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courtesy dollarphoroclub a good cup of morning coffee
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Want to become the next big author?

  • Want to become the next big author? Tips and Quips.

  • Could you write your autobiography?

  • Are health-related websites good for your health?

Three questions for you this week, with some more information I hope will be of interest to you.

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Want to become the next big author?

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From Laurie Pawlik-Tienlen, writer and blogger, who writes Tips and Quips for Successful Writers:

‘These writing tips from famous authors will help you learn how to become a writer. After all, the first step to becoming a writer – to calling yourself a “real” writer – is defining what “real writer” means to you. And that’s what these writing tips and quips from famous authors are all about!’

Catch these Tips and Quips at:

theadventurouswriter.com

She continues:

‘To get the ball rolling, here’s one of my favourite quips and tips:

“What I did have, which others perhaps didn’t, was a capacity for sticking at it, which really is the point, not the talent at all. You have to stick at it.” ~ Doris Lessing.

There will be more on becoming the next big author next time.

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Are health-related websites good for your health?

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Last time, I drew your attention to a number of websites which have been accredited with the Information Standard for reliable information on health matters. The internet is an amazing source of information on health related matters, but it is also a place of misleading and downright wrong information for the unwary.

In addition to the 10 sites I posted to the Your Health page at

http://www.the60life.com , here are two more which are certified members of the Information Standard:

1.    At the National Electronic Library for Medicines, you can find out more about a particular drug which may have been prescribed for you by your doctor.

http://www.nelm.nhs.uk

2.    The second site is BootsWebMD , where in addition to lots of health advice for both men and women, you can access a sophisticated symptom checker giving an A-Z of health conditions.

http://www.webmd.boots.com

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Could You Write Your Autobiography?

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In case you missed this last topic time, here’s a writing project with a difference. Could you write your own autobiography?

This report from the website,  laterlife.com:

“Now you can receive expert guidance from published author Jackie Sherman who has been running “Writing your Autobiography” courses since 2008 and for the first time is offering a home-based course for Laterlife visitors with personal feedback at the end of every module.

  • Do you regret not knowing more about your parents or grandparents and don’t want your descendants to feel the same way?
  • Do you have stories in your head that you really want to share?
  • Have you been asked by family or friends to write your memoirs but keep putting it off?
  • Do you want to be a writer but don’t know what to write about, or wonder if you will be good enough?

Or

  • Do you know someone else who is always talking about their life but needs encouragement to put their story down on paper?”

You can check-out the home-based course at

laterlife.com

’til next time.


What you may not know about your health


  • What you may not know about your health
  • How to avoid losing your garden plants to disease
  • Could you write your autobiography?

This week we look at websites providing information on health and related matters. Are they any good? Well, although not infallible, below are three tips on testing the quality of the sites you are accessing.

We also look at a potential problem in the garden. Yes, we are looking at the spectre of disease spreading to our plants this year. Good simple gardening habits may chase this one away.

Ever thought of writing your autobiography? Oh, I see, only the famous qualify for a worthwhile level of readership? Do read on.

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What you may not know about your health

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What you may not know about your health, you may not find out on the internet. The internet is an amazing source of information on health related matters, but it is a place of misleading and downright wrong information for the unwary.

Apart from the erroneous stuff there can be presentation of information that, taken out of context and interpreted by the medically untrained, is utterly scary. So to avoid undue anxiety, you should at least follow the following three search tips:

1.    To identify the seriously informed and balanced treatment of content from the purely frightening and the commercially exploitative, look out for domain names that include endings like .org, .gov ,.edu , or.ac. These names indicate that the site is an academic one, perhaps run by a charity; and is probably a not -for-profit operation.

2.    Search for appropriate websites using words which will bring you a result that is nearest to what you are looking for specifically. For improved relevancy enclose your search words in inverted commas, and be as specific as possible, e.g. “rheumatoid arthritis”, rather than “arthritis” which will throw-up many  more results than you  need.

3.    Lastly, when you access a site look for the Information Standard mark which certifies its reliability.http://www.theinformationstandard.org

For a list of 10 health sites certified by the Information Standard go to the new Your Health page athttp://www.the60life.com/?page_id=579

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How to avoid losing your garden plants to disease

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Here are three tips to help keep your plants healthy and free of disease:

1. Don’t water from the top of the plants. Fungus loves moisture. If
you wet your leaves and stems, you’re just encouraging fungal growth.
It’s better to use a soaker hose so your plants aren’t getting wet.

2. Don’t water at night, especially if it’s humid. Watering at night
keeps things moist for longer. This might be ok if you live in the
desert, but it’s a bad thing if you live where it’s humid. As such
water during the day to give your plant leaves and stems a chance
to dry out. Doing so helps prevent fungal disease.

3. Do clean your tools. Some plant diseases are catchy, like a virus.
You can prevent the spread of disease by frequently cleaning your
tools (and even your shoes) as you tend to your garden.

For a fre.e Organic Gardening Academy e-course go tohttp://www.growingorganicnow.com

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Could You Write Your Autobiography?

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Here’s a writing project with a difference. Could you write your own autobiography?

From laterlife.com:

“Now you can receive expert guidance from published author Jackie Sherman who has been running “Writing your Autobiography” courses since 2008 and for the first time is offering a home-based course for Laterlife visitors with personal feedback at the end of every module.

  • Do you regret not knowing more about your parents or grandparents and don’t want your descendants to feel the same way?
  • Do you have stories in your head that you really want to share?
  • Have you been asked by family or friends to write your memoirs but keep putting it off?
  • Do you want to be a writer but don’t know what to write about, or wonder if you will be good enough?

Or

  • Do you know someone else who is always talking about their life but needs encouragement to put their story down on paper?”

You can check-out the home-based course at

http://www.laterlife.com/laterlife-writing-your-autobiography.htm

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, grab that e-course from The Organic Garden Academy which is available to you now, without charge, athttp://www.growingorganicnow.com

Back soon…

Do remember you can pick-up more regular tips and news athttp://the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,

The 60Life Weekly

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Why having a laugh can make you more creative

From Mike Paterson at The60LifeWeekly

15th January 2011

• Why having a laugh can make you more creative

• Where you can find much you need to know as a new or established writer

Hi,

I hope the New Year is going well with you.

