60 on The John Muir Trail


We did it! Here’s the photo album.

We had a party too. Here’s that album.

I’m turning 60 in July! I’m going on a 4 day backpacking hike on The John Muir Trail, from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley starting July 15th. THE HIKE IS FULL. Consider coming to the party.

For those who aren’t inclined to hike, we’ll have a party on the weekend of July 20-21 at Camp Dude. We can’t accommodate anybody in our house with a few special needs folks taking those spots. There are a few options 1. The new pricey autocamp.com features brand new Airstream trailers and glamping. They are literally right beside our property. Book early, they are going to be packed this summer. 2. The Bug Hostel, groovy scene about 10 minutes from us. They have a variety of options + Euros! 3. Airbnb has a few options for Midpines and nearby Mariposa. The town of Mariposa 7 miles from us has a few so-so hotels.

If you think you might come, please let me know HERE.

The schedule so far.


Sunday, July 14th: Jeff and Kris P (and any other hikers who wish) from Midpines -> 12:00 bus to Yosemite Valley to 4:00 pm bus to Tuolumne Meadows – camp overnight.

Monday, July 15th: Hikers bus or drive to Yosemite Valley. We can park one car at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Contact me to coordinate carpooling. -> 4:00 pm bus from Yosemite Village to Tuolumne Meadows – camp overnight.

Tuesday-Thursday/Friday, July 16th-18th/19th: Hiking from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley floor.


Friday, July 19th pm:

  • Afternoon arrivals at campsites and Camp Dude.
  • Dinner 7:00 pm in the backyard. Mexican

Saturday, July 20th: 

  • 8-10 a.m Breakfast at

The Annual Soul Train Dancers’ Picnic

The Annual Soul Train Dancers’ picnic was yesterday. A friend and I stumbled onto the event a couple of years ago. We heard amazing stories from the warmest people who were the visual foundation for early 70s soul. So, it was a great treat to see it happening again.


This is me with Demita Jo Freeman. She was a superstar on the Soul Train stage.

Here she is tearing it up with James Brown in 1972.

I Have A Series On Forbes

I’m writing a series of articles on Forbes about the creation of my company Next For Me.





We brought a little Broadway pizzaz to a couple of days of deep maintenance at Camp Dude. Weed whacking, vegetable and flower planting in the greenhouse and shuffling our barn full of wonders.

My New Company: Next For Me

I started a new company this fall. It’s called Next For Me. We publish a weekly newsletter that’s a resource to post-50 life for new worka new purpose, or a new social contributionYou can subscribe right here.

It began to add up for me. There are 76 million baby boomers in total. The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060.

Over 40% aren’t financially prepared for a life without traditional income past 65. People are living significantly longer than when big programs like Social Security were put in place. Pensions have been cut from most careers outside of government. The Government Accountability Office said in an October report, “If no action is taken, a retirement crisis could be looming.”

The companies of today are not prepared to welcome and employ older employees with meaningful work. Hiring and support for the unique needs of the audience is lacking. Most HR departments are just beginning to acknowledge the need to address these workers in new ways. In fact, ageism is as prevalent as ever in the workplace.

And still, 60% say the most important thing they look for in a job is meaningful work.

Many are looking at next careers or how to evolve in their existing industries in ways that will account for the wisdom and experience they bring to their work. In some forward-thinking organizations mentoring programs have emerged. The roles can be exchangeable too. A unique perspective from a younger worker might keep the older worker up to date on industry trends. In return, the more senior worker can provide advice on decision making or some “been there, done that” common sense.

The staggering numbers and the volume … more

The Modern Elder Academy

I attended a two week beta program at The Modern Elder Academy.

The program was presented in three pieces:

  1. A look at what made you who you became and are now.
  2. A, no kidding, nine hour ‘vision quest’ alone in a teepee in the desert – which I saw as a reset.
  3. How you’d like to construct what’s next for you.

It didn’t hurt that it was on a beautiful beach on the western Baja coast in a spectacularly appointed compound.

I wrote about the experience in my Forbes series.


Letters To Elvis

I’ve had the email address elvispresley@gmail.com for a long time. I get some interesting mail from time to time. Some highlights are archived here.

June 24, 2019

Come on Elvis,,,you owe nothing to MJ or Prince it was your friend HRH that help you pull it off! It was not the President of the United States conniving with the media to help those two disappear! Please help the American people in their struggle with the fake news and come on out and tell them the truth!!!

Attend ka rin ba mamaya sa Live Webinar Workshop natin Elvis?

April 12, 2017

April 10, 2017

Première réunion de l’année 2017

January 9, 2017

(no subject)

October 20, 2016

Hi there Elvis,

its me
Tangela in Denver
how’re you? Txt-msg me direct **** seven zero 9 four two one four 2 seven

Use me as your vessel

August 20, 2016

Attention Elvis Presley Elvis A.k.a. Patrick M Reilly and Jessie my name is M and I live in Tampa Florida I’ve been here for the last 40 years! I have had the opportunity of meeting you face-to-face three times. You may not remember but maybe thinking back you may recall visiting my salon at Tampa Bay mall right next door to where your daughter Lisa Marie gave birth to your grandson at St. Joseph’s women’s hospital around the same time. You came in with your partner and I am guessing you were retiring from your undercover work and she needed a new hairdo! Back then you used on me your old trick “when you talk about things that people don’t understand they think you’re crazy” and I must admit it worked! Especially when you told me that you were Elvis Presley and you were not dead! I thought you were crazy! You