The Loop to their staff as a sales reward and future customers as a promotional piece.

I think The Loop will be one of those products you carry with you everywhere.


I Would Fall Asleep Immediately

I have seen a lot of strange workstations in my career, but this is too much to believe. This is not a joke. I just can’t imagine having a professional conversation with someone literally lying down. What a hoot.

Altwork, a Sonoma Valley, Calif. startup, wants the workforce to be completely comfortable. The company has designed a workstation for “high-intensity” computer users: programmers, writers, etc. I first read about this on Mashable.

The Altwork Station features customized positions, all controllable by using buttons on the desk surface. Standing and sitting normally are the expected positions. Focus allows you to recline the chair to be completely horizontal. Altwork equipped the desk with magnets to keep the keyboard, mouse and other accessories in place.

Altwork’s website says, “The ability to seamlessly work in a variety of different positions will increase efficiency for those so-called  ‘high-intensity’ computer users.”

For those who love this concept, get ready to spend $3,900. That’s the  “early adopter” price, so act fast.


Heads Up

Image: Hudway

Here’s a sneak preview of what you might be looking at in the future. A glass company called Hudway, Marina Del Rey, California, hopes to be marketing a piece of glass that will turn your smartphone into a heads-up display on the front of your car. Let’s  hope you have a flat surface.

The reason why this is getting so much attention is because the display is placed exactly where your eyes actually meet the road. Common sense tell us that this is a much safer alternative than looking down to see your cell phone when driving.

The Hudway Kickstarter campaign explains that the device “beams information from your phone to a thin layer of curved glass mounted to the front of any dashboard for turn-by-turn navigation and phone message.” 

Hudway’s phone app supposedly lets you do things like text, tweet and even watch videos while behind the wheel. Yikes, videos? Please don’t do that

Hudway is trying to launch at $49. Hudway has raised almost $500,000 so it’s well on its way to becoming a reality. Click here to see the campaign. 

It’s Important For Someone To Get It Right

Click here to hear, Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the podcast I am talking about below.

I just finished listening to a podcast about Steve Jobs that perhaps was more personal and more interesting than anything I ever read about him in a book or saw on a screen. I stumbled upon “Ctrl-Walt -Delete” on Twitter and just spent the most enjoyable 49-minutes hearing Walt Mossberg, Founder of Re/code (recently acquired by VOX Media) and Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge, (also owned by Vox Media) detail why Jobs really changed culture, technology, retail, and entertainment, in ways few of us truly realize.

The focus of the podcast was their reaction to the movie, “Steve Jobs,” by Aaron Sorkin. Both journalists have great respect for Sorkin but say the movie did not represent the Jobs they knew. Jobs was close to Mossberg for years, and often called upon him for his opinion about new product introductions. That relationship morphed into a personal one, even though Mossberg knew and understood why Jobs befriended him in the first place. “I’m not a dope,” Mossberg stated during the podcast.

Mossberg believes if Sorkin wanted to write a fictionalize version of Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, he should have given the movie a different title. He refers to what Orson Wells did with Citizen Kane (1941) which took artistic liberties with the life of William Randolph Hearst.    

For Mossberg and Patel, the real injustice of the movie was that it didn’t really focus on the 14 years when Jobs came back to Apple. These are the years they refer to as “The maturing of Steve Jobs.” These are the most important years where he redefined the cell phone, the music player, the tablet, and the Mac computer. He did all this while he ran one of the most successful movie studios, Pixar, and created The Apple stores.

I could go on forever about this podcast but the best read blogs are the short ones. I really encourage you to listen to it because what they have to say about John Sculley, Bill Gates, Steven Balmer, Sorkin’s career, Jobs’ wife and children. They also describe the personal side of Jobs who they claim had the most magnetic personality on stage. It is truly a life lesson for all people starting their careers and for those who want to stay in the game.

The Great Escape 

In my estimation, the reason why Halloween is so popular is because it gives people the opportunity to dress up as someone else. It’s fun to see their choices.

Gadgets were everywhere tonight


We were on Lincoln Road tonight with a group of friends. We had dinner and watched the parade of characters walk by.  

Photos by Eliot Hess 




We took these photos before we left for the  evening.  
Mary, Whitney’s babysitter, emailed us her getup from Denver.