As well as bringing to you a wide range of information covering many issues and content of particular, but not always exclusive, interest to the 60-lifer, I am reminded that writing, and learning more about writing, is important to you. This week, then I am looking at a handbook that should always be readily to hand on your bookshelf.

Another ready source of inspiration and guidance that we can access to follow our hobbies, sports, or business interests is the ubiquitous magazine or periodical. Yes, they do tend to be almost everywhere, in the library, newsagent, superstore, and doctor’s surgery for example, but do we actually read them critically as a source of valuable ideas and content? Many magazines have an online presence now which can give you a valuable insight into the printed publication, as well as good free information. More about my Magwatch coming soon in a later issue…

As for this week, let’s start with a laugh…

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As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Well now to the natural health benefits which can be attributed to a happy mood, we can add the benefit of greater creativity. Yes, it is now official: A Positive Mood Allows Your Brain to Think More Creatively.

Over the weekend, I caught a television programme in tribute to Ronnie Barker of the 70s/80s tv comedy show ” the two Ronnies.” The sketches – you can see the “Fork handles” sketch on youtube.com – were so funny and the word craft so skilful, I had to watch it all, and felt so much better for having done so. Apparently, watching funny films or video can create the right mood to enhance a person’s ability to be more creative. Ronnie Barker’s successful comedic career may prove the point. I believe he wrote most of the material used. His average working day, apart from being very productive, must have been a riot! He was very funny, and a very clever man.

“Generally, positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and flexible yet careful thinking,” says Ruby Nadler, a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario. She and colleagues Rahel Rabi and John Paul Minda carried out a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. For this study, Nadler and her colleagues looked at a particular kind of learning that is improved by creative thinking.

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Where you can find much you need to know as a writer
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For many years, I have bought the Writer’s Handbook published by Macmillan and edited by Barry Turner. This year is no exception. I am again the proud owner of a handy 786 pages just brimful of useful information; this 2011 edition includes articles on
• characterisation,
• writing children’s books,
• ghost writing,
• and what makes a successful writer, and much more…

There is something of interest for everyone. I also particularly like the access owning a copy of the Writer’s Handbook 2011 gives me to a dedicated website and searchable directory.
The Times rate this work: ’The book no writer should be without.’

Now, there are other excellent reference handbooks for writers, if you want to shop around. One such is the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2011

If you have been thank you for tuning-in! More soon…

Do remember you can pick-up more regular tips and news at http://the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly
mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk
If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column at http://www.the60life.com.

On becoming a published author…

. On becoming a published author Have you ever dreamed of holding your own book?
· Help yourself to a fr.ee instantly downloadable e-book about making money
· Season’s Greetings

Dear Reader,

As a regular reader of my weekly email service, you will know that I try to bring you useful information across a broad range in the health, and wealth categories, and in creative/business writing. This week, I have found a blog post by an internet marketer who is tickled pink and can’t resist telling you how easily you can get your writing project published and become, like him, a proud author.

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On becoming a published author

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Pat O’Bryan writes:

” Have you ever dreamed of holding your own book?

“I just published my fourth book, and let me tell you, the feeling you get from holding that book in your hands, seeing your name on the cover, and showing it to your family and friends…”

He explains how he got that book published, and how you can, too

Zip on over to: how to get your book published

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Help yourself to a fr.ee instantly downloadable e-book about making money

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Proud Pat O’Bryan (see above) has allowed me to let you have a copy of his book “Money from Anywhere”. This is a full-length book full of valuable knowledge and wisdom, which will soon cost $29 on Amazon.com to buy. He says, everyone likes gifts. This one is well worth taking by clicking the link below :

money from anywhere

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Season’s Greetings

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I am pleased to flag-up that I hope to launch the60life-talk forum early next year. This will be a place for you to join in discussions on a wide range of topics of interest and importance to 60-lifers.

So it now it just remains for me to thank you for your support for the 60lifeweekly which was only launched this year , and to wish you all the very best for a healthy and happy New Year

I look forward to you joining me throughout 2011 for an enjoyable , interesting ,and profitable year.

Do stay tuned-in! Above all stay warm!

Remember you can pick-up more tips and news at the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,

The 60Life Weekly

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Where Does Santa Claus Live?

The following is a seasonal piece written sometime around 1890. Hope you enjoy it.

“I fink Santa Claus lives way up in the noon”
(That was Anna’s opinion- aged four).
“So far,I’m af’aid he can’t come pretty soon-
Don’t you wis’ he was staying next door?”

“Pshaw! He lives just back of the toy shop in town”
(So said Willie, and he had turned nine);
“I see him most every time I go down-
How the things in his windows do shine!”

But Ethel, tall Ethel, had grown overwise
(“Fourteen years” has no need of a nurse);
She said, with a twinkle of fun in her eyes,
“Santa lives in our dear papa’s purse!”

Wide Awake, 1891

7 Tips to help keep you well this winter

11th November 2010

· 7 Tips to help keep you well this winter
· How to become a well paid writer with five minute writing
· Will you be ready when your energy bills hit the doormat early next year?

Hi,

How are we to face the shorter days of winter, the awful weather, and the inevitable colds and sniffles? A recent Daily Mail report looks at practical ways to help us stay well this winter.

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7 practical ways to help keep you well this winter
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· Your mother knew best how to keep the common cold at bay

· Beat the bug

· Don’t feel SAD. As the nights draw in, a fifth of us have the winter blues …advice from the SAD Association

· What you need to know about the flu jab

· Use a range of herbal remedies and plants as the best defence to colds

· Boost your immune system with the 10 foods that are so beneficial to your health they are known as ‘super foods’.

· Have a very healthy Christmas

Read more: daily mail/health/article

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How to become a well-paid writer

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Becoming a well paid writer could be a dream you’ve cherished for years but never quite got round to fulfilling. Five minute writing is a serious way to make money writing, as you can find out below…

FIVE MINUTES IS ALL IT TAKES…

…to phone a friend…peel potatoes for dinner…make a paper plane…perhaps collect the grandkids from school…or write a few words that could earn you anything from a plastic apron or ballpoint pen, to a dream house in the sun, a top of the range sports car, or a magnificent hoard of cash prizes and luxury goods!
You can easily enter the fascinating world of The Five Minute Writer where:

· Even if a few minutes a day is all you can spare, you can still be a well respected, and regularly published writer.

