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Get Back 50 Years

January 30, 2019
Beatles playing live on rooftop
50 years ago today the Beatles played their final public show, that is if you could call 42 minutes of live Beatles songs atop their Apple Records Building a concert. At this stage of their career the lads were on the verge of breakup. Lots of tension, even minutes before going to the roof to plug in and play a variety of songs they were working on, including "Get Back" with Bill Preston on keyboards.

For Baby Boomers and Beatles fans this is an important event in our lives. The Beatles were the band that changed everything for us. From the days of the Fab Four from Liverpool to a worldwide phenomenon, the Beatles were an incredible sensation. All these years later their music still resonates and people still discover them and enjoy their music more than fifty years later.

It's interesting to watch the live performance from January 30, 1969. It was cold on the roof and the band played five songs, some of them with multiple takes. But how cool. It was a real surprise for people on the streets below. According to this CBS News story, the famed film director Peter Jackson is working on a film that will include footage from this rooftop performance along with never-released footage of the "Let It Be" sessions. Something to look forward to as we look back (and maybe mentally and emotionally "get back") 50 years.

Life Lesson Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

January 22, 2019

the function of education3A day after we observed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday I am once again incredibly impressed by the legacy of the man. He did a lot in his life to promote justice and civil rights. Like so many that call forth the importance of making changes in our world to improve relationships with others his life came to an end too soon because of an assasin's bullet.

50 years later it is good to be reminded of some of the most powerful life lesson quotes from Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Here are three:

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

Let's face it, those are some really fine words to live by. We all need to overcome our difficulties with "others" and realize we each have a right to dignity, to pursuing our dreams, living our lives, enjoying peace and happiness and also honoring each person's unique life story.

Yes, King is gone, but not forgotten. One of the best ways to honor him is to take his words to heart and try practicing what he preached.

MemoryGrabber Will Jog Your Memory

January 9, 2019

We are about a week and a half into 2019. Maybe one of your commitments for this year is to put together a list of the important events and experiences of your life. It is a very good thing to do when you want to do some life story writing.

It helps to have some prompts. One of the tools many people have found helpful, including myself, is Michael Boyter's
The MemoryGrabber

MemoryGrabber - excellent resource for writing your life storyThe MemoryGrabber is a terrific product. This product is fun to use and guides you through the process of preserving your personal history. And the price is hard to beat - just $14.95 and backed by a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

Find out more about this fine product and see for yourself if it is something that will
benefit you in gathering details of your life, from your favorite things to family information and your most important life experiences. It could be a powerful motivator to get you going on your own memoir project.

Everybody has a story to tell!
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