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Asit Parikh is a real estate agent in Manhattan. His dad is an an engineer and they have been building this house in New Jersey for about 3 years. It has no boiler, no air conditioning system and no water heater but the electric bills average $2-3 a month.

This is the kind of smart technology we need to make as the standard for all construction. How cool is this?

It’s got a built in year round rain water collection system that is heated by solar. This system maintains a fairly constant temperature in the house year round and even has a heating system under the concrete driveway that melts the snow automatically in the winter.

Asit’s dad is the engineer on the project and the patenting process for this technology is in the works. Right now it is a very expensive build at about $250 sq/ft. But what cool engineering.

These two gentlemen should have a seat at the table – in my opinion – in all long range planning at both the Dept of Energy and Housing and Urban Development, at a salary (in an advisory and consulting capacity) at least as much as what senators make. This is the type of design and engineering that should be the standard in all multi unit and single family construction.

What do you think?

Hats off to good design, intelligence and excellent engineering.


Weight Training – Middle Aged Men Improve Bone Density

Just read an interesting article from Mercola about men’s health.

In summary it says that 60-120 minutes a week of weight lifting increased bone density among middle aged males after 6 months.

You can read the whole aticle here:  Targeted Workouts Can Strengthen Men’s Bones in Middle Age

That’s only one to two hours a week of work out.

It also said that jumping improved bone density in the hips specifically. It’s cool that we just picked up a mini-trampoline in perfect shape for $10 a couple of weeks ago.

Good to know this stuff.

What are you going to do about it? I have been planning on doing some upper body work to counteract several upper body inuries in thelast 10 years anyway. Now I have even greater incentive. Strong bones matter latter and they factor into longevity by creating natural injury resistance as we get older. Strength plays a big role in balance, posture and overall structure as we age.

Have a great day.

Michael Barrett
Workshop Facilitator, Energy Transformation Coach, Writer


Urban Farming – Organics

Urban Farming is really starting to take off.


Urban Organic took over the old Hamm’s Brewery building in St Paul that had been empty since 1997 .

They setup an aquaponics operation that will be able to produce 1,000,000 pounds of fresh organic produce a year when it reaches full capacity using a 9000 square foot footprint.

Check out this news clip…

This is the kind of news that I want to see more of. It’s awesome when free enterprise creates value and high quality products for the consumer.

The technology to create aquaponics on a local level is really quite inexpensive and practical. This can easily be set up on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis and on an individual basis. And if you work together in the neighborhood, you can each grow different varieties of produce and trade them.

Urban farming for locally grown organic produce just makes good sense.

Love this story – pass it along.


Did You Know: The NIH Has an Armed Police Force?

Why does the NIH need an armed police force and who oversees that police force?

It surprised me when I found out.

Could this be another example of bloated government expanding beyond it’s stated authority, I thought to myself?

nih police vanHere is the stated mission of the NIH from their own website:

“NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.”

What makes them experts at investigation or police work?

My first thought was:  The NIH is a scientific research organization. Why do they need police? What crack pot came up with this use of taxpayer money?


Is the idea that they need to enforce their knowledge of living systems? I don’t get it and haven’t since the first time I saw an NIH Police van with my own eyes in Hamilton MT is 2009.

nih police van That’s weird I thought. And then I thought – what in the world are they doing here?

But what really got my attention was the slogan painted on the side of the brand new black SUV in gold letters that said:

“Serving the NIH through Community Policing.”

Something about that slogan rubbed me the wrong way – like what happened to serve and protect. Why does the police force need to serve the NIH and not the people in the community, I thought?

Subsequently they have changed the slogan on the new SUV’s.  I saw a current picture yesterday with the new version of the slogan:

“Serving the NIH through Community Oriented Policing”.

In May of 2009, I was surpised to see an armed NIH officer in the parking lot of the post office. In my mind, I asked myself, why do we need another police force? Why does the NIH need guns anyway?