· No special skills are required, you definitely don’t need a computer or word processor, a desk or phone.

· You don’t have to spend years learning your craft.

· Five minute writers are in great demand all over the world.

Why is it so profitable? Why do so many people enjoy five minute writing?

You can find out the reasons why and, also why publishers (and other regular clients) need your work at the five minute writer

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Will you be ready to receive your energy bills when they hit the doormat next year?

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Winter draws on! It’s the big switch on: lights, fires, heaters, and electric blankets. Now is the time to benefit from a little forward planning in this burn-now-pay-later season.

According to The Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis:

“Many people on standard tariffs can currently save over £300 a year by switching to the cheapest online deals, plus get up to £30 cashback or a crate of wine for doing it.”

He says: “Switch NOW! Energy price HIKES are back – save £300…

And it’s no big deal: only price and customer service change; you get the same gas, electricity, pipes, meter & safety.”

He reports further that…”Scottish & Southern Energy (S&SE) has announced it’s hiking gas prices an average 9.4% on 1 Dec. Industry insiders now predict the other big six will follow soon, probably in the next few weeks if not by January at the latest…” Check the details out at the money saving expert

But do keep warm. Until next week.

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Discover what you can profitably and easily write in just five minutes

3rd November 2010

DISCOVER WHAT YOU CAN WRITE IN JUST FIVE MINUTES

FIVE MINUTES IS ALL IT TAKES…

…to phone a friend…peel potatoes for dinner…make a paper plane…perhaps collect the grandkids from school…or write a few words that could earn you anything from a plastic apron or ballpoint pen, to a dream house in the sun, a top of the range sports car, or a magnificent hoard of cash prizes and luxury goods!

Hi,
Last week I introduced you to the exciting and potentially profitable world of ‘Five Minute Writing’. I am now able to bring you the full fantastic report that could see you becoming a well paid Five Minute Writer. I urge you to read on.

Quite obviously you want to write and you’d like to be paid for your efforts! Becoming a well paid writer could be a dream you’ve cherished for years but never quite got round to fulfilling. But you like writing. So why have you left it so long?

Maybe you don’t know where to start, even though having time to write may be less of a problem for you now.

Of course, you need time. And, as everyone knows you’ll only make real money as a novelist or a playwright, as a writer of children’s books, regular columns, or by syndicating dozens of articles to hundreds of editors and publishers worldwide. Isn’t that how full-time writers normally earn their living?

Well, actually the answer is ‘No’, at least not exclusively. There are in fact many other ways to earn your living as a writer, not all of which bring real fame and fortune, but provide a steady income nonetheless, and few of which are anywhere as time-consuming and stressful as those listed earlier.

You are about to enter the fascinating world of The Five Minute Writer where:

· Even if a few minutes a day is all you can spare, you can still be a well respected, and regularly published writer.

· No special skills are required, you definitely don’t need a computer or word processor, a desk or phone.

· You don’t have to spend years learning your craft.

· Five minute writers are in great demand all over the world.

It may all come as a big surprise to you, or maybe you’ve never considered five minute writing as a serious way to make money from writing.

Why is it so profitable? Why do so many people enjoy five minute writing?

You can find out the reasons why and, also why publishers (and other regular clients) need your work. the five minute writer

Days from now you could be starting your new life as a five minute writer…or still wondering why it took so long to achieve your dream of becoming a well-published, well- paid writer.

I urge you, again, to check-out the full report here

the five minute writer

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column here at www.the60life.com.

Are you taking enough interest on your savings?

From Mike Paterson at The60LifeWeekly

28th October 2010

· Are you taking enough interest on your savings?

· Introducing you to Five Minute Writing

· A stretching exercise by Dr Art Brownstein

Hi,

The above question, for many of us who may be on fixed or reduced incomes, could perhaps be better expressed as: Are you taking enough interest in your savings? It seems many of us are resigned to receiving little or no interest on our savings deposited with financial institutions; or perhaps we don’t spend even a little time regularly checking if we can do any better…

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According to Which? , the consumer watchdog organisation, the banks are being rather shy about the interest rates they are giving to savers. A common rate is as little as 0.1% per annum, equivalent to just £1 interest for every £1,000 saved. Many savings account higher rates are offered for a limited period only, and on expiry of the introductory offer, revert automatically to the lowest rate, often without informing the saver that a new rate is being used to calculate interest payments. There is a call for greater transparency, and regular information to be given on statements about current rates for savers.

A clear message to savers is: be vigilant about the amount of interest you are receiving and, if necessary, vote with your feet for a higher (and fairer) rate.

At the Which? web site, you can use a free calculator to determine the best rate for you, and calculate what money you may be losing by not shifting your savings to a better rate.

Check out what Which? is calling The Great British Savings Scandal at The Great British Savings Scandal

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Introducing you to Five Minute Writing

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Five minutes is all it takes…to phone a friend…peel potatoes for dinner…pick the grandkids up from school…or write a few words that could earn you anything from a plastic apron or ballpoint pen ,to a dream house in the sun, a top-of-the-range car, or a magnificent hoard of cash prizes and luxury goods!

Becoming a well paid writer could be a dream you’ve cherished for years but never quite got round to fulfilling. So why have you left it so long to experience the thrill of being paid for something you really enjoy doing? Like writing!

So, do you only make money if you successfully write full length novels and plays? No, not exclusively ,there are in fact many other ways to earn your living as a writer, not all of which bring real fame and fortune, but provide a steady income nonetheless, and few of which are anywhere near as time-consuming and stressful as being a full-time novelist or playwright.

Five minute Writers are in great demand around the world, from paying clients, including editors and publishers,

Taking just minutes to produce, short written pieces can cover far more enjoyable and profitable writing projects than most people appreciate…projects covering everything from

· readers’ letters and fillers,
· mini-articles,
· puzzles and quizzes
· recipes and household hints
· photographs and cartoons
· greeting card verses
· competition slogans, and
· much, much more…

you can read more about five minute writing next week, and also at the60life.com

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A stretching exercise by Dr Brownstein

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On the NaturalNews website Dr. Art Brownstein writes: ” Back pain is twenty times more painful than other body pain, because these complex muscles are located so close to the spinal cord.” He reveals a natural exercise treatment you can try at home.

