“Pelican Key”, Sequel to “Rainbow’s End”

June 30, 2015

We are busy working on “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”. Joanie & Roz are busy as ever with Blossom, Joe, Burton, McGhee and Ida and helping a dear friend who is in big trouble. Stay tuned for updates!

January 7, 2015

We have started the New Year Right! “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”, is in the works. Your favorite residents from Rainbow’s End will be there and we will introduce you to a few new ones. Joanie and Roz are still front and center keeping up with all the goings on in Rainbow, dinners in Key West, and planning a cruise with their friends Silvia and Judy.  Burton, their favorite neighbor, may have a new love in his life and quite the uproar going on.  Stay posted for more news about “Pelican Key”.

 

Happy New Year from,

JB Bonds

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Laugh More So You Will Live More

Have you ever laughed so hard your cheeks hurt? When that happens we in the South call it “getting the cheeks”. Have you ever laughed so hard that once you could catch your breathe, you say “that felt so good to laugh”?

Everything about laughter is a positive. I’ve even read you burn more calories when you’re laughing, your blood pressure goes down, and stress levels reduce. Unfortunately, it seems to me that people are not laughing enough these days. Needless to say, the daily news does not bring us a lot to laugh about, but as human beings we need to find the humor in our lives more often. If you have a friend who makes you laugh, be with them as much as possible. Try to read books that have humor in them. Try not to look at life so seriously all the time.

Finding time to just sit and talk with dear friends and tell great stories that make us bend over in laughter is absolutely the best medicine, and something senior citizens should definitely be doing more often. You would be amazed how much better you feel after a good laugh. Maybe that smile will actually creep back on your face when you think about what made you laugh in the first place.

Click below on “Hub Post” to read a great article about the health benefits of laughter.

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What Are You Doing to Delay Dementia?

I have seen my parents go thru Dementia and Alzheimer and I want to do everything I can to prevent or delay having either one myself. I am a Senior Citizen and I am really concerned about getting Dementia. I have read lots of articles on what you can do to at least delay Dementia. They seem to all agree that people who delay retirement, can also stave off signs of Dementia. Once you retire, it is important to be physically active, eat healthy and keep your brain active.

I was a stay at home Mom but stayed very busy raising our children, working part-time, and helping my husband with his business. After the children were grown and gone, I became very involved with Newcomers Groups and stayed very busy with all of their activities.

When my husband retired and we moved back to our hometown, I continued to keep busy with all of the Newcomer’s activities like bridge and Mahjongg. Then my sister and I came up with an idea for a book. We started writing “Rainbow’s End”, went to the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and self-published our book. This has kept both of our minds very active. We are learning new things daily on the computer and researching articles.

I really think that continuing to write books, playing bridge and Mahjongg, going to jazzercise and eating a healthy diet will help stave off Dementia.

We would love to hear from our readers that have recently retired. What types of new activities are you doing to keep your mind busy. Are you learning a new language? Learning to play an instrument? Perhaps you have started to write a book in your retirement years. Whatever you are doing, keep it up!


 

 

 

Baby Boomers Are Not Slowing Down

There are a lot of Baby Boomers out there, including me, and we aren’t going quietly into the night. The Baby Boomers are more active than ever and living long, healthy lives. They are keeping up with all the new technology and social media, staying active and eating healthy. We are the largest generation on the planet.

I found this wonderful article that shares the retirement secrets of the Baby Boomers.

http://babyboomerslearntoblog.com/baby-boomer-retirement-secrets-what-we-dont-want-you-to-know/comment-page-1#comment-1150


 

Best Places for Baby Boomers

As a lot more of the Baby Boomers are getting ready to retire, they are looking for the best place to live that offers everything they need close to their homes. I found this great article full of great information to help you make that decision on where to retire. Read more at nerbwallet.com

Best Places for Baby Boomers

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by Divya on June 2, 2013

“Many baby boomers are trying to maximize their dollars as they start thinking about retirement, as well as trying to continue learning, working and socializing.  NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best places for baby boomers, many of whom strive to have active and social lives while keeping costs low.”


 

Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens

I came across a great article about Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens on DenverPost.com

Being a Senior Citizen myself, it is very important to know how to start an exercise program the right way. I have started many different types of exercise programs and injured myself before I even got started good. I hope if you are a senior citizen and thinking about starting an Exercise or Fitness Program, you will read this article first.

“Along with the cardiovascular benefits, a mix of aerobic and resistance training can lower blood pressure, improve circulation and increase bone density, an especially important issue in the aging.”