Following up on that, the local jurisdiction of the NIH police force – in Hamilton Mt – is only authorized to “police” is a 35 acre research facility. Why do they need 15 officers? To my knowledge there is no local authority overseeing their “police force”.

Why not? What is their purpose? And on whose behalf?

There is no way, a private entity could ever function this way financially. To me this is just another example of a bloated, expanding govt – not to mention spending taxpayer dollars needlessly when we don’t have the money.

A couple of officers, ok – maybe – but 15?

Why does a town of 3700 people need with 15 local police officers, 29 Sheriff Deputies and 15 NIH police?

I just found a link to the ICMA (International City/County Management Association) website survey results. The survey results reflect the print and online responses of 1,263 local government respondents from across the nation.

Personnel per 1,000 residents, the average number of uniformed sworn personnel for police is 2.16 and for fire is 1.60.

At 2.16 per thousand residents, that would be 2.1 x 3.7 = ~8 officers total.  There are 59 – more than 7 times the national average and this is a rural community with a low crime rate.

This NIH police force was established in the event of terrorist activities after 9/11. First of all, it makes me wonder what is going on at the Rocky Mountain Lab that the locals may need to know about.  What is going on there that might pose such a significant threat in the event of an attack? Secondly, if it is a national security issue I want Seal Team 6 (or  some other elite group that is trained properly) there. Not bureaucrats with 9 mm’s and mini vans – especially 15 of them.

Something is rotten in Denmark and nobody is talking about it.

I think the NIH should stick to the politics of research funding and stay out of the security business, what do you think?

Why do I care about Hamilton, Montana,you might be asking? Well I lived there for 9 winters and have 7 grandchildren and two daughters that live there. It’s a beautiful community and I will always consider it my 2nd home – no matter where I am traveling or where else I stay.

Hamilton represents a metaphor for all the small towns in America with a core group of hard working, honest people who do the best they can every day. What happens there and happens to the people could happen anywhere. Only this is my family we’re talking about.

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” – Benjamin Franklin.

“Question authority.” – Socrates

These quotes apply today more than ever. I propose we all start asking a lot of questions – and demanding answers that make sense.



Mortality, Motorcycles and Life Lessons

Do You Remember When The Exact Moment You First Decided You Were Not Invinceable?

Have you ever had the experience of realizing that the event that had just taken place almost killed you? You “get it” that you almost died a minute ago – or ten minutes ago – however long it took to realize how close you just came.

I have.

The first experience was on a 1967 Triumph 500 c.c. Daytona when I found myself in a full drift at a speed in excess of the tire traction capacity of the Dunlop K70’s on that bike. As I came around a corner at full throttle, I was drifting towards a cliff on my left at full speed and the momentum was carrying me – first across the wrong side of the road where I would have been hit head-on at about 70 (if an oncoming car had been in that lane) and then finally coming to rest about 2 feet from the cliff below.

I turned off the motor and sat there shaking for about 15 minutes as the reality of what had just happened set in.

The Daytona was the twin carb version of the 500 and it had that deep throaty great sound that ’67 Triumphs made when you rolled on the throttle. An unmistakable sound that I can still hear in my head when I close my eyes and would recognize it from a block away – right now – if someone rode by on a vintage Triumph.

My ’67 was gloss black – hand painted by a friend of mine. Unlike the one in this picture, my fenders were chromed and the bike was immaculate six months after I got it.

There is something very special about your first motorcycle as a 16 year old. Sitting on that scooter as you screw on the gas, you are overtaken by a sense of invincibility coupled with the magic and freedom of a sense of flight.

You become one with the machine.

For me, this experience was magnified by the fact that the Daytona was truly a classic bike and provided an experience unique to its engineering and style. One of the reasons for such distinct sensations riding that bike was mechanical.

When I knew more about motorcycles, I realized that the long stroke of the crankshaft in that motor – coupled with the bearing configuration – created a specific vibration and sound that transferred up your arms from the handlebars and into your body – as the bike warmed up – the mechanical vibration and your body created a sort of harmonic resonance.

