Life is many things at different times . . . from interesting,
exciting, surprising, and challenging, to frustrating, discouraging,
stressful, and extremely sad. But we learn from every experience,
good or bad, and move on from there. This department shares lessons
the author has learned from a lifetime of self-employment and more
than seven decades of just plain living.
The Healing Power of Friendship and Love. Originally a Brabec Bulletin sent
to Barbara's subscribers in March 2016; now archived on the site because it's a
message everyone can relate to.
Accidents and Liability Insurance Issues. A fall on black ice leads
Barbara to some scary discoveries about the financial pitfalls of falling on
Are You Deficient in Vitamin D?
Millions of Americans are, and if you've never
had your vitamin D level checked, you need to ask your doctor to do this now as
part of your next blood test.
Are You Prepared for a Disaster? (Tips for Setting up a "Grab It Quick" Box)
Cancer Returns After Twenty Years. Barbara's 2013 Special Report and update
to her original 1993 report, "What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer." Links
to a related supplemental PDF report,
"Why Medical Providers No Longer Want to Serve Medicare Patients."
Cashing in on Your Creativity: Two Ways to Look at It.
"Cashing in on your
creativity" is a phrase that fits our current economy and most everyone's need
today to both make and SAVE money.
Business Deadlines Were Made to be Broken. Is your happiness and time with loved ones
slipping away because you are allowing business deadlines or customer demands to
dictate how you live your life?
Found: A New Source of Strength. What Barbara learned about self-sufficiency.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Barbara waxes nostalgically about what many people
are now losing because of the convenience and speed of electronic and digital
communication, which has made letters seem impractical. "But don't let your
personal, family, and home-business history get lost in the process," she urges.
How to be a Fearless
Dreamer and Reinvent Your Life at Any Age. Barbara's thoughts and research
about the importance of dreaming and changing your life if it's not all you want
it to be.
How to Save Money on Prescription Drugs.
Information for seniors and low-income
folks who are having a difficult time paying for necessary prescription drugs.
How to Stop Worry at the Gate. (You'll find the secret in the Bible.)
It's a Crazy World Out
There. This is a special two-page
Brabec Bulletin on the Web, a message with
discussions of nine personal and business-related topics relevant to both
consumers and self-employed individuals—a Bulletin too
long and with too many Web links in it to send to subscribers as a regular email
message. (You'll find a Table of Contents on the page link above.)
I Already Did That! (You don't have to keep doing things you've already done!)
Life Wisdom from Yogi
Berra. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Barbara attests to how wondrous things happen each time you take a step in a new
Living in the Age of Electronic Friendships. A reminder of all the personal
and business friends you have now that you never would have had if you hadn't
begun to correspond by email, opened a website, started a blog, or got active on
one or more social networking sites.
Looking at Your Life in an Exciting New Way. Barbara revists a book she first
read and reviewed twenty years ago, one that could cause today's readers to
seriously rethink their whole life and career/job/business ambitions.
"Every thread of experience you draw through the fabric of your life adds to
its texture. If you can see each thing you do as a single thread of life—if you
can see the pattern of your life-fabric forming as a result of them—then you can
be the weaver of your life." - Anna Miller-Tiedeman, Ph.D.
I See Clearly:
An Authorís Personal Experience with Monovision Cataract Surgery. What
Barbara learned from this journey as a contact lens wearer with monovision will
be particularly informative to anyone who has questions about contact lenses,
cataract surgery, or
their vision options afterwards. This 3-page article includes many sidebar links
related to this topic.
Pruning Your Life to Encourage
Growth. As we grow older, we need to think about ridding our lives of of
things that are stressing us, taking more time than we want to give them, or are
simply becoming a burdensome physical responsibility.
A Shop of Her Own. A memorial to Barbara's dear friend, Susan Young, who
realized her dream, but didn't live long enough to enjoy it. Links to one of
Susan's stories, "The Stray
Who Came to Stay," a sweet cat tale.
STRESS: What It Does to You and What You Can Do About It. What Barbara learned
about stress and blood pressure.
Tired of Being Fat? How to
Finally Lose that Unwanted Weight. The life-changing weight-loss secrets
Barbara learned from eight monthsí experience on Weight Watchers (with 32-pounds
lost) may be just the
push you need to finally get serious about a diet and stick with it. This 3-page
article includes many sidebar inks related to Weight Watchers and dieting in
The Incredible POWER of Prayer. Barbara shares three amazing emails she received
The Many Faces of Stress, and Why Women Handle it Better Than Men
experience with "forgetfulness" taught Barbara a new lesson about how stress can
affect our daily activities.
A Widow's Thoughts and Advice—Barbara's
continuing series of articles for widows begun in 2005. This
Table of Contents page describes the content of each article with a selection of books that deal with the grieving process and the loss of a spouse
or other loved one.
What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer - Barbara's Personal Experience
in 1993 (See also
to this article.)
You Be Still Working In Your Seventies? Here's a story about retirement
planning with the simple financial exercise that changed Barbara's life and the
way she was looking at work itself. It might change your retirement outlook too.
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