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The focus of this section is ideas and articles related to the themes of encore careers, Boomers, volunteering to create a new life-chapter, and living in Africa which are integrated into their book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. Prior to that, from 2006 through 2012, Wendy kept detailed travel journals describing Rick’s and her living in Africa and traveling many places in the world. Each year has its own Blog describing many subjects–about animals seen, people met, places visited and overall impressions.

Boomers Can Challenge Tech’s Youth Bias

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There was a Mercury News article this week by Michelle Quinn who has recently focused on Silicon Valley’s workforce diversity or lack thereof. Tech firms are admitting to the “difficulty” of creating this diversity in terms of gender and certain ethnicities. Thus they have been actively seeking recruits that are females, African-Americans, and Latinos. But […]

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Reminder: Upcoming Talk & Spreading the Word About Boomers in Encore Careers

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Come hear us speak next Thursday about our book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. Join us at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA. Recently we spoke about our book in Boston and New York City to […]

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Boomers, etc. are Invited & New Media

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We request the pleasure of your company to hear us speak about our book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. Join us at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA. We have a number of book talks coming […]

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Boomers: Seek Usefulness (in Encore Career) More Than Youthfulness!

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In a PBS’ Next Avenue article titled “Miss Manners Blames Boomers for Ruining Aging,” writer Deborah Quilter excerpts from the new Miss Manners: On Unabashed Aging book about some ways we Baby Boomers denigrate the natural aging process. In her book, Miss Manners bemoans Boomers’ obsession with discussing, keeping, looking, being perceived, etc. as youthful. This article talks […]

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TechnoServe Trains African Farmers to Grow Better Coffee

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The Economist’s September 19 article on coffee-growing, highlights the success Kenyan, Tanzanian, Ethiopian, Rwandan and South Sudanese coffee farmers are having under TechnoServe’s tutelage. These small farmers are achieving bumper crops of high quality beans that in turn receive higher prices on the market, which significantly increase family income. The article asks why aren’t more […]

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Boomers: Re-frame Old & Confidently Learn New Tricks

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A great article in the Huffington Post by John Tarnoff discusses how we Baby Boomers need to re-frame our current skills and to approach learning new ones with more confidence! Apparently Gamification is a trend in motivating young workers “where you earn badges for hitting milestones and deadlines…[to] facilitate learning and team-based performance.” Though Boomers […]

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More Talks, Articles on Boomers in Encore Careers

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With our focus on Baby Boomers, encore careers and giving back to society, I was excited to listen recently to KQED Forum’s Michael Krasny interviewing gerontologist and Bay Area resident, Ken Dychtwald, about aging and how to stay vital even to 100 years old. Ken had just turned 65 so was pondering the “meaning of […]

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Successful Talks, Amazing Coincidence–Now Need Amazon Reviews!

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A BIG thank you to those of you who came to our talks last week at the Los Altos Public Library and Books Inc. Palo Alto! We had nice turnouts at both and got to catch up with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while. We w ere told that all of our library copies were […]

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Reminder: 2 Nights in a Row Walleighs to Inspire #Boomers to Seek #EncoreCareers

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You are invited to join us at EITHER or both of two talks about From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Los Altos Public Library; or Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7:00pm at Books Inc., Palo Alto Town & Country We hope to inspire people to seek a second […]

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Walleighs’ Talks Aug. 25 & 26 & Exciting Media Coverage

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You are invited to hear us talk about our book From Silicon Valley to Swaziland about our experiences in Africa at: 7:00pm at the Los Altos Public Library on Tuesday, August 25 and/or 7:00pm at Books Inc., Town & Country Palo Alto on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. We’d love your support! See our events page or in the […]

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