Tola Talks Ferguson, Palcohol, Bullys & TBT 1975

Tola Talks about the cowardly ambush in Ferguson, the invention of Palcohol – the new powdered alcohol, and the three boys who stepped up to defend a girl with Down syndrome at their basketball game. Plus, it’s Throwback Thursday so we’er going back 40 years to 1975 when Bruce Springsteen released Born to Run and the Godfather Part II won 6 Oscars, not to mention personal stories about bullying & Little League Baseball. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks Veterans Day w/ Americana Band, Gun Hill Royals

 

Tola Talks about America’s history and salutes the military service men and women with a special Veterans Day tribute including freebies for Vets throughout the country, lesser know facts about WWII, Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz and his 5-year plan to employ 10,000 Vets, plus the all-star Concert for Valor tonight in Washington D.C. headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson & Carrie Underwood. On Acoustic Tuesdays, Rich also interviews the Country-Americana band from LA, The Gun Hill Royals, who perform live.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with Gun Hill Royals bandmates Austin MacNutt & Kyle Wyman
Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Gun Hill Royals bandmates, Austin MacNutt & Kyle Wyman

No Retreat, baby, No Surrender

Bruce Springsteeen’s quintessential phrase “No Retreat, baby, No Surrender” from his mega-hit, No Surrender, penetrates much deeper than our country’s blood brothers in the stormy night vowing to defend us through raging Wars. At least it does for me. And today was a perfect example of how a powerful song like this can inspire me to inspire you…30 years later.

Verdugo Mountains in Burbank, CA
1-Mile Away View of the Verdugo Mountains – Burbank, CA

Just as this song came on my playlist today about halfway through my 2-mile run, I passed this elderly woman walking up the hill. She had to be at least 90 years old, all hunched over and wearing a light blue cardigan sweater and dark wrap-around sunglasses to shield her from the rays. She was ever so delicately ambling up the steep incline with the help a walking cane. And if you’ve ever traveled up that 1-mile stretch from San Fernando Blvd to Sunset Canyon Drive at the base of the Verdugo Mountains in Burbank (see photo), you know that it’s pretty darn steep. So much so that it probably took this senior citizen 20 minutes to walk to the next house. No matter, because she was still walking up that hill.

author, Rich Tola
author, Rich Tola
Now that’s what I call “No Retreat, baby, No Surrender”.

Because getting older doesn’t mean you can’t fight Father Time and do something every single day to strengthen your muscles – and your bones – and to preserve your body as best you can. It’s called a Daily Fitness Program, and ANYONE can do it.

And it doesn’t matter what you do: walk, jog, bike, swim, Yoga, weights, Hulu-Hoop, whatever! Just do something, like the elderly woman in Burbank. While you still can.

Peace – R