“1. Lie on your back. Very, very slowly bring your right knee in toward your chest, only as far as it feels comfortable.
2. With your hands on your shins, hold this position for 10 to 20 seconds.
3. Slowly release and gently let your leg down to a slow count of 5.
4. Repeat with the other leg.

Do this exercise 5-6 times in the morning before getting out of bed and again at bedtime.

Dr. Art Brownstein is a physician and author of Healing Back Pain Naturally. You can check-out more at Healing Back Pain Exercise

Don’t miss your next weekly issue!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column at the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

More creative writing tips for you

From Mike Paterson at The60LifeWeekly

21st October 2010

· More creative writing tips for you

· Could you profit from writing and publishing an e-book?
· This one’s for the guys: this simple test could save your life

Hi,

This week, the news in the UK is full of the Government’s announced spending cuts, and their likely impact on services, benefits, and employment… but last week, there was news that could be very good soon for men of a certain age…check it out…

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Occasionally, we have to look at the hard stuff: According to a report on the saga.co.uk website, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with new cases reported annually. Every year about 10,000 men die of the disease.

However, scientists may have found a way to create the first effective urine test for prostate cancer, reports the Nursing Times.

‘A protein called MSMB found in urine is present at a lower level in men who have the disease. Its level also seems to be influenced by how aggressive the cancer is.

‘Hayley Whitaker, from Cancer Research UK charity’s Cambridge Research Institute, where the study was carried out, said: “We looked in tissue and urine from over 350 men with and without prostate cancer to find out how much MSMB they had. We then looked to see who had the genetic change. It was really exciting to find out that the genetic change and the amount of protein were linked.’

“The protein is easy to detect because it is found in urine and would potentially be a very simple test to carry out on men to identify those most at risk of developing the disease.”

Look after yourselves. Check it out

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Michele Roberts as the Writer-in-Residence at Bookbite has a new blog on its website, providing writing tips. She was born in 1949, and has published 20 books of fiction, poetry and essays. Her novel ‘Daughters of the House’ won the WH Smith Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

You can now follow her tips on her blog at

more writing tips for you

This week on her blog she’s looking at: re-writing, re-discovering and working with the negative

more writing tips for you

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Did you know? Authors who started writing in their later years include Kenneth Grahame, who wrote’ The Wind in the Willows’ in his retirement, and Frank McCourt, who had ‘Angela’s Ashes’ published when he was 66.

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Don’t miss your next weekly issue!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column at the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at

http://mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

Read this and discover the ‘snowflake’ method of writing

· Read this to discover the Snowflake writing method.
· Is the BBC’s First Click service to encourage more people to go online for you?
· Could you profit from writing and publishing an e-book?

Hi,

As you are reading this email, you are unlikely to be a complete novice in the use of the internet, and your computer. You may, however, have a member of the family who is, or perhaps you could use a refresher on a number of basic online skills to encourage you to use the internet more… the BBC is currently running an ad campaign to promote its First Click service.

Today, I am also bringing you a fascinating writing methodology by a renowned fiction writer…and a home business opportunity.

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If you are looking for some forthright advice on writing fictional novels, then top US writer, Randy Ingermanson’s the person who can help. He says,’ Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction.

‘Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. There are a thousand different methods. The best one for you is the one that works for you.’

At his website, Randy invites you to share what works for him. He has had six novels published, and has won about a dozen awards for his writing. He teaches the craft of writing fiction all the time at writing conferences.’ One of my most popular lectures,’ he says, ‘is this one: How to write a novel using what I call the “Snowflake Method.”‘

You can check-out Randy ‘s ” Snowflake method” article, and many others on writing, at
advanced fiction.com>

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Is the BBC’s First Click of service to you, your family, or friends?

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This week, the BBC, in partnership with Race Online 2012, UK online centres, and the Post Office, launched an on-air marketing campaign in support of First Click -“a major new media literacy campaign aimed at encouraging more people to get online.”

The BBC reports that the purpose of the campaign is to engage with those who are not yet online and direct them to a dedicated freephone helpline to find a beginner’s computer course in their local area.

There is said to be an estimated 9.2 million people in the UK who have never used the internet.

For further information, and a great deal more go to:

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Don’t miss your next weekly issue!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column at the 60life.com>

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at

mikepaterson@the60life.co.uk

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

How you can find cash in the attic

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The60LifeWeekly

23rd September 2010

– How you can find cash in the attic
– Revealed 36 writing competitions to enter in 2011
– Water: are you getting enough?

Hi,

An often overlooked way to raise much needed cash is to sell stuff
you have been hoarding, or have left in long forgotten places at
home. So, should you remember the silver print autographed by
Laurel and Hardy which Uncle Arthur left you a long time ago, or
your Grandma’s 1907 Steiff teddy bear once cherished but now
languishing in the attic, what do you do? Should you sell? How much
are they worth? For modestly valued items realising value would in
the past be by’ trial and error’, selling through traditional
outlets: auctions, car boot sales, and so on. Now there is a cheap
way to establish value before taking action to sell, without even
having to leave your house. More below…

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How you can find your cash in the attic

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…there is now an online service where you can have your art and
antique treasures large and small appraised by a team of experts
who will provide, for the modest fee of £3.89 per item, a full
valuation report within 48 hours. The service is quick and easy to
use, and you can load-up to the site an image of your little ‘gem’,
or whatever.

The site as featured in the BBC ‘Dragon’s Den’ tv series is at
valuemystuffnow.com>

All the experts have worked at leading auction houses, including
Christies and Sothebys.
This looks to be also a useful service if you are thinking of
buying something. You could obtain an appraisal to aid your
decision.

Another, similar site, an American “money making resource” charging
$19.95 per valuation is at worthpoint.com

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Revealed 36 writing competitions to enter in 2011
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I have just read my October issue of Writing Magazine. Apart from
being full, as usual, of great articles with writing tips and
insights, it also includes a programme of writing competitions for
2011. If you are planning to write and need a focus for your
talents, you should look at this programme covering the rest of
this year and next. Some people find it helpful to strive for a
target like a prize, just to spur them into action and completion
of a writing project.