In 1977, I worked in a Suzuki shop. When I first got hired, I loved motorcycles but knew very little about them and even less about the motorcycle business. I used to drive the partner (who ran parts and service) nuts asking incessant questions as an enthusiastic and inquisitive new hire. He told me later that he almost fired me everyday the first six months for interrupting him so much, until he promoted me to become his parts department assistant. I was one of the few parts guys who became friends with the ornery head mechanic, Don.

Don was the kind of guy who chose his friends – you didn’t choose him – and if you got on his bad side, it was not a good situation. A burly, powerful barrel chested man with steel hands, he was a cross between the “troll under the bridge” and a bar fighter. And Don was one hell of a mechanic.

Don was very patient and could hold a long term grudge. He had a crazy, sardonic sense of humor and if you understood it, he was really funny. On the surface, Don could keep a straight face the whole time as the catastrophe he masterminded unfolded. Yet if you knew him well it was always fun watching him struggle to contain his imminent laughter. Don had a lot of authority in that shop, it was his kingdom. If Don told you to do something, or how to do something, he always had a reason. If you didn’t listen to his direction, he would always figure out a way to teach you a lesson you would never forget. If he liked you, the lesson would be some hilarious version of a practical joke. If you were on his shit list, it would hurt.

Anyway, back to the Triumph crankshaft. I learned a lot about Suzuki crankshafts as I pulled all the parts multiple times for service orders to rebuild those cranks.

Just look at the two crankshafts in the picture here. The Triumph 500 cc crank is on the left and the Suzuki 250 cc crank is on the right. There is significantly more bearing surface area on the Suzuki crank than the Daytona. The engineering design is superior in terms of torque load distribution and maintenance.

Almost every single part on the Suzuki crank is replaceable.  It is stronger. The parts are machined versus the cast components of the Triumph crank and the Suzuki crank is designed to be repaired easily by pressing it apart, replacing  the worn parts and bearings and pressing it back together.

Knowing what I know now, the bottom end of the Suzuki is an example of superior engineering. Although at the time, with the exception of the “cafe racer” crowd who made their own fiberglass tanks and seats (from scratch) in their garages, there was nothing glamorous about riding a “ring-ding” Japanese two cycle that sounded like it might shake itself to pieces at any minute.

Particularly compared to the beautiful sound of the Triumph…

About the same time 1970(?), a friend of mine had just gotten his Class C Professional Flat Tracking License and he had an X6 engine that Erv Kanemoto had tuned. I helped him a few times while he was fitting that 250 engine into a rigid frame made out of chrome moly tubing. I didn’t do much, mostly watched and handed him tools or helped him hold things in place to take measurements. I mention that motor because I think it was the quickest engine I had ever seen run in real life. My friend told me that his Kanemoto tuned X6 had held the track record for lap time at Ascot for 6 years.

In retrospect I know difference.

As I grow older, it’s clear that many things in life are like the comparison between the X-6 and the Daytona. Often we underestimate the little things that make a big difference. Working in that Suzuki shop taught me a great deal about how things work in the world and many of the lessons I learned there have become metaphors for living a better and more observant life.

My experience at the bike shop taught me that careful observation and attention to detail are important skill sets. It also taught me to watch and choose carefully and to listen to people who know what they are talking about – instead of talking about what they know.

I Am Michael Barrett

Link Sources for pictures in this article:
Here is where I got the picture of the X6 crank is here: Suzuki X6 Crankshaft.  It was so weird to me seeing his description of rebuilding that bike because we used to do those cranks regularly in the Suzuki shop – 3 or 4 a week was not uncommon in a busy shop. It seems like yesterday but that was actually 35 years ago. Reality check. But it’s a nice blog and a very personal story that he shared.


As Financial Reality Approaches…

As Financial Realty Approaches…

There is both hope and immense opportunity.

The cold hard truth is that the backbone of the world’s most successful financial system is broken. This is not a gloom and doom statement.  Actually it is positive recognition that we can prepare and make it through the financial mess that is imminent.

