Hi! My name is Brant Huddleston, born 1956, host of this podcast and blog for active, older adults who want to thrive well into and even past their sunset years. Thriving in the second half of life means living better, staying healthy, having more fun, enjoying peak life experiences, and discovering meaning and purpose.
As a member of the so-called Generation Jones (in-between late Boomers and early Gen-X,) I am chin-deep in all the issues that affect my generation ~ staying healthy so I can travel, caregiving an elder parent, being there for kids and grandkids, deciding future care preferences, and how to pay for it all.
On each show, I interview an expert who shares best practices, tools, tips, and technologies for how to make the rest of our years the best of our years. We even learn about end-of-life and the afterlife…subjects many are afraid to talk about.
Often practical, sometimes thoughtful, always upbeat and lively – it’s all here for free, for your benefit and enjoyment.
Wherever you are in your life journey, I’m here to help you keep on dancing well past sunset!
Please get in touch!
Favorite Essays & Stories
“From Carolina to Mesa, Arizona: A Caregiver’s Journey” with Dale Gyöngyös
As caregivers, we are lost so many times and we struggle. One hears about dealing with aging parents, but experiencing it. So hard. Thank you for choosing Dale. The perfect person with the perfect heart to share his story in an articulate, compassionate and honest way.
“How Boomers Can Live on less than $2500 a Month” with Dan Prescher of International Living Magazine
Seventeen years ago Dan and his wife Susan Haskins left snowy Omaha, Nebraska and have lived south of the border ever since, enjoying the sunshine, great food, low prices, and comradery of other International Living ex-pat boomers.
“The Whole Cup of Life” with filmmakers Sara Feldmann Sheehan and Bobby Sheehan
Film makers Sara Feldmann Sheehan and Bobby Sheehan discuss Mortal, their documentary addressesing the fundamental issues about love, living, and what makes us human.
“Three Near Death Experiences; One Abundant Life” with author Robert Kopecky
Not one, not two, but three Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) taught author Robert Kopecky and thing or two (or three) about the afterlife, and more importantly, how to live in the present with abundant joy, humility, and presence. Learn about life after death, and how to experience heaven without really dying.
“New Rules for End of Life Care” with Veteran Hospice Nurse Barbara Karnes, Part 1 of 2
Barbara Karnes is a wise and compassionate Registered Nurse who has been present for hundreds of deaths. Today she writes and teaches families in non-medical language for families how to experience the death of a loved one, because with knowledge comes understanding, and understanding reduces fear.
“And in the End, the Love You Make” with David Dedrick from Compleatly Beatles, Part 1 of 2
It’s safe to say that the Beatles were one of the most influential and innovative rock bands in the history of the genre. In this show we learn how losing friends affected their lives and music from David Dedrick, one of the world’s leading Beatles experts. Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two of this show!
From time to time, I am fortunate to be interviewed by others, or have my work published by others. Here are some of those:
- Listen to Dr. Jan Freed interview me in January 2022 about leaving a legacy.
- The 500 word essay, entitled The Smell of Childhood, was graciously published in November 2021 by the Modern Elder Academy’s Wisdom Well, a place where people in the second half of life can “cultivate and harvest” their own wisdom in ways that serve them and their communities.
- Adventure Freaks with vidcaster Ré Esordi interviewed me in August 2021 about how fate and choice worked together to land me in Turkey. For a more complete story of how that happened, read my essay How an American Guy in his 60s Landed in Turkey.
- Here’s an August 2019 interview I did with Lisa Jones back when she was host of the Exploring Death podcast, where we talk about dating in your sunset years. I was feeling giddy that day!
- I was interviewed in 2018 by my good friend Brendan King for the first episode of his Calm Every Storm Podcast. Listen to it here.
Books by Brant
For Christmas 2018, my brother, a pilot with American Airlines, gave me a gift that became the experience of a lifetime: 12 months of free travel anywhere American Airlines flies.
Thus began a year long journey that took me from the rocky coasts of Portugal, to the hot sands of Morocco, to the mangrove swamps of Panama, with many places beyond and between. In cheap hostels and the backwaters of the nomadic milieu, I discovered a treasure chest of colorful and fascinating people. I tell their stories and a bit of my own.
The trip became as much a spiritual and emotional journey inward as it was a literal outward one, and found me in a place those of you who are in the second half of life are likely to recognize.
With references to the philosophies of Carl Gustav Jung, Jesus, Bob Dylan, and the Buddha, Blue Skyways is an international romp by a man in his 60’s with not much more than a pack on his back, and still much to learn.
A suspense/thriller novel!
When a psychology doctoral student Brian Drecker uses advanced software to analyze dreams from around the world, he discovers odd patterns that cannot be explained. Where one person's dream ends, another's begins. Unique objects appear again and again...even though the dreamers are complete strangers.
Drecker discovers the patterns form a map pointing to an ancient, lost object. Soon after, he is mysteriously murdered, leading his deadbeat brother and estranged wife on an international race to find the treasure, and the murderer. Along the way, the troubled couple are opposed by dark forces of the religious underworld, who launch a global pandemic to ensure the map of dream's secret remains lost forever.