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Rosie's 1901, Mobile, Alabama - Ministering to the Soul of Motorcycling (step-thru scooters, too)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's Rosie's 1901 , Mobile, Alabama (3200 Halls Mill Road, 251-300-8268, rosies1901@gmail.com). Anyone who has mastered the science and art of riding a motorcycle knows this: You have to be in the now. Otherwise, you won't survive. 

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Santorum picks up southern primary wins: Mike Bako on America Now Radio

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Victories in Alabama and Mississippi boost conservative candidate’s campaign for Republican US presidential nomination. Daily National associate editor Mike Bako on America Now Radio. Audio Politics Press Room mike bako Mitt Romney newt gingrich rick santorum Ron Paul

The Brutality of Hope - Nathaniel Woods Executed, After Stay Granted by SCOTUS

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Supreme Court granted a stay to Nathaniel Woods at Holman Correctional Institute in Alabama. Hope can be a cruel entity. Not long before the time of execution, the U.S. A non-unanimous jury had sentenced him to death for the murder of three police officers. That was even though another man had confessed. In the loop on the stay had been activist efforts of Kim Kardashian and Martin Luther King III. The case was going to be reviewed. 

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We're Not Getting Any Younger, Climate Change Is Getting Worse - Dashed Dreams about The Forever Next

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A prime example is Mobile, Alabama. COVID-19 will be over. And we'll quickly shift from raw survival wherever we are to creating a new quality of life somewhere else, at a significantly lower cost. For most of the aging, relocation is a must-do to maintain financial security. 

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2 Lawyers (allegedly) Put Their Heads Together.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also allegedly involved is former Alabama state representative-Oliver Robinson Jr. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama-Jay Town-positions and packages the two law partners as the "mastermind" who put the scheme together.  This alleged caper seems to be typical of lawyers who assume they can outfox whatever and whomever. Essentially, it involves an alleged illegal and unethical attempt to avoid remediation environmental costs for client Drummond Co.

Fun Friday: Miss America introductions

Speak Schmeak

I''m Anna Laura Bryan, Miss Alabama." I never managed to post this in January, but it''s a perfect video for a Fun Friday! The Miss America pageant figured out a way to make 53 introductions fun, engaging and quick (just over ten minutes)! Enjoy the short video. I''ve included a few of the introductions below if you prefer to read instead. From the state that brought you Channing Tatum, People''s Sexiest Man Alive: You''re Welcome.

Antiabortion's Victims: Unwanted Children

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So many institutions and individuals are pushing back on Alabama's extreme antiabortion law. For instance, the media in the state featured essays from women opposing this scary development.    But what cuts directly to the heart (no pun intended) of the matter is the real-life current and sustained emotional anguish of those who hadn't been wanted. I was among them. My particular situation was worsened by having been a very sickly child.

2019 40

Yet Again, Court of Public Opinion Has Greater Reach than Points of Law - Saving Nathaniel Woods

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Along with Kerry Spencer, who had confessed to the murder of three police officers in Alabama, Woods had been convicted of capital murder. his amazing situation will circle back to points of law. But for now, the last-minute stay of execution of Nathaniel Woods by the U.S. Supreme Court is a story of activism by celebrities Kim Kardashian and Martin Luther King III. Daily Mail fills in all the details.

2020 40

SCOTUS' John Roberts Continues to Surprise

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Therefore, the legal issue is can the state of Alabama execute him. Vernon Madison, on death row, has dementia. The answer the U.S. Supreme Court recently gave was: Not yet, the lower court in AL has to review that decision in alignment with previous SCOTUS rulings. Here is the coverage in Law.com. And, here is the written opinion. Among the reasons this review has become major news is that Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberals.

2019 40

Category 6 Hurricane - Not Only Possible, Also Probable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It won't prevent personal catastrophe to not live in the traditional path of hurricanes such as southern Alabama.  It's a deadly combination: 5% to 8% more water vapor in the atmosphere and warmer temperatures. The result makes not only possible but probable the Category 6 Hurricane. The winds are over 200 miles an hour. The storm surge double-digit. 