Editor of Writing Magazine, Jonathan Telfer, says:” But whatever
stage your writing is at , and whatever your genre- from flash
fiction and haiku to SF novels and screenplays- you’ll find
something to interest and inspire you in this special supplement
[to the October issue of Writing Magazine]”

This supplement contains the full details of writing competitions
for you to enter, from October 2010 to December 2011, with over
£372,549 in prize money to be won.

You visit the Writing Magazine site at
writingmagazine.co.uk

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Water: are you getting enough?
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The following brief report will probably amaze and startle you.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100%
of the dieters studied in a University study.

Lack of water is the No 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day
could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of
sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory,
trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer
screen or

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon
cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%,
and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

over50s.com/health

If you have, thank you for reading this far.

Don’t miss your next weekly issue!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can
be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column
at http://www.the60life.com.

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send
them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk – be great to hear from you!

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact,
detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held
responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement
whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

3 myths about building a career after 50

The60LifeWeekly

16th September 2010

• How to write a book and get it published
• 3 myths about building a career after 50
• Introducing over 5,000 tried and tested food recipes

Hi,

How the weeks fly by! This week, for those looking to write a book, I have found a source of interesting f.ree articles which you should find useful. And, continuing the theme from last time about starting a home business, I have also included below some tips from a general article on building a career after 50.

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How to write a book and get it published

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At writeandpublishyourbook.com the aim is to try to fulfil this ambitious title. You will find well written articles giving a wide range of tips and advice for writers – there is a review of a book: ‘HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL – 200 Classic mistakes and how to avoid them’!

http://www.writeandpublishyourbook.com

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3 myths about building a career after 50
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In an article at articlesnatch.com three common myths (or generalisations) about older employees are exposed. These are:
1. Older people have poor health
2. Older employees are ‘outdated’
3. Older people are way more expensive to employ
The article concludes :
‘There are simpler methods in starting new career after 50 where you don’t have to go through the agony of having to explain to a recruiter half your age how much you know, or convincing an employer that you are as fit as a pony. And that alternative would be to build your business from home. The best part is that you have all the ‘equipment’ you need to make a home based company work.’
The 3 truths given are:
‘1. You have the experience and the experience to make claims that you are an authority in the field, and that’s something that no amount of technological knowledge will ever replace as you are starting new career after 50.
2. You have been around long enough to know the terrain, and particularly how people in your field of specialty work and act. You also possibly know lots of resources or leads that others don’t. Add that to an already existing client or customer base from all of your years of tough work, and the sole hurdle left for you is to convert all of these potentials into something which will work for your benefit.
3. Web businesses are very inexpensive to start up, which make them ideal if you’re starting new career after 50. If you want to be a service supplier, all you want is an internet site or a blog page, or even just signing up with one of those online directories. If you are more of a product salesman, you can affiliate or partner up with a longtime business till you make enough cash to go on your own.’
To read more check out : http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Starting-New-Career-After-50–It-s-Never-Too-Late-/1428422#ixzz0ywjMULcs

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Introducing over 5,000 tried and tested food recipes
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It seems we can’t get enough of food recipes and cooking related information which together often pass for entertainment content: newspapers, magazines day and evening-time television programmes provide a constant diet.

But of course the utility of it all, if it feeds us, introduces us to a wide variety of foodstuffs and cooking styles and, with an eye to more healthy eating, enables us to be self sufficient in the kitchen, then good job done! So in this strongly represented area of our lives , I add, with only light apology, another source of easy research providing over 5,000 tried and tested recipes for you to research and try for yourself.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/searchAZ.do

I’m going to try the Mail’s recipe choice for yesterday: Chicken, potato and green bean curry – a mild, creamy curry, low in fat, and serves 4 people. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search.do?keywords=chicken+potato+and+green+bean+curry&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&filterItem=&x=20&y=12

If you have, thank you for reading this far.

Don’t miss your next weekly issue!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly – these can be found by scrolling down the categories in the right hand column at http://www.the60life.com.

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk – be great to hear from you!

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

Where to find advice worth far more than £1000 for nothing

The60LifeWeekly

2nd September 2010

· How to boost your energy levels naturally
· Discover 10 Top Tips for short story writing
· Where to find advice worth far more than £1000 for nothing

Hi,

This week, where I live, many parents and grandparents are seeing their kids into full time school for the very first time. We have one of our own, a grandson…but let’s get on with the topics for the week: a look at short story writing; keeping those energy levels up; and easy ways to save some cash…

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Discover 10 Top Tips for short story writing
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Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz)
What is a Short Story?
‘A short story begins as close to the conclusion as possible, and grabs the reader from the very first line. It conserves character and scenes, typically focuses on just one problem, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation.’ (Kathy Kennedy and Dennis G. Jerz)

1. Get Started: Emergency Tips
2. Write a Catchy First Paragraph
3. Develop Your Characters
4. Choose a Point of View
5. Write Meaningful Dialogue
6. Use Setting and Context
7. Set up the Plot
8. Create Conflict and Tension
9. Build to a Crisis or a Climax
10. Deliver a Resolution
These tips are expanded in a report at http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative/shortstory/

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How to boost your energy levels naturally
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Boost your energy with food by Lynn Grieger, R.D., C.D.E. If you can’t function in the morning without gallons of coffee and you run out of gas every afternoon, then this energy-boosting food plan is for you.

With this diet plan, instead of relying on caffeine or a trip to the vending machine for a fleeting burst of artificial energy, you choose healthy foods to rev up your engine. Here’s how the Energy Booster Diet will keep you energised all day long:

Breakfast
Option 1
Plain fat-free yoghurt with low-sugar muesli and mixed fresh berries
Small glass of orange juice

Option 2
2-egg omelette made with low-fat cheese, chopped veggies and low-fat ham or turkey
1 slice wholegrain toast topped with fruit spread
Small cup grapefruit juice

Option 3
Shredded wheat cereal with skimmed milk and a banana
1 slice wholewheat toast with peanut butter
Small glass tomato juice

Points to note for the rest of the day:

•’The right combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat eaten at regular intervals will help keep energy levels high. This diet includes balanced meals designed to boost your energy throughout the day
•Eating healthy snacks will help keep your blood-sugar levels even so that you don’t have energy ‘highs’ and ‘lows’. This meal plan includes tasty food suggestions to eat every three to four hours to keep your energy level from falling
•Not drinking enough liquids can cause you to feel fatigued due to dehydration. That’s why this diet includes fruit juices and skimmed milk with every meal choice, rather than ultra-sugary sodas or sweetened beverages that can cause energy lows
•Eating fried or fatty foods can make you feel sluggish. This food plan emphasises natural, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables that won’t slow you down. ‘

Read more: Boost your energy with food http://www.ivillage.co.uk/health/hlive/eat/articles/0,,181039_532821,00.html#ixzz0yGd7pUFw

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Where to find advice worth far more than £1000 for nothing
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What does it take to waste £5,000 (say, $10,000) a year? Just £13.50 per day

The 5 Most Common Money Mistakes, according to goodhousekeeping.com are :

1.In rocky times, you can’t afford to play fast, loose, and clueless with your finances.
Minor money gaffes can add up to thousands of lost dollars (or pounds) over time. Avoid the five most common money mistakes, and you could add more than £5,000 to your savings this year.

