Archive for September 2008

Managing Finances: Not to Decide IS to Decide

Sep 30th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some days are for staying in bed! This may be one of them. Of course, I am being facetious. That, in the face of crisis, is the worst thing a person can do. To yield to the possibility of creeping depression, emotional and economic, is just not smart. Rather, it is prudent to get up [...]



The Wake-Up Call: Financial Crisis, Greed and Consequences

Sep 29th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Ok… it’s here, that moment so anticipated and dreaded . I’m talking about the financial crisis facing our country today, a crisis of greed and overindulgence. It really isn’t a surprise, after all it wasn’t the apple in the tree that caused the problem, it was the pair on the ground. And the pair wanted [...]



It Had to Happen!

Sep 28th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It had to happen. First they began changing and blow drying the images of our historic heroes on our currency. Now, wouldn’t you know it, for something that is not much needed any longer, the visage of Abraham Lincoln on the one cent coin is being altered. Is nothing sacred any more, I ask with [...]



The Mean Green Tea Revolution

Sep 27th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Doors unopened, windows nailed shut, closets unexplored….until a knock comes from the other side of that door, a baseball comes flying through that window, that closet is finally revealed with all its treasures. That is what it has been like since undergoing the new discipline of writing this blog. Just today a new opportunity was [...]



Reclaiming the Good Name of Religion

Sep 26th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What is the IQ of someone who believes and espouses that “puberty is the age of consent?” Well that is just one of the off the wall, crazy, misinformed opinions of the latest “evangelist” to flame out. Not unlike politicians, some preachers use their positions to propound theories and exact obedience that costs the rest [...]



Autumn: Celebrate Its Beauty!

Sep 25th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Welcome Autumn! There are two seasons which seem to top out as favorites….they are autumn and spring, not counting winter and summer. Autumn is replete with color and aromas and the sense of getting ready for another year to end. It is that in between time…between the lazy days of summer (if ever that were [...]



Finding Promise in an Unpromising World

Sep 24th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Now what? Recent weeks have laid a heavy load on many older and retired persons across this country. The horrendous storms which began off the coast in the Gulf and in Florida and then traversed through the Midwest and points in the north and northeast left scars and pain all along the way. The Stock [...]



Retirement’s Boundless Opportunities and Wide-Open Doors

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In a recent conversation with a friend of more than 50 years, I invited her to share some ideas with me about how she might envision my spending the rest of my retirement years. She was, as she always is, gracious in her response. I list here the ideas she shared with me. Maybe, you [...]



Rules of Engagement for Caregivers and Receivers

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A series of rules which may be useful in keeping lines of communication and caring open is offered to those who are willing to assume the discipline of persistent and patient attention for those important in our lives. Rule One: Do not abandon your aging parent(s)! No matter your age, if your parents are beginning [...]



After Ike: The Pathos and Pain of Disaster

Sep 18th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

After Ike, those of us less affected than many went about the routine of minor clean up. It didn’t take long. There were limbs strewn about the property, leaves down in clumps, all the patio furniture had to be put back in place. But imagine, no trees, no leaves, no patio! Imagine nothing being where [...]