First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGTConsumer Staples: CVS, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, WBAEnergy: CVX, KMI, XOMFinancial: MAINHealth: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCKIndustrial: BA, LMT, MMMREITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTRTechnology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOMTelecom: BCE, T, TU, VZUtilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WECALSO: small stakes in 25 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, DE, EMR, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, QCP, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT. Also an extremely small stake in COST bought the same day as the DG50.Now, a little about me:I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in North Carolina; we have won two consecutive conference championships won the first conference championships - the first two in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball. My wife and I dote on our 6-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.