It is not just the discretionary spending on the odd luxury- we do not intend in this service to be ‘killjoys’, there will be times for treating ourselves. Two-for-one deals, even in discount stores, and the occasional frapuccino can do real damage to your bottom line.

2. If you are still in employment and you are not taking advantage of your employer’s pension plan, you [could be] throwing money away.

3. Allowing your kids(or grandkids) their endless wish lists when you are out shopping. Adopt a ‘distract and delay’ tactic. This can mean fewer snacks, and less spend.

4. Spending and not saving every windfall: A tax rebate, birthday money present, an income raise.

5. You should not underestimate the contribution you or a partner make towards the household budget. It may pay to ensure that you are adequately (but not excessively) covered by appropriate insurance cover against those potentially costly events in life.

For the full information on the above check out
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/money/budget/common-money-mistakes-5

I do hope you find the above information useful. The final topic this week is not ‘rocket science’, but reminds me, for instance, how I can fritter away small amounts of cash on’ this and that’,when perhaps I could be saving an appreciable amount over, say, a year to put towards something substantially more beneficial.

Don’t miss your next issue on 9th September!

If you have missed earlier issues of The60Life Weekly, these can be found at www.the60life.com

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding

Why creative writing is all about ideas

The60LifeWeekly

26th August 2010

• Creative writing is all about ideas
• The fruit that may act as your brain’s natural housekeeper
• Dealing with the silence of the autodialers in our homes

Hi,

Recent feedback tells me that 60lifers out there are interested in more information about writing: both fiction and non-fiction; health issues including nutrition and appropriate exercise; and money management and related issues. So, I shall be including over the next few weeks what I can find on creative and non-fictional writing, and the other topic categories.

Below, please find three more topics for the week…

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Creative writing is all about ideas
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According to UK writer, Nick Daws :
‘Being a creative writer is all about ideas. Readers and potential writers are always asking successful and creative authors the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” – to which the writers often stumble in reply, or have no real answer. It’s an unsatisfying transaction every time – so why is it that writers can’t say where they get their ideas from? I think it’s partly because they don’t really know, and partly because the way they collect ideas is individual to them, and so any answer they gave would be no use to the asker of the question…

… in one of [Terry Pratchett’s ] books I noticed he postulated the theory in an aside that ideas were like rain. Great thinkers and writers stood out in it and caught as many ideas as they could, while non-writers and non-thinkers sheltered from it. A lovely thought – simple, beautiful and very Terry.’

Check out more of this fascinating insight at mywritingblog.com
Nick Daws’ blog is worth a regular visit if you are truly interested in writing.

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When improving your fitness by stretching need not over stretch your pocket
If you have been trying for years to overcome painful back and joints and have been doing the wrong back and joint strengthening exercises then you need to try the exercises in this ebook.
Pilates is not just for movie stars who want to keep their firm and toned figures.
Pilates is for people at every age who want to look and feel their best!
You are about to learn the exercises that the author has been experimenting and testing on her own clients for over 10 years.
These back and joint exercises have been found to be most beneficial in relieving back and joint pain from activities of daily living, or even from degenerative conditions in the spine and from arthritis.
The new revised edition offers you 30 more detailed pictures and modifications on the Classic Exercises along with Pilates Principles and Standing Posture and Balance Exercises.
The author wrote this ebook to help improve the lives of countless people who are suffering.
CLICK HERE NOW!
pilates-ebook

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The fruit that may act as your brain’s natural housekeeper
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According to Medical News Today :
‘Scientists have reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way. Their study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., who presented the report, said previous research suggested that one factor involved in aging is a steady decline in the body’s ability to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage.’

medical news today

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Dealing with the silence of the autodialers in our homes
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Britons receive six cold calls a month, finds Which? studyScams, sales pitches and ‘silence of the autodiallers’ all intimidate consumers
(1)Tweet this (22)Press Association
The Guardian, Thursday 26 August 2010 Article historyBritish consumers receive an average of six cold calls a month, a survey has found.

The study by Which? found that many of the calls are scams, but big industry is “just as guilty” of using the tactic.

A two-week diary kept by Which? members found British Gas, BT, EDF, E.ON, Homeserve, Sky and TalkTalk were among those who cold-called the most often.

The consumer group’s survey of 2,092 people found two thirds had received at least one cold call in the past three months, and the average was around six calls a month.

One in four people had found such calls intimidating and one in five had felt pressured to buy something.

The diary-keepers found that four in 10 calls were sales calls, which are legal if the householder has not taken action to prevent them.

Another 32% were silent calls, when “autodiallers” phone multiple numbers but do not have enough staff to speak to those who answer.

Among those surveyed, 75% wanted the calls banned and 60% said they immediately hung up on cold-callers.

guardian.co.uk/money/2010/aug/26/six-cold-calls-monthly-survey

I hope you find the above information useful. I’m going to follow Nick Daws’ blog .
Coming-up in the next issue will be three more items, giving news and tips about things that concern us.

Don’t miss your next issue on 2nd September!

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk
PPS: If you have missed earlier issues of The 60Life Weekly these can be found in the archives at
the60life.com

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

Discover why creative writing is for everyone

The60LifeWeekly

19th August 2010

· The essential vitamin that can both prevent and cure cancer

· Discover why creative writing is for everyone

· Are you losing money to an unnoticed waster in your home?