This statement also acknowledges that we have to look out for ourselves – because Big Brother will not. It’s up to us individually.

The solution does not include sticking our head in the sand and hoping the storm will pass without affecting us – like Congress, the White House, the Fed and big banks are doing. This is the main event. There are many ways to prepare and in fact be positioned to become wealthy amid the inevitable coming financial correction.

Abundant Opportunity Ahead…

Now is actually the time to take advantage of the abundant opportunities that are available in today’s markets. You still have time to make adjustments that can benefit you significantly in the times ahead. Adhering to the status quo and complacency are not the answer.

In order to survive the growing financial storm successfully, it is essential to listen to advisers who have a solid track record of making profit during a recession – as opposed to listening to those who created the recession in the first place through poor leadership, fiscal policy or financial management. We have to make smart choices NOW no matter what the talking heads and financial experts in the mainstream media tell us.

Perpetuating and expanding your investments managed by failing investment companies and banking institutions is not the solution.

Just this morning I read an article about the post office defaulting on:

“With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees’ health benefits — $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September — will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday.”    Associated Press

$5.5  Billion Worth of postal retirees’ HEALTH BENEFITS!!!  And that’s only the part that is due and payable tomorrow. Wednesday the 1st of August.

Here is what Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, says about the situation:

He notes that the onerous health payment for future retirees — something not required of any other government agency or private business — is to blame for much of the post office’s red ink. He faults Congress for mandating the payments in 2006, saying they force the post office every year into a “panic mode that absorbs energy and resources” rather than focusing on longer-term innovation.

“The word ‘default’ sounds ominous, but in reality this is a default on the part of Congress,” Rolando said.

Read more here: Post Office Nears Historic Default on $5B Payment

Rolando blames the problem on Congress for making the post office pay for health benefits and Rolando is complaining saying no other Federal Agency has to. It’s as if he is saying the post office would be fine if Congress didn’t make us fund our debt obligation. Is Rolando’s implied solution to ignore the debt actually a viable alternative?

Who’s kidding whom?

uncle sam's debtThis whole subject – future Federal retiree health benefit payments –  is just the tip of the iceburg of unfunded liabilities hidden deep within the annals of “government bookkeeping practices”. There is no way to pay for this(these) disaster(s) unless Congress – or the Fed – creates the money out of thin air.

And how has that been working for YOU over the last 3.5 years?  It helped bankers, not the little guys. But who is paying for it?

The post office has been a financial disaster in the making for a long time. Were it a private enterprise they would have been out of business a long time ago.

The Post Office is only a minute fraction of the problem. It represents a growing magnitude of financial instability. It symbolizes the irrational behavior of burning up resources at an unprecedented rate – without the capacity – or a plan – to replace them. It reflects an obscene debt to equity ratio that goes far beyond the lack of common sense.

Financially this is not a flash flood that nobody expected. It is a tsunami that has been accurately identified and predicted by smart financial people for quite some time.

A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “What Does a Billion Dollars Mean?” That year the federal spending was $2931.2 Billion for 2008.

Guess what?

Look at the way Congress  spent money in 2011…

Let’s look at the “deteriorating fundamentals” using the research of Antony Davies, Ph.D., a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and associate professor at Duquesne University.

Dr. Davies has presented his research to many venerable associations and institutions like the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Congress, among others.

According to Dr. Davies’ calculations, the Federal Government received $2.2 trillion from ALL revenue sources in 2011. But, the government spent $3.8 trillion. This resulted in a deficit of $1.6 trillion for the year. In essence, the annual inflow did not equal the annual outflow — and there was still a whole lot more “year” left over … after ALL the money was spent.

Source: moneyandmarkets.com

On the left is a screen shot of an analysis of what it means for the government to spend $3.8 trillion dollars in one year. Frankly I have no conceptual grasp of what $1 Trillion dollars  ($1,000,000,000,000)  or (1000 Billion dollars) means.

Try counting to a trillion…

But I can understand what spending $434 Million dollars an hour means – about half of which is borrowed.

