Who & Why

This brief Bio will relate only to arenas relevant to this Blog. For other info go to JaneOdin.com

I am not a MD but have been deeply involved in the study, research and practice of Shiatsu, Homeopathy, Alternative Medicine, Yoga and Wing Chun martial arts. Living in NYC for 25 years I have been blessed with teachers who have since become world renowned. They will be mentioned throughout these blogs and their lessons shared where relevant.

I wrote for a bunch of newspapers including Soho News and Village Voice in NYC back in the ’70s. I founded Hometown News outside of Atlanta in Griffin, Ga where I functioned as photojournalist and editor for 8 years.

I received a MFA from NYU where I was invited to teach and design ETW (Experimental Theatre Wing) with 4 other performing artists; was adjunct Professor for 8 years before moving back to Ga to start the newspaper.

WHY?
Why indeed. At this point in life I’m a little on the lazy side and not really looking for hobbies or acknowledgment; money would be nice but I doubt this is the venue for accumulation of wealth.

I’m disturbed to say the least with the way over70s are totally ignored by the media and disrespected by the world at large. We are discriminated against in the work place from Hollywood to Main Street. The only institutions interested in over70s are western medicine at all levels and health insurance companies. In fact Obama Care depends on very extreme and often ill-advised procedures performed on over 75s. Without the elderly population health care in America would be in very big financial trouble.

At 77 I have no health insurance except part A medicare. I can’t afford it. I’m dedicated to maintaining good health and basically attribute some of my well-being to avoiding western medicine throughout my life. My personal wellness program has benefited my clients and students and now I hope to share with over70 time-travelers. This is my sole motivation for writing this blog.

Basically I feel over70s can change much that is wrong about American life politically, economically and health wise. I do not intent to bore with stuff everybody knows. Instead I hope to inspire readers to organize into action. 2016 brings many resources we can employ directly from our seats in front of the computer.

Word Press Is Fun, Fun, Fun

I’m working on the appearance of the waypast70.com site by studying up on youtube Word Press tutorials. Whew! So much information, so many choices to make – but thankfully nothing is frozen in time. The choices are relatively easy to execute and just as quickly trashed. And if you have lots of spare time I suggest you try it out. The excellent youtube tutorial I’m currently studying is: How to Create a Website or Blog with WordPress 2015! BEGINNERS Tutorial – YouTube.

The first part of setting everything up appears just a little complicated but can be solved easily by calling WP or watching the first part of the tutorial repeatedly until you understand the various steps to be taken. I was blessed with the initial assistance of a friend who is a local graphic designer. Now I’m on my own, thrashing about in wonderland.

There is such a lengthy, comprehensive listing of youtube WP tutorials on line. Just google the subject and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve learned so much already and it will definitely get those brain cells snapping as your work in progress unfolds before your eyes. Imagine my surprise upon learning my initial theme choice is the choice of the above tutorial.

Uploading photos and videos is easy enough. Everything is at your fingertips. This is so amazing for one who started out on a ’78 Tandy Color Computer with a TV for the monitor and a tape recorder uploading my homemade programs. Those were the days when Radio Shack techs in NYC were so helpful and gave as much time as needed to solve a problem.

I remember the first time I saw a computer shimmering in the 5th Ave Radio Shack display window. I was totally fascinated. And the internet was so primitive with “Bulletin Boards” that contained only text and frequently dropped connections. I wonder how many over70s worked with the primitive technology. You will be thrilled with WP.

I hope you will join me and build your own site. You might ask “Why on earth would I want to embrace this daunting task?” There are many reasons:
Experience your creative process.
Communicate your truth to friends or the world at large.
Reignite your ability to concentrate.
Platform to support CHANGE across the planet.

A lovable aspect of this process is you have no idea what the final product will look like until finished. It’s a very contemporary form of jazzy improv and I do adore improvisation, Of course somedays the site will look a little strange or in very bad taste, but hang in there – change is underway.