Hi

This week, I was reminded of my childhood when I learned that the longest serving actor in the long running radio soap, ‘The Archers’, is June Spencer who has played Peggy Archer (later Woolley) for 60 years! I sneaked in a post about her this week at
www.the60life.com

Below, please find three more topics for the week…

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Are you losing money to an unnoticed waster in your home?
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Saving Money and Energy in the Home with Efficient Appliances
MoneyHighStreet Staff report that:
For too many homeowners today, inefficient appliances are robbing them of hard earned money while wasting valuable energy. Refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers account for the bulk of these energy costs, with fridges being the most prolific. A fridge freezer must work all day, every day and that can mean huge costs for those people who aren’t buying the right appliances or using those appliances correctly.
Are you leaving money in your fridge?
Is your fridge costing up to two-thirds more to run than it should?
You may find the answer here:
moneyhighstreet.com

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When improving your fitness by stretching need not over stretch your pocket
If you have been trying for years to overcome painful back and joints and have been doing the wrong back and joint strengthening exercises then you need to try the exercises in this ebook.
Pilates is not just for movie stars who want to keep their firm and toned figures.
Pilates is for people at every age who want to look and feel their best!
You are about to learn the exercises that the author has been experimenting and testing on her own clients for over 10 years.
These back and joint exercises have been found to be most beneficial in relieving back and joint pain from activities of daily living, or even from degenerative conditions in the spine and from arthritis.
The new revised edition offers you 30 more detailed pictures and modifications on the Classic Exercises along with Pilates Principles and Standing Posture and Balance Exercises.

The author wrote this ebook to help improve the lives of countless people who are suffering.

CLICK HERE NOW! for pilates-ebook

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The essential vitamin that can both prevent and cure cancer

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NaturalNews reports that:

‘half century ago, Linus Pauling began his pioneering research into how vitamin C impacts health (http://www.naturalnews.com/025802.html). Now, almost 25 years after Pauling’s death, a new study backs up his contention that vitamin C has remarkable healing and protective benefits. In fact, now scientists have discovered how vitamin C may put the brakes on the growth of cancer cells.

‘Margreet Vissers, associate professor at the University of Otago’s Free Radical Research Group in New Zealand, headed the study which was just published in the journal Cancer Research. “Our results offer a promising and simple intervention to help in our fight against cancer, at the level of both prevention and cure,” Dr.Vissers said in a statement to the press.”‘

Her research team’s findings suggested vitamin C can help in both the prevention and treatment of cancer, and it was of importance in keeping cells healthy. The research suggested that’ vitamin C might be able to limit diseases such as cancer that involve cells that go haywire. In the case of a malignancy, for example, cells have unregulated growth.’

www.naturalnews.com/029434_vitamin_C_cancer.html

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Discover why creative writing is for everyone
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This week I’ve found a real ‘gem’ of a site, chock-full of information and resources for the creative writer. The site introduces itself in this way:

‘There are literally millions of aspiring writers in every corner of the globe, all of whom are seeking to discover innovative ways to unlock their personal creativity and free the stories they yearn to pen. Yet so many of these would-be literary artists are stopped by overwhelming questions-How do I get started? Where can I find the inspiration? Am I really good enough to write?

‘At Scribblepad, our primary goal is to help adults (and older children and teens, too!) find and release their inner voices. From prose to poetry, Scribblepad’s expertly researched and authored features and articles give readers immediately implementable hints, practical advice and proven methods.’

www.scribblepad.co.uk

I hope you find the above full information useful.
Coming-up in the next issue will be three more items, giving more health and wealth related news and tips.

Don’t miss your next issue on 26th August!

Yours ,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: If you have your own stories, tips, or feedback please send them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk

PPS: If you have missed earlier issues of The 60Life Weekly these can be found in the archives at
http://www.the60life.com

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

How to stretch your way to fitness

The60LifeWeekly

29th July 2010

• Save money with this summer holiday offer only open until the end
of August

• Discover a world of writing for pleasure and profit

• How you can stretch your way to fitness

Hi

I’m spending a wonderful few days break surrounded by the
spectacularly beautiful scenery of North Wales in the UK. So where
exactly am I? If you would like to you can check it out here at
http://www.porthtocynhotel.co.uk
For my headlined summer holiday offers find for this week, though,
please see below – I have absolutely no affiliation with
these holiday opportunities, or the one above, and therefore
receive no payment or commission of any kind.

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Save money with late summer holiday offers
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• You can access a number of exciting offers for a late summer
booking.
Last minute deals
Guardian.co.uk posts its editor’s picks:
“We trawl through hundreds of deals from tour operators and hotels
each day to bring you the pick of the best offers
around.Guardian.co.uk receives no payment or commission of any kind
from the operators listed”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/lateoffers
Or maybe you would particularly like to travel in Ireland :

From Discover Ireland:
“Here in Ireland we believe in rewarding maturity and experience so
we’ve worked hard to bring together amazing deals throughout the
island of Ireland so Silver Surfers can put together an ultimate
summer package that won’t break the bank. Even better – you don’t
need to travel with another person over the age of 66 to take
advantage. Our 2-for-1 and reduced rate accommodation offers
require only one Silver Surfer between two, and if you want to go
self-catering then you only need one pass for the whole property.
And this summer you can travel by rail in the Republic of Ireland
and Northern Ireland for free if you are over 66 – it’s called the
Golden Trekker.

These super summer savings are only valid from 17th May to 31st
August, so don’t miss out! All you have to do is surf through our
offers, download your Silver Surfer Summer Savings Pass and, most
importantly, remember you’re never too old to have the experience
of your life!”

http://www.discoverireland.com/gb/campaigns/silver-surfers
.