That translates into 10,416 $ Millions (10,416 x $1,000,000) every 24 hours.

Try to get your head around the magnitude of what we’re talking about here.

See yourself sitting down at your desk with your checkbook and you are writing the checks.

If you take the number of $Millions per day being spent every 24 hours, it means you will have to write 434 (four hundred thirty four) $1Million dollar checks every hour.

That means you have to write approximately  7.23 (434 /60 = ~7.23) $1 Million dollar checks every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Since there are 525,600 minutes in a year (60 min/hr x 24 hr/day x 365 days/yr).  That means you would have to write approximately 3,800,088 (7.23 x 525,600) $1  Million dollar checks  every year.

Talk about writers cramp…

Not only that, imagine that for every 10,416 $Million (10,416 x $1,000,000) dollars of checks YOU WRITE EVERY TWENTY FOUR HOURS, you only have about 5,000 $Million (5000 x$1,000,000) Dollars in your checking account.

Imagine yourself doing this 365 days in a row, having to borrow about $ 1,825,000 Million  ($5000 Million x 365) to do this. Imagine also how much interest payable is accumulating just on the $1,825,000 MILLION DOLLARS YOU BORROWED THAT YEAR ALONE…


” How long would YOUR BANK or THE GOVERNMENT let you keep that up if it were your account?”

Technically the govt runs out of money on July 31 every year, but they don’t quit spending – and worse than the numbers never go down, they always go up. So the rate of change of increase in the deficit is continually increasing. This has been going on for years and it is no longer sustainable.

There are 8760 hours in 365 days.

(notice the RED ink?)


In all sincerity, this “govt spending” vehicle is in free fall like a large truck that has lost it’s brakes with a full load going down a mountain pass. At a certain point brakes don’t really matter. It’s just physics. In this case, however, the driver of the truck still has his foot on the accelerator.

The question is are you  going to stay the course and hope that somehow the truck can avoid a massive collision – like many would like you to believe?

I am creating a plan for myself and my family and I am getting prepared. You still have time to protect yourself, but that time window is shrinking. I highly recommend you do your homework and take action. Personally I am subscribing to this financial information newsletter this week.  (BTW: This is not an affiliate link.)

Anybody who is advising you to continue with the old banking and investing model – that is essentially bankrupt – is either being dishonest with you, has a vested interest in selling you something or is uninformed financially.

Get prepared today. You are responsible for your own financial intelligence.

While it is true we face a massive financial problem as a nation, this is also an excellent time create wealth through taking advantage of opportunities that lie ahead.

Be careful who you listen to. See you on the other side.

I AM Michael Barrett and I AM Preparing for Financial Growth Not Failure…


Future Wealth | Peter Diamandis | Abundance is our future

Provocative Discussion from Ted.com – Peter Diamandis describes why: Abundance is our future

Watch this video for yourself and draw you own conclusions. We’ll have the discussion after the video. It’s about 16 minutes long – if I remember correctly – and worth it. Enjoy… See you on the other side.

Part of the Healthy Wealthy Boomer philosophy is that abundance is the natural state of the Universe. That’s kind of the nature of the Infinite, yes?

What it is about thinking small that is so appealing to such a large group of people?

From our work as facilitators we see this frequently. It ties into the prospect of taking risk and failing. Often we have within us an inherent proclivity to compromise for mediocrity rather than take a big risk and fail miserably. We learn this behavior. Before we learn it, we don’t think of limitations and failure. This was not part of the original operating system that we were born with – we downloaded it from the environment we grew up in – parents, teachers, religion, neighbors, coaches, siblings, being poor, spouses, whatever.

How does this happen?

There is an event, a disappointment, a loss or a trauma – something – that acts like the tipping point. This “straw that broke the camel’s back” locks that dysfunctional way of thinking into our life energy and system of consciousness. From that point on it functions like a software bug until we clear out the bug.

It’s piece of bad code pure and simple. It’s not part of who we really are and never was.