Tips for starting an exercise regimen

1. Check with your doctor and get an assessment of whether you’re ready for exertion.

2. Start out slowly, especially during the first month.

3. Learn some basic stretching exercises and perform them before and after you work out.

4. If you have never exercised, consider scheduling a session or two with a trainer.

5. Working out with a partner makes exercise for fun.

6. Try and get a good night’s sleep. That’s a key part of recovering between workouts.


 

Tops Reads for Senior Citizens

National Council on Aging

 AARP is definitely a wonderful organization that offers so much for seniors, but The National Council on Aging web site is also a great resource for us baby boomers.  One of the best sites I’ve seen with the NCOA lists the 12 best articles they printed for the year 2012.  What a gold mine of information.  If you read the scam alert article alone, you will have so much valuable information for your safety.  The link to this article is above.

Some of the article subjects are Scams Targeting Seniors, Myths about Reverse Mortgages,  Policy Issues Affecting Seniors, Tips to Stop Arthritis Pain, Tax-Time Tips, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

I suggest you earmark this link to the NCOA web site, maybe even register for emails.We, as senior citizens, need all the information we can get to keep us happy, healthy, and safe.


 

 

 

How “Rainbow’s End” Began by JB Bonds

Who is JB Bonds? For those of you who do not know us personally, I thought I would tell you a little about JB Bonds how “Rainbow’s End” began.

The “J” in JB Bonds, is Emily Jane Bonds McCoy and the “B” is Brenda Sue Bonds Rowell. Two sisters who grew up the valley of Roanoke, VA. We both married our high school sweethearts. We both worked as secretaries until we became stay at home moms. We both were very fortunate that our husbands had great careers that could support a single income family. We moved around the East cost with our husbands careers. Jane has a son and daughter and I have two daughters and a granddaughter.

We have always been very close sisters and have become best friends. We have always kept in touch with each other and our husbands are like brothers to each other. We have enjoyed many family vacations together and since we became empty nester’s, the four of us have gone on some great vacations together.

It was on one of these trips that the idea of our book, “Rainbow’s End” was born. The four of us went to Cudjoe Key, Fl, which is 23 miles North of Key West, Fl. We stayed at a retirement community called Venture Out. We rented a two bedroom home for a week in February 2012.

Jane and I were in the pool while our husbands were enjoying a cigar in lounge chairs. As Jane and I were doing our own version of Aqua Aerobics, I said “This place would make a great setting for a sitcom.” We started coming up with characters that would live there and their descriptions. We were having a ball visualizing these people.  Then one of us said, “It should be a book first!”. The main characters would be two sisters in their 70’s that were widows. So, sadly our husband had to die in the book before it even got started. We vowed when we left that we would start writing it.

When we got home, we each typed up story lines and emailed them back and forth to each other. There is a home down the street from me with a sign “Rainbow’s End” at their mailbox. I always loved that name and suggested our community be called “Rainbow’s End”. Then we had to figure out how we would put the authors name. Jane McCoy and Brenda Rowell? Jane and Brenda? Then we came up with JB Bonds. It just seemed perfect!

We started thinking about all the funny things that had happened to Jane and I when we went on “girls trips” thru the years and decided they would make great stories in our book. Of course, we changed the names to protect the innocent.

Jane typed up all the story lines into a story and emailed them to me. I would edit and add a few ideas and before we knew it, “Rainbow’s End” was completed. One of my friends knew we were writing a book and suggested we go to the South Carolina Writers Workshop in Myrtle Beach in Oct. of 2012. It just so happened that My husband, Chuck and I own a condo in Myrtle Beach and we were going to be there in Oct. Jane and her husband, Jim came to spend a week so Jane and I could go to the Workshop.

Going to the South Carolina Writers Workshop was the best thing we ever did. We signed up for all the sessions we thought sounded interesting for the two days. We met Authors, Publishers, Editors, and Website Designers. We learned so much it was well worth every penny it cost. We found our website Designer, Shari Stauch with Writers Win and Editor, Toni Rakestraw. Once we got home we started searching for artwork of Key West, Fl and found “April on Retro Canal” by Frank Strasser. It was perfect! Jane found someone to design the book cover and we were ready to go. Our editor uploaded “Rainbow’s End” on Kindle and Amazon Paperback for us in Oct. of 2013.

I am now doing eight, one hour conference calls with Shari with Writers Win on Social Media Marketing. Both Jane and I love the process of writing our book and are on the sequel to “Rainbow’s End” called “Pelican Key”. We never in a million years would ever dream that we would have written and self published a book at ages 63 and 65.

Brenda Bonds Rowell (The “B” in JB Bonds)