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Discover a world of writing for pleasure
and profit
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For excellent writing resources, providing tips, guidance and
inspiration you can subscribe to leading magazines (or perhaps read
in a public library) like Writing Magazine or Writers Forum. The
latter publication welcomes readers to its site thus:
‘Each month Writers’ Forum helps thousands of new and aspiring
writers to achieve their dreams. It’s packed with up-to-date market
information, advice from experts in the publishing industry and
inspiring stories and tips from fellow authors and writers.
We also feature interactive reader workshops in fiction, poetry,
children’s books and self-publishing, so you can see at first -hand
how to improve and successfully target your own writing.’
http://www.writers-forum.com
There is a vast amount of information on this site as well as
http://www.writingmagazine.co.uk

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How you can stretch your way to fitness
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At the pilatesguide.co.uk a forum member asks:
‘Am I too old to do Pilates?
I am a 63 year old woman and want to start a Pilates class but I am
worried that I am too old and that I could injure myself
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Answer from Brenda Phillips, Cheltenham:
You can never be too old to do Pilates. If you feel fit enough you
can do it at any age. The beauty of Pilates is that all the
exercises can be adapted to meet the specific needs of each
individual which means it can be tailored for you no matter what
age you are. Pilates can be adapted to make it less strenuous and
gentler so it will suit any ability. A lot of older people are
turning to Pilates to keep themselves suppler and fitter. Pilates
is known to help prevent age related conditions such as
osteoporosis.
http://www.pilatesguide.co.uk/answers/8.html
and for more health benefits check out:
http://www.naturalnews.com/pilates.html
Coming-up in the next issue, news and tips about:
• more good reasons if needed to include regular cycling in your
life
• looking at ‘home’ business opportunities (‘biz opps’)
• 4 easy steps to a richer life

and soon, we’re looking at personal computing: problems and remedies

Don’t miss your next issue by email on 5th August.

Yours ,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: If you have your own stories, tips, or feedback please send
them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk
PPS: If you have missed earlier issues of The 60Life Weekly these
can be found in the archives at
http://www.the60life.com

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in
fact,detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held
responsible for any error in details ,accuracy or judgement
whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

It’s not too late to think about your financial security

The60LifeWeekly

 

22nd July 2010

  • Is there a writing bug, and do you have it?

 

  • It’s never too late to think of financial security

 

  • Gas and electricity prices: who has the real deal?

 

Hi

This week, I have assumed that, as you clicked through to join the 60life weekly group, and also to obtain my free e-book, that one of our shared interests over time will be writing. Below is a very useful resource I have found for you…

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 Is there a writing bug, and do you have it?

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…Although I do not know your level of interest in, or experience of, writing, my intention in drawing your attention to the link below is to provide a link to an excellent new introductory resource which I hope many looking to take-up writing again, possibly for the very first time, (and an interest in books) will find very useful.

Booktrust  : ” Creative writing can be something very private. From jotting down your thoughts in a diary to composing a love letter, or writing something for the world to see: setting up a blog or even writing your own biography or novel.

All you need is a pen, some paper and a small bit of inspiration…

…Independent reading charity Booktrust [has launched] its first project aimed at engaging over 60s in reading and creative writing. Bookbite,[ launched on 8th February], is designed to “encourage those who rarely or never read books to engage more in reading and writing for pleasure, using the internet to access additional resources where and when possible”.

For some writing tips you should check this out:

http://www.bookbite.org.uk/writing/writingtips  Here you will find case studies, tips, resources, and great encouragement.

In later issues, I shall be looking at writing for both pleasure and profit.

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 It’s never too late to think of financial security

 

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Flexible funds to help weather the current economic storm.

 

At a time when a number of index-linked products have been withdrawn by National Savings and Investment

The Daily Telegraph reports that:

‘Stock markets are unpredictable at the best of times, but the economic turmoil of the past few years has left many fund managers wondering which way to turn…

“In my 20 years as a fund manager I’ve never had to work in such uncertain times,” said Ian Spreadbury, Fidelity’s strategic bond manager. “It isn’t clear whether we are heading into recovery or back into recession, whether this will herald an inflationary period or a prolonged deflationary one, or what will happen to interest rates.”

Cautious investors are hedging their bets by flocking to risk-averse funds that claim to offer flexibility to weather whatever storms lie ahead. Absolute return funds are top of the popularity tables, with cautious managed and strategic bond funds making up the remainder of the top 10.’

 

You can read the full report here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/7898286/Flexible-funds-to-keep-your-portfolio-in-the-pink.html

As promised, I am including Simple Financial Management in Retirement, a special free report prepared for you this week.

This is at  http://www.the60lifeweekly.com/FSIRSI.pdf

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Gas and electricity prices: who has the real deal?

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Now may be a good time to review what you are paying for domestic fuel.You have last winter’s bills by now, and with the lower demand

from customers in the warmer months suppliers may have a better deal for you. In any event, it is a good idea to check out regularly how your current charges compare with others.

This is not always an easy exercise but you could take some help from an independent online energy price comparison service. I can report that over50s.com has teamed up with ukpower.co.uk:

 

Ukpower.co.uk say: We compare gas and electricity suppliers and help people switch to the cheapest deal!

‘We compare the whole market so you won’t find any deal cheaper elsewhere, no other website, doorknocker or energy supplier can beat that!

It’s completely free, the service provided is paid by commission we receive from suppliers when you switch on our website.

We are completely impartial, we list all tariffs from all suppliers, including those suppliers who do not pay us commission. We are accredited by the consumer focus confidence code so you can be sure the website compares all tariffs in a fair and impartial way.

You can save up to £350 by taking just five minutes to switch your energy supplier.

Start your comparison by entering your postcode above, and see how much you can save!’

http://www.ukpower.co.uk

In the next issue, I’ve got for you news and tips about:

  • further developing your creative writing skills
  • a way to fitness at a stretch
  • saving money with a late summer travel offer

 

Look out for your next issue on 29th July.

Yours ,

Mike Paterson,

The 60Life Weekly

 PS: If you have your own stories, tips, or feedback please send them to me at

mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk

Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact,detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details ,accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

Want to write that book?

Now that you find you have more time, or wish to use your extra time in a more pleasurable, even perhaps more profitable way, you may hanker to write a book.  

Maybe you have always had in mind to write, if only you had more time. But you are held back on where and how to start? Perhaps you want to have a go at short story writing, or poetry. Many of us feel there is a non-fictional book inside us, which we could write about a special interest or some life experience. How about a play or a novel? Well my free report is full of advice for newbie and occasional writers alike. To claim your copy, simply follow this link www.the60lifeweekly.com.  You can immediately download Succeed As A Writer. It won’t cost you a penny.

Your first step is to take action. This is a good place to start. You can quickly establish the habit of writing a little every day . Here is your FREE copy of Succeed As A Writer to help point you in the right direction,  both in terms of application and what to write about . Check it out at at www.the60lifeweekly.com.