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Symbol of Hate-Filled Times: McKenzie Adams, Suicide, Age 9

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The setting of this tragic narrative is Linden, Alabama.  McKenzie Adams, a fourth-grader at U.S. Jones school, nurtured a relationship with a boy. She was black. He is white. It's the past tense for Adams because she apparently hung herself on December 3rd.   Some classmates decided to intervene in the friendship. The alleged bullying ranged from racial epithets to recommendations that she commit suicide. As for the latter, it sure seems like she did.

2018 40

COVID-19 Fallout Putting the Kibash on Retiring/Semiretiring Abroad

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are other options such as relocating to small towns in Alabama or even the city of Toledo, Ohio.  Significantly lower cost of living (can make it just fine on only Social Security). High quality of life, including proximity to an ocean  Adventure. Possibility of operating online enterprise. All those have been hammered as reasons for the aging in the U.S. to consider retiring/semiretiring outside the United States.

2020 40

Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

The bio he sent me: An “experienced” (newly retired) geek from Alabama. This is a guest blog post from Larry First. The instructions discuss how to sync lyrics with a music video, but you could use it to transcribe the text of a tutorial as well. When presenting a music video where the vocals (message) are occasionally not perfectly intelligible, you might want to give viewers the advantage of KNOWING the words.

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Home - Dangerous Symbol

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

How alienated they had been in AZ or Alabama. Feel-good film classic - "The Wizard of Oz" - reinforced the old-line home meme. That was when Dorothy clicks together her ruby red slippers and recites the mantra:  There is no place like home. Maybe she was right.    But that value is actually destructive to us Baby Boomers who "have to" relocate.

2019 40

Court of Public Opinion 1, John Conyers 0 (And formal procedures, including legal action, become increasingly irrelevant)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Alabama Republican Roy Moore could still bow out of the election or, even if he wins a Senate seat, opt to not take it. Taking formal action, including legal moves, is so 20th century in this era of social media. Former Democratic Representative from Michigan - John Conyers - caved to what had been going on in the court of public opinion. Here is the coverage of his immediate retirement today in Bloomberg. 

2017 40

SCOTUS - Why Patrick Murphy Received Stay of Execution, Domineque Ray Didn't

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This 7-2 ruling (Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented) might seem to be in conflict with the earlier decision to deny a stay in Alabama to Domineque Ray. Member of the notorious Texas 7, Patrick Murphy gained a stay of execution via SCOTUS. When the group had escaped prison they had killed a TX police officer back in 2000. So, the case has been high profile, with political implications.

2019 40

Language of Retirement Planning - Factor in Phrase "Extreme Weather"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It doesn't make sense for me to use the Christmas vacation to check out Mobile, Alabama. Southwestern Arizona. That was a favorite of those considering retirement/semi-retirement. Then there were the summers of 2016 and 2017. The Tucson-Phoenix regions had sustained 122-degree temperatures. The media articles on the most affordable coastal towns listed those in Texas. Harvey made those rule-outs. With the threat of Irma, the old-standby-Florida-doesn't look so promising.

2017 40

Harvey - Our Retirement Plans Might Have Just Changed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Tentatively, I had mapped out journeying to Mobile, Alabama, during the Christmas holiday season. Yes, monster acts of nature, such as hurricanes, do visit the Gulf Coast. How soon we forgot Katrina. Well, now that Harvey is approaching that region, some of us Baby Boomers and members of Generation X may be re-thinking our retirement plans.

2017 40

The Mentally Ill - When There Is Violence.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Law partner Steve Griffith at Alabama's Griffith, Lowry & Meherg was fatally shot in his home. Another tragedy has allegedly been caused by mental illness. And that could have negative impacts on the growing number of people who struggle with diseases of the brain. The suspect, also dead, is Patrick Walker.    Walker has been classified as dealing long term with mental illness. He mistakenly believed that Griffith played a role in his 1997 marijuana case.

2017 40

Florence, et al. - Coastal No Longer Symbol of The Good LIfe

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also, those planning to retire or semi-retire have to re-think having a more affordable lifestyle and beach living by relocating to, for example, Mobile, Alabama or Pensacola, Florida. This time the target is the coast along the southeast. But Florence could also work its way up to the Northeast Corridor.    Whether it's climate change or not, the reality of an increase in the number and severity of storms is making the dream of living by the water seem, well, dumb.

2018 40

A Time to Shine: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DeFinis Communications

In 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama aroused the conscience of this nation and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill…. In Selma, Alabama to see the great movement there…. When you’re looking for powerful material for your next speech—from examples and metaphors to stories and themes—look no further than your own life.