In Diamandis’ talk, we see a very bright man looking at the way things are from the perspective of a highly developed intellect and clearly a great deal of thought and reason arriving at the conclusions within the framework of his arguments. He concludes that abundance is inevitable because of the nature of a kind of evolving collective consciousness and more simply, technology itself.

We arrive at the same conclusion based on a different premise and from a different perspective.

Our premise is that abundance is the natural default of the Universe. It always has been. The only thing in the Universe that deviates from that is the human mind – thought – and it is inevitable that we will eventually get our thinking straight.

Descartes almost had it right:

“I think, therefore I am.” He had the right words in the wrong order. I Am, therefore I think.”

Diamandis is brilliant like a Bucky Fuller or a Marshall Thurber.

Abundance is the Future.

I AM Michael Barrett.


Healthy Wealthy Boomer Mission Video…

Introduction to Michael Barrett and the Healthy Wealthy Boomer concept.

The actual development of the Healthy Wealthy Boomer philosophy evolved from 1971 to present. This philosophy is expanded in the book: Healthy Wealthy Boomer: The Plan to Make the 2nd 50 Years Better than the 1st.

The Healthy Wealthy Boomer Mission:
To empower you to comprehensively recreate your life and start living the lifestyle that you have always dreamed of – one of exceptional health, abundance, comfort, joy, excitement and peace of mind.


In this 2010 Video Michael Barrett describes the Healthy Wealthy Boomer Mission

Richard Bach – the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull – said,
“You teach best what you most need to learn.”

Nothing Can Change Who You Really Are…

Ultimately, there is really nothing that we or anyone else can do – or say – that will change who you are because there is nothing you need to change. Underneath the confusion, emotional trauma, and the dings and glitches, you are perfect and whole and you were born that way.

How can any of us change perfection?

The basic premises of the Healthy Wealthy Boomer philosophy are:

  1. Health means physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial, strength balance, and tone. 
  2. The basis of real wealth is health.
  3. The mind, emotion, energy and physical body are an integrated holistic system and each of the parts affect the others. Health is a well tuned system and most of it is not physical – yet the physical is very important.

Regarding baby boomer health much of today’s communication focus – on the internet and in the media –  is not about being healthy. Mainstream philosophy is based on preparing for the worst and the assumption that it is inevitable that every one is going to be sick. We will become feeble both physically and mentally as we age.

Certainly healthcare is not about being healthy or dis-ease prevention, it’s all about managing disease. We weren’t born to die, we were born to live. So get up and start living.

We Get Better With Age…

In contrast, we make the assumption that we’re going to be well. Healthy Wealthy Boomer thinking says that we get better with age, like a good cheese or wine. Rather than bracing for illness and learning how to manage dis-ease we accept the fact that not only does life begin at 40, we start to get a handle on what is going on around 50.

We’re not wearing out, we’re just breaking in. Not only that it is clear now that with some lifestyle and attitudinal changes we can begin to reverse the aging process and actually change our physiology.

Aging is a thing to celebrate, honor and respect as is the human body. Health is a choice and choosing to be healthy is a prerequisite to an exciting, bountiful and powerful second half of life.

About the Financial Component of Health…

Aside from feeling good physically and being able, mobile and active, what fun is being broke and dependent as we get older?

It isn’t and it is not a value that makes sense. The natural default of the universe is energetic strength and abundance. Many people start careers and become successful after age 60.

What’s holding us back other than our own perceptions of limitations?  Nothing…

Live Workshops, Training and Coaching

We offer live workshops teaching these principles and actually doing the work as a group so that participants can walk away with both a set of tools for daily living and a working knowledge of how to use them.

At Healthy Wealthy Boomer we have created a 90 day guide to take the first step:

Look Better and Feel Better in 90 Days. It is a companion workbook for the main book: Healthy Wealthy Boomer: The Boomer Plan for Making the 2nd 50 Years Better than the 1st and to our workshops.

Stop Thinking Old and Snap Out of the “Getting Sick” Mindset.

