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Jay Lickus
Jay Lickus was born in 1956 in the harmonious and affable Marquette Park neighborhood on the South side of Chicago. He attended 12 years of Catholic school and graduated from the University of Illinois. He began his professional career as a paperboy (didn't we all) and matured quickly working his way though numerous menial jobs -- factory worker, kitchen helper, pizza maker (not a bad gig), shipping and receiving clerk and go figure, a house painter. During college he started his own painting and contracting company. In the late '80s he moved to Los Angeles to begin a sales career in the paint and coatings industry. In 2012, after 10 years as a top notch sales representative and another decade or so as a blue chip Sales Manager, he was unceremoniously kicked to the curb like an unwanted old piece of furniture (I humorously embellish for effect) only to begin his new path to a better and more satisfying life. He currently resides in Surprise, Arizona with his soulmate, Darla. He has four wonderful kids and seven glorious grandchildren scattered across the U.S.. As of today, he is one very happy man.

He created the Survive55 Blog to help folks in their 50's better to enjoy life; be physically, mentally and financially healthier; be up to date on news and global information that affects them and discover new and exciting opportunities in their lives.

Entries by Jay Lickus

5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 9:36 AM


As a Baby Boomer, I realize that there are some things I just can't do any more like I did in my youth.

Yesterday, we talked about how just a few drinks with your friends can knock you for a loop.

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5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most Part 5

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:15 AM

5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most - Part 5

Baby Boomers,

Today, as promised, I bring you the final episode of my five-part series where we've talked about those thing we took for granted in our youth that we miss and...

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5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 9:33 AM

5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most - Part 3
Baby Boomers,

The third "thing" that I want to talk to you about that I miss from my youth is the "ability to drink."

I'm not talking about my ability to sustain a three...

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5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Baby Boomers,

Over the next five days or so I will touch on what I think are the five things that Baby Boomers miss the most from their youth.

Everybody will have their own opinions. Men will differ from women. "Scholars" will differ from "Jocks." "Right Wingers"...

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5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most -- Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:48 AM

5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most - Part 2

Baby Boomers,

I recently brought to you the first of five articles about the five things, I think, Baby Boomers miss the most from their youth.

The first thing I miss and I bet...

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Have You Ever Been 'Glamping?'

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Baby Boomers,

Do you remember when you were young and poor and a vacation meant spending weeks camping out in the woods in a leaky canvas tent with absolutely no creature comforts and just the clothes on your back? There was no phone, no radio and definitely no electronic entertainment....

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50 Ways to Organize Your Life After 50 Part 5

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Baby Boomers,

Today, we wrap up the 50 ways to achieve complete expert status in organizing the most important priorities in our lives.

Do you know what the best part of this exercise has been?

In researching this topic, I found a ton of new ways to improve my...

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50 Ways to Organize Your Life After 50, Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Baby Boomers,

Do you remember my "Honey Do" list from Part 1 of our discussion on "50 Ways to Organize Your Life after 50?"

That list included:

  • Package and mail the items I sold on Ebay this weekend
  • Finish my eBook
  • Pay my monthly bills
  • Schedule my next...
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50 Ways to Organize Your Life After 50: Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Baby Boomers,

Today, is the third part in my series of helping you organize your life, especially your priority projects. We will carry on with my research collection of 50 tips, hints, tricks, encouragement, advice and mnemonic lessons about planning your time and personal life schedules.

If you are scratching...

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50 Ways To Organize Your Life After 50, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Baby Boomers,

In my last post, we started our list of 50 ways to organize your life. You can review themhere. They are easy techniques and extremely useful in making your life more productive. These included some of my favorite gems, such as:

1. Pinpoint Your Priorities


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50 Ways to Organize Your Life After 50: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:48 PM

Baby Boomers,

The other day, while having a bite to eat at a local restaurant, I overheard an older couple (at least mid-60s) talking about their New Year's resolution to organize their lives.

Even though it was a light-hearted conversation, it started me thinking about what I needed to do...

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Is It Impossible to Break Up Nowadays?

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Baby Boomers,

Do you feel that there is a certain impossibility to "breaking up" nowadays?

I just ended a "fervid" two year relationship with the woman I thought was going to be the "soul mate" for the rest of my life.

I don't know why it happened.

It probably had...

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Nils Lofgren: The Sun Hasn't Set On This Boy Yet

(18) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Baby Boomers,

I think I finally had the opportunity to experience, for the first time in my life, true genius.

When I say true genius, I mean something that alters the way you look at things, appreciate life and especially the talents of others, what a human being is capable...

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Colonoscopy Fact and Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Baby Boomers,

An incredibly unique event is happening this weekend in Phoenix.

Have you heard about the "Undy Run 5000" yet?

This is a family-friendly event created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, which encourages participants to run in underwear/boxers to bring attention to colon cancer.

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Are You a 'Plugged In' Boomer?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Baby Boomers,

Are you "plugged in?"

Do you spend at least 27 hours per week on the Internet?

Why would I use such a specific number?

Because in a 2012 research study by WSL Strategic Retail, they found that Baby Boomers spend two hours more a week online than the...

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The Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Baby Boomers,

A little while back, we talked about the new rules for "virtual " friendshipsand how you treat your social media contacts and "friend requests."

Do you feel that because of modern technology, your life is getting more crowded with relationships?

Or, do you feel, because of...

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Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase "Top 10 Business Books" and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns.

That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet.

Everybody who is somebody from Forbes and Huffington Post to bloggers like Fernando...

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How Do You Choose Your 'Virtual' Friends?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Baby Boomers,

It's no secret that at least 60 percent of us have come to embrace the Internet and use some form of social media to communicate on a daily basis.

You laugh, you learn, you verify, you discover, you explore, you observe and you experience a new type of...

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The Grandkids

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Baby Boomers,

Do you ever wake up thinking about your grandchildren?

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was watching my daughter's two girls, Annabell and Leila, three days a week while she completes her nursing degree.

Yes, it was tough breaking off on these afternoons to sit with...

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The Benefits of Staying Positive

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Baby Boomers,

Do you consider yourself a "positive" person?

Do you have a "glass half full" attitude about life?

Countless studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between staying positive and your overall health.

Researchers have concluded that this relationship happens because staying positive helps mitigate and eliminate...

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