Q&A with Art Villafane, Editor of Lifestyles over 50
What is the appeal of the magazine?
We strive to deliver information of value to our readers. It generally covers health, lifestyle and finance. Combine that with trivia, humor and puzzles and you get a magazine that appeals to a broad spectrum of people.
Truly, I love my job! I review online lessons for an international Christian homeschool academy, covering every scholastic subject, for all ages from Pre-k through high school. I must admit, I have learned a lot at my advanced age from reading about everything from “Counting to Ten” to “Mapping the Journey of Ibn Battuta.”
I recently reviewed a series on American holidays. As I journeyed through the series, I realized that most American holidays, besides affording citizens a day off work or school, commemorate historical events and, truthfully, dead people.
“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its’ going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.”
“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long when $5000 will only buy a used one.”
“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. 25 cents a pack is ridiculous.”
“Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”
“The Government is wanting to get its hands on everything. Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible to run a family business or farm.”
As people progress through various stages in life they find themselves in a quandary regarding their home – should I stay or should I go? For those who want to stay in the same geographic location they must evaluate if their home meets their needs, or if it could be renovated to meet their needs. If a renovation is required - what is the level of investment and would it add value to the home? If you find yourself undertaking this mental exercise, we compiled a list of reported projects that yield the best return on investment:
John and Mary did everything right – or so it seemed. They worked hard, saved money, invested wisely, and spent prudently. Now in their golden years, John and Mary looked back contentedly upon a lifetime of achievements. They had put their children through college, paid for nice weddings, and helped the kids buy homes. Sitting on a nice nest egg, John and Mary now had both the time and money to travel as they always hoped to do.