My mother was an active investor in the 50's and 60' and I watched her activities a lot. Since then, as investing my own & my partner's money, I've learned a lot and am now very active. And since I was not working very much due to a cardiac & lung disability, investing helped me a lot. I had a heart and double lung transplant 13 years ago, and making money for expenses etc. is VERY important to me. Originally from the rural Hudson Valley in NYS, we live now in the Bay Area of California, much more distracting and expensive area!