Elderhood can be as much fun as childhood.
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Toys, Tools, and Tals

Children enjoy life most when they're playing, a form of learning. Toys help them play better.

Adults enjoy life most when they're productive. Tools help them do it better.

Elders enjoy life most when they're transferring wisdom. What do we call things which help us do it better?

We don't. Without a word, we can't discuss them. That limits our enjoyment of life.

Because we have the words "toys" and "tools", we have been able to develop excellent items to enrich the lives of children and adults. We need a similar word for elders.

Our new word for items which help elders transfer wisdom is  "tal." (rhymes with pal) Tals are to elders what toys are to children or tools are to adults.

Now that you have the word, you'll start noticing tals like children notice toys and adults notice tools.

Of course, children don't just notice toys. They play with them. As you notice tals, you'll use them. They will enrich your life as they help you enrich others.

When a child uses pencils to build a tower, he's using them as toys. When an architect uses pencils to design a building, she's using them as tools. When elders use pencils to write memoirs, they're using them as tals.

You'll recognize your telephone as a tal - and your e-mail. You can still  use them as tools, but you'll have more fun when you use them as tals.

Playful children have lots of toys. Productive adults have lots of tools. Successful elders have lots of tals.

While children look forward to visiting a toy store, elders can feel the same about a tal store.

Well, you can crank up your smile, because you're at the tal store!

All the items on the right will help you distribute wisdom. Use them to make your elderhood as much fun as childhood.

When you do, you'll notice a dramatic boost in health and happiness. That's your signal that you're doing the right thing.

If you think of a tal that we haven't listed, please tell us about it. Maybe we can offer it here soon.

Welcome to the Tal Store

We only sell tals, items which help elders transfer wisdom. For more information about tals, read the "Tal Tale" to the left.


Shopping at the Tal Store

When you see an item you'd like to have on this page, click on its picture or its price. You'll transfer to a shopping cart where you can choose the quantity. From that page, you can either return here to continue shopping, or pay for your items with a credit card at a secure site.

We usually ship orders the next business day. Your credit card statement will show a charge from Heirloom Stories™, the parent company of Elderhood.com

If you prefer paying by check, please e-mail us.

Thank you for visiting the Tal Store. Have fun shopping for, and especially using, your new tals.


Why is shipping free?

Because you deserve it. You're a retail customer. When you shop in local stores, do they add shipping charges? Of course not; the retail price includes all costs.

If you purchase a dozen or more of any item, we can give you a 20% discount, but we'll add our shipping cost. E-mail us for details.

We deliver free to US destinations. Books ship by Media Mail, pins go First Class. For $2 extra, we'll ship books by First Class or Priority. If you enter an order for delivery to another country, we'll e-mail you for approval of shipping charges before completing your order

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Wearing  this pin encourages children and young adults to ask for stories.

You'll have a great time talking about the old days, but the main thing the young folks will learn is how to think like you. That's where the wisdom is.

When children hear their elders' stories, they learn how to act like adults before they turn into them.

When children of the first TV generation reached adulthood, they had to "find themselves." Why? Because TV can't take the place of elder stories. Your stories are a vital link in your family's Chain of Wisdom. Don't let it break on your watch.

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Wear this pin when you'll be around adults and they'll remember that elders are an excellent source of advice.

There's a good chance you've experienced whatever troubles they're wrestling with. Even if you didn't have the problem, you probably knew someone who did.

You don't have to know everything about everything to wear this pin. It just says, "Elders have answers." It doesn't say anything about the answers being correct!

The real benefit of your advice is the attitude, values, and beliefs woven between your words. They come from your lifetime of learning and transfer to the listener as you speak.

Anything you say will help the advice-seeker ... and you! Giving advice makes elders feel great.

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Conversations between elders often turn to physical problems. Maybe your friends don't realize these are only problems when they're trying to be productive, the focus of adulthood. Health "problems" often turn us into better storytellers and advice-givers, allowing us to enjoy elderhood better. And when we do that, we get healthier.

Wear this pin when you'll be with elders and you'll get to tell stories of elderhood, second puberty, tals, the Chain of Wisdom, and other topics that have recently energized your outlook on life.

... and don't forget to tell them about elderhood.com

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Set of three elderhood story-starters. One for children, one for adults, and one for elders. 

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Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son - by Rick Kamen and Jack Kamen

43 elder-stories from Brooklyn in the early 1900s. There are stories about pushcarts, the first radios, Model Ts, outhouses, iceboxes, chicken markets, and much more.

You can't read one of these stories without remembering one of your own. When you do, stop reading and  write your story the way we write: short, in the first person, and ending with a twist. Send copies to your grandkids and you'll be entertaining and educating your descendants centuries from now.

Writing these stories added at least 5  years to Jack's life and centuries to his memory. But the most important benefit was that it felt great. More about Jack.

Read sample stories here, here, and here.

Read what readers are saying about Harnessmaker's Son here.

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This is the same book as above, but delivered by First Class or Priority instead of Media Mail.

Within Southern California, Media Mail is often as fast as First Class or Priority, but for cross country deliveries, especially near the holidays, the upgrade can get the book to you two or three weeks sooner.

Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son
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**Soon to be released**

Claiming Elderhood 
- by Rick Kamen

Claiming Elderhood will reawaken any elder's zest for life. In short, simple, humorous, but logically sound articles, it introduces new and useful concepts for elders like:

**Soon to be released**

  • Second puberty
  • The Chain of Wisdom
  • Elderhood
  • Wisdom flags
  • Natural behaviors
  • Our missing wisdom genes
  • Psycovites
  • The elder role for health and happiness
  • Creating opportunities for natural behaviors
  • Tals you may not have noticed
  • and much, much more.

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