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Drudge Report's Cover Story is Facebook Crash, Not "Rat" Michael Cohen

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Maybe someday if we look for a apartment in Mobile, Alabama on the Internet and then 90 seconds later click on our Facebook page we won't be deluged with ads for apartments you know where. Joy fills the land, including on Drudge Report. Its cover story is the beginning of the end of Facebook (at least as we have known it) - and likely the end of the reign of Boy CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Here is just one of the stories Drudge Report links to.

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A Time to Shine: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DeFinis Communications

In 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama aroused the conscience of this nation and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill…. In Selma, Alabama to see the great movement there…. When you’re looking for powerful material for your next speech—from examples and metaphors to stories and themes—look no further than your own life.

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Famous Speech Friday: Rep. Terri Sewell's remarks at Selma

The Eloquent Woman

Aside from two First Ladies, she was the only woman speaker on the podium to honor the civil rights "foot soldiers" 1965 march across the bridge in Selma, Alabama. First, she kept the sentiment of the event from turning cloying and backward-facing, when she recounted words from one of the women foot soldiers who''d faced down the Alabama State Police on the bridge: There is still much work to be done.

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Retired at 50 (and other realities for the aging worker during COVID-19)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They range from Gulfport, Mississippi to Mobile, Alabama.  Yet another COVID-19 shock. The retirement columns in the media used to gush about dreams. You could, for instance, look forward to fleeing the rat rat and settle into a college town.

2020 52

Those Extended Moratoriums on Foreclosures, Evictions - Yeah, Sure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Alabama? According to the Congressional Budget Office , a recovery from the economic fallout from COVID-19 will not kick in for decade. No, things, especially unemployment, don't look like they will move on an upward trajectory any time soon.    Evidence of that is the now-iconic article in The New York Times by David Gelles that professionals who had lost their well-paying jobs aren't landing new ones. Their careers are "in limbo."

2020 40

The Billionaires Before Congress, The Media, The End of Facebook (as we had known it)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, never again, if we search the internet for apartments in Mobile, Alabama will, pronto, ads for them pop up on the social network.  How the narrative has changed. The Facebook story had been one of global connection. Sort of the text/photo playout of the kids who wanted to give the world a Coke. That was then. Now, as Nick Bolton hammers in Vanity Fair , the narrative has shifted to diatribes about fake news, digital addiction, and data privacy breaches. 

2019 40

Language - Most Powerful Weapon in Finishing Off Roy Moore

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On "Meet the Press" this morning, yes, Republican Senator Pat Toomey indicated that Alabama Candidate for the U.S. Senate - Roy Moore - should step aside. But more destructive than that was the shift in the language referring to Moore's situation. As many know, the cloud hanging over Moore's political career is the issue of allegedly having sexual/romantic relationships with underage females.

2017 40

Babies: Excellent ROI for American Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As The Wall Street Journal reports, after the positive House vote, the Senate in Alabama approved 25 to 6 making abortions illegal in the state under most conditions. Law is not a composite of Platonic forms stored out there in some mystical universe that human beings struggle to understand and interpret. Incidentally, that Platonism had been the fundamental of Roman Catholicism. The Pope, Catholic dogma held, had access to that realm of absolutes.

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Lost Weekend - Binge Watching Irma

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So much for my plan to check out Mobile, Alabama. Concern for those we care about in Florida. Awe about the power of climate change. Smugness about being safe in the boring Midwest.    Whatever the motivation, too many of us will make this coming weekend a "lost" one. We will be binge watching coverage of Irma. Smart producers will create special programming. That will provide tons of visuals, plus background information and speculation about climate change.

2017 40

It's Out There: Projecting a World Without Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The other day I searched which apartments in Mobile, Alabama took pets. On Axios , Steve LeVine actually does it: He puts out there the possibility of a world without Facebook. The unthinkable becomes thinkable. To give solidity to this futuristic projection he interviews a number of experts in various fields. Among them is Scott Galloway, author of the book "The Four," who frequently writes on antitrust developments in EU against social networks such as Facebook. 

2018 40

Winds, Water, Heat - Climate Change Setback for The New Aging

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But with hurricanes becoming more severe, can we risk migrating to where living seems low-cost and the lifestyle great - like Mobile, Alabama - but are in the path of those now-monster storms. The news the 76 million Baby Boomers and the oldest of Gen X are paying attention to is: weather. Climate change seems to be causing extreme phenomenon like Hurricane Hector, already a Category 5.

