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I’ve gone nine days “unconnected”.. that may be my record in this phase of life. Traveling is leaving “life as you know it” behind to explore different cultures and landscapes and to refresh and renew yourself. Traveling with my husband Steve, we had wonderful five days in Mallorca with our daughters, who live in Madrid and London. The word “idyllic” kept popping up in conversation re this locale~ Later in our itinerary Steve and I revisited Marakesh, Morocco after a 37 year time span from our last visit when we spent over a month there in the winter of a year of travels. We found some positive changes which I’ll write about in a stand alone blog soon..
As a seasoned traveler to foreign lands, I’d like to share
10 Tips for Smooth Travels and Fun:
1. Anticipate having a wonderful time
2. If something goes “wrong” or not according to plan, try to see the humor in it and move on.
3. Once you’re settled in and go exploring, allow yourself to “get lost”. ie: don’t have your nose glued to a map.
4. Know key phrases in the language.
5. Take some “downtime” everyday or a siesta to relax and recharge.
6. Stay “unconnected” to the internet, phone, TV, newspaper for as much-as long as possible
7. Enjoy!!!!
8. Bring home meaningful mementos-souvenirs-photos.
9. Compromise as much as possible with your travel mate(s)..after all, you came to have a good time and probably have tickets home together~
10. Smile!!

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The Beatles:Fixing A Hole

This song is performed by The Beatles and appears on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

The lyrics are printed below, if you want to skip down to that:)
I was on my way to the gym this AM and heard it in full- and was on every word. It brought me back- Dr. Don Sullivan’s Philosophy 102 at SUNY Buffalo, a town that was alternately undergoing anti war protests and being conservative. Dr. Sullivan was arrested in the middle of the semester in a protest and did some jailtime.
Anyway, back to the song. I wrote a paper on it for the above mentioned class. Many of us journaled (kept diaries) in those days and I recall adding comments to pop songs. I think it’s wonderful that Paul and Ringo got together to raise funds for meditation based curriculum in a private school- they held a concert Radio City last night and it’s been in local papers-‘Cause I think that’s what’s this song is about- fixing the hole (with meditation) to stop my mind from wondering where it will go.

“I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go
I’m filling the cracks that ran though the door
and kept my mind from wandering
where it will go

And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong
I’m right where I belong
I’m right where I belong
See the people standing there
who disagree and never win
and wonder why they don’t get in my door

I’m painting the room in a colorful way,
and when my mind is wandering
there I will go

And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong
I’m right where I belong
I’m right where I belong
Silly people run around
they worry me and never ask me
why they don’t get past my door

I’m taking my time for a number of things
that weren’t important yesterday
and I still go

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go
where it will go
I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
and stops my mind from wandering
where it will go”

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Sunday, February 1, 2009
A Baby Boomer Offers Her Views on Tom Brokaw’s Book “Boom!”

Eileen Lichtenstein was asked to discuss Tom Brokaw’s bestselling book, “Boom!: Talking About the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow” along with her own thoughts about being a Baby Boomer.

Not only is Boom! a terrific read, we thought Eileen’s perspective about what it is like being a baby boomer was particularly interesting and insightful.

Here’s her interview:
1. What made you decide to read Boom!?
EL: “I’m involved with this generation on many personal and professional levels. A Boomer myself, a child of the 60’s, I often reference this time personally.. I’ve always been a fan of Tom Brokaw’s reporting and sensitivity to complex issues and was interested in reading his “take” on the times. And, a large percentage of the people I coach and work with professionally are Baby Boomers.”
2. Overall, what did you think of the book And what did you find most interested in it (positive or negative)?
EL: “I commend Tom Brokaw on combining the subjective with the objectivity of a reporter to make this book a joy to read, and an effective “refresher course” on the era. I like how he divided the chapters and I didn’t always read it in sequence! I find it comforting that a mainstream, respected journalist can be so honest in talking about his own involvement in the 60’s and 70’s and finds no conclusive judgment on the era is necessary~ we each take with us our own perspective and add it to today’s mix.”
3. What are some of your personal memories of The Sixties, perhaps one or two instances in particular that best sum up your experience?
EL: “I was a “hippie”: tear gassed in anti-war protest marches while I attended SUNY Buffalo, the “Berkeley” of the East, with both SDS and ROTC on campus. I graduated with a BS in Education in 1970 and then lived and worked in NYC with my boyfriend from college, soon to become husband (we recently celebrated our 38 anniversary with our daughters 28 and 30, each visiting from Europe!) Steve and I saved every penny, had lots of cats and no furniture… after one year we packed up and traveled in Europe and North Africa for 9 months, with backpacks, sleeping bags and eventually bicycles. Mostly wonderful memories!”
4. Now that Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age, what effects do you think The Sixties will have on them – in terms of health, spirituality, finances and emotional well being?
EL: “We have seen the best and worst of times..personally and politically, no matter what we did and what our belief systems may be. We want to be fulfilled, have fun and to “give back” in our relationships, with our families, work, hobbies, volunteerism and philanthropic venues. We want to continue the trend of longevity that our parents’ generation has begun. In a sustained state of wellness, we want to enjoy ourselves and our families..and for the world and its people to live well.”
6. What is your age?
EL: “59.”
7. In what town do you live?
EL: “Baldwin, NY.”
8. What is your occupation?
EL: “Personal Performance Coach/Professional Speaker.”
9. Is there anything else you care to add?
EL: “I coach and work with many Baby Boomers. We are continuing to transition and metamorphisize in unchartered territory. We are pioneers and trendsetters..then and now~ and need to work in harmony with generation x and y for the world to keep spinning and be productive!”

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