PHILANTHROPIC CHEER! Cape Fear Literacy Council presents fourth annual 12 Tastes of Christmas by JS Carver, LOL contributing editor

  The annual 12 Tastes of Christmas has raised $30,000 for the Cape Fear Literacy Council, with profits helping benefit adult literacy and English as a second language (ESL) programs. New Hanover County residents especially benefit from the cause, as 60,000 local citizens have low literacy skills. “We serve over 500 adult learners each year,” […]

2016 Holiday Stocking Stuffers

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer, Tech50+ ( This is the portion of our gift guide where we can have some fun thinking about all of the little things that will make the holidays just a little merrier and not too expensive. Smartphone Mounting System – Quad Lock – This is the only mounting system that allows you to fully […]

Finding the Right Gift for the Youngster in Your Life

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer Tech50+ ( Talk about a difficult age group.  Whether you are trying to buy for your grandchildren, or your own child either in or out of college, finding the right gift at the right price is particularly challenging because it means spanning the gap of sometimes two or […]

Holiday Gifts for the 50+ Woman

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer Tech50+ (   The holidays are a great time to show your appreciation for the women in your life, be it wife, mother, or just someone who means a lot.  We’ve assembled a group of tech oriented gifts aimed at making life easier and more fun for the […]

Holiday Gifts for the Senior Set

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer Tech50+ ( As our society continues to skew older, more seniors are either already tech savvy, or learning just to keep up with the kids and grandkids, and also to stay connected with friends. Among this year’s gifts – a variety of ways to stay connected and entertained. […]

THE FIDUCIARY STANDARD: ACT II The code of conduct for which investors should shop by Ron Copley, Ph.D, CFA, LOL contributing writer

Jack Bogle—founder of Vanguard and a man whose opinion I have respected for years—says the fiduciary rule recently passed by the Department of Labor for advice on retirement assets will expand to non-retirement assets soon. Mr. Bogle states, “As a practical matter, I can’t imagine brokers serving their nonretirement-plan clients with a lower standard of […]

STEERING THE COURSE: Sandy Rowe sails through ILM’s PATH to better children’s health care by Chris Wirszyla, LOL contributor

The first, most vivid and lasting impression of Sandy Rowe I have is one of her at the helm of a sleek, 67-foot sailboat, guiding it through the storm of life (and, thankfully, as the executive director of PATH, our nonprofit, which I will get into later). Rowe is a native Wilmingtonian, who got “sand […]

COOKING WITH DEB O! LOL food writer Debra Ocock talks career, family and life by Rene’ Leister, LOL co-publisher

    LOL food writer Deb Ocock titillates our taste-buds with recipes that real people can make. I personally have tried several of them and am pleased to say, even with my very-limited-to-downright-horrible cooking skills, I was able to make a delicious meal. Aside from her decadent bites, I enjoy the stories Deb tells about […]

Pedego Boomerang e-Bike – Many Happy Returns

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer, Tech50+ ( Sometimes I wonder what goes into a product name. In this case it’s the name of a very comfortable e-bike, the Pedego Boomerang. Did they name it for Boomers? Perhaps for the shape of the frame? Or even the notion that you’ll like it so much you’ll […]