Anyone can change – at any time. I am living proof of this and I have learned to walk my talk and I know people a lot older than me with tons of energy.

We look forward to your feedback and working with you personally.

We’d love your feedback on the posts and your comments, input and contributions about ideas, content and suggestions.

I AM Michael Barrett and I’m Awesome Just Like You.



Healthy Wealthy Boomer and a Chick Corea Video…

Healthy Wealthy Boomer Talks about Chick Corea and a YouTube Video

In the video Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White play 500 Miles High in 1982.

Right about 19, I became a Chick Corea fan. As a starving student, the only decent stereo sound I had was a Pioneer cassette player in my 61 Chevy pickup. When I got the Return to Forever cassette, I often sat in the parking area behind the apartment building and listened to the entire album once or twice per evening.

In about 8 months I wore out that original cassette.

Hearing these brilliant musicians on this YouTube video brings back some of my finest memories. I can feel what it felt like to be alive in 1982 again.


Hearing this music again almost gives me goose bumps. At the time, very few of my friends appreciated Chick Corea as much as I did. That might still be true today. But I don’t hold that against anybody. After all just because someone doesn’t agree with me simply means that they don’t understand the truth yet (lol) 😉 😉

Chick Corea is an acquired taste like fine espresso. It takes a refined palate to appreciate it fully and in the manner where quality is appropriately served up and presented. In order for a gift to be given, it must be received fully. Some people just don’t like this flavor. I do.

Hope you enjoy this snippet of musical genius from the past.

I AM Michael Barrett.


Common Sense Is Genius and Other Quotes…

Healthy Wealthy Boomer Talks about Common Sense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Common Sense Is Genius in Working Clothes.”

Reading the Emerson quote this morning reminded me of the many personal discussions over the years based on the premise that there is nothing common about common sense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote…

The irony here is that Emerson – himself – was a master of common sense, in working clothes.

Through observation – over the course of his life – Emerson  chronicled his code of how things are – identifying the ground  rules of common sense, for any individual willing to sit quietly long enough, often enough  and pay attention.

About common sense, in a different context, Emerson also wrote this:

“Common sense is as rare as genius.”

Emerson was a scholar and a champion of individualism. Emerson grew into this perspective through life experience and close observation of both human spirit and human nature. Over time he became a spokesperson for both.

Emerson tells us how to acknowledge our own common sense by following our own inner voice and paying attention to Nature and the Universe around us. He is a guide. In many ways, Emerson directs us to how find our own way.

What other influential western thinkers  have to say about common sense:

Albert Einstein:  “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

George Bernard Shaw: “Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.”

William James: “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

Leonardo da Vinci: “Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.”

Source: http://thinkexist.com/quotations/common_sense/

There is a hint of Lao Tzu throughout and a connection here somehow between genius, common sense and individual freedom that threads itself learning to understand and recognize truth.

Emerson says that common sense is genius in working clothes. Shaw says a little bit of common sense is instinct and a lot is genius. Einstein implies that we have a handle on common sense when we are young before society teaches us the lack of it. James defines common sense as humor moving at a different speed.

Speaking of humor, WC Fields has this to say about that:

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting
on people. ”  ― W.C. Fields

So collectively we learn that common sense is:

  • genius
  • instinct
  • rare
  • humor at a different speed
  • disguised in working clothes

In today’s world of politically correct speech, an agenda driven muzzle for  independent thought, it is incumbent upon us to say what we think and to be authentic in the expression of who we are.

Great minds show us that more common sense is a good thing and it is inherent in the natural way of things in Nature and the Universe. Less common sense leads to difficulty, complexity, the lack of authenticity and individualism. Common sense gets more done with less effort. It is mental and practical economy.

My mom always used to say to me: “Use you head”.

Yet today it seems we are encouraged not to do so. And on that note, we end this discussion with a final quote:

“Common sense has become the greatest oxymoron of our time.”  – Michael Barrett

I AM Michael Barrett, Managing Editor of Healthy Wealthy Boomer.