2018 40

Puzzling Candor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Yet, at the University of Alabama at Hunstville, where three were gunned down, William Setzer, chairman of the chemistry department commented, reports the AP.  Candor is rare from heads of anything.    It is even more rare when murders have occurred.    Some posit that the alleged murderer Amy Bishop was distraught that she didn't receive tenure and was in the process of appealing the decision. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Most of the Money Was Gone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No one is being discouraged from uprooting from all they have known in major metro areas to plug into an affordable cost of living in central Alabama or a small town in Ecuador. It's 9:34 A.M. (ET) ET) Christmas Eve.    The Dow is down triple digits. On the low side, admittedly - 106.7. Not the high side of the 500s.    But what's becoming obvious is that 'twas the night before Christmas, and most of the money was gone.

2018 43

Class of 2019 - Maybe You Should Avoid New York Metro Area for Starting Careers (and consider these states/nations)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In the south, Alabama is known for its low rents. Rents are not cheap. Everyone knows that. Fewer are buying homes. That means more are renting apartments. So, no surprise, there continues to be Landlord Nation.    The impact of Landlord Nation is being felt nationwide. Last year, on the average, rent went up 4.2%. But in the New York Metro area, renters really got whacked. For instance, in New York City, rent rose 7.9%. A one-bedroom went for $4,164.

2019 40

From Counterculture to The Loneliest Generation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He was so lonely after moving to Alabama that he had been having suicidal ideation. Factor in loneliness in trading off your lifelong location for a lower-cost one. That's exactly what I advise those over-50 whom I coach.    Sure, continuing to pony up the taxes for a house or condo in Connecticut is expensive. So is the property tax on cars, as well as the insurance. And, rent, hahaha, is just as bad. 

2018 40

Diane Sawyer: Little Miss Perfect gets spanked by meteorologist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He took Sawyer to task for describing with her usual her earnestness that the tornado hit Alabama "without warning."  Dreamstime.com. In the career jungle of television, Diane Sawyer has remained Little Miss Perfect.    She didn't even age in a way that demanded a face lift like some TV personalities and if she did get one, well, it was perfect. Perfectly she took on the role of the first female news anchor who succeeded. 

Jeff Skilling Heads to Halfway House & The Next

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In exchange for giving up the right to keep up his appeals, Skilling will be released from the minimum security Alabama prison to a halfway house in Houston, Texas. At one time, Jeff Skilling's name dominated the global media headlines. During his trial he was represented by big-name lawyer Dan Petrocelli. Now, of course, that space is filled with the names of Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and even the president of the United States.

2018 40

Over-40 - Why You're Not Seeing Those Help-Wanted Ads on Facebook, et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Almost instantly after searching on the internet for an apartment that's pet friendly in Mobile, Alabama, there will pop up on our Facebook site multiple ads for apartments allowing dogs and cats in that location. One way Facebook pitches itself to potential advertisers is its ability to micro-target ads. Anyone with a Facebook page is quite aware of that way of creating value, at least for those doing the advertising.

2018 40

Look, Grandkids: We're Carless

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I investigated for a client if it was possible to retire in Mobile, Alabama, without a car, the chamber told me "yes," if the couple bought a house or rented an apartment in two parts of that city. Relocation for retirement/semiretirement used to be relatively simple.    On the check list had been:  Cost of living.  Medical facilities.  Weather   Location accessible to relatives and friends. Those remain on the list.

2020 40

Becoming an Expatriate - Financial Necessity, Not Adventure for Aging Americans

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mobile, Alabama, for example, provides apartments in the $400-dollar range (lower for those who get on the waiting list for subsidized senior citizen housing), the ocean, and exotic places such as New Orleans a few hours drive away. English majors (yes, at one time there were plenty of those) associate becoming an expatriate with adventure. And exotic career paths. Ernest Hemingway put down his creative footprint in Paris in the 1920s.

2018 40

What you don’t know about King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  “Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina,” he continues, and then comes the famous metaphor:  “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have a dream.”  Justly celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech becomes even more remarkable when you know that the last 6 minutes of the 16-minute speech were ad-libbed. 

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