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Paul Simon and Elton John say hello to retirement

By | 2018-03-16T15:32:48+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

The recent retirement announcements by Paul Simon and Elton John are remarkably similar even if their music isn’t. Both are leaving their careers to spend more time with their families. Photo by David Shankbone For Elton, the pop/rock legend, it’s the two children he and his partner adopted a few years ago that [...]

Eliminating that hang dog feeling in retirement

By | 2018-03-06T15:32:09+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

Lowering cholesterol, preventing allergies in kids, relieving depression and loneliness. Pets can do that? Really. My investigation into the benefits of pet adoption started after I walked into a pet store two days before Christmas last year.  You can see the results of that visit in the photo of me and my daughter along with [...]

Retirement Friends, Are they silver or gold?

By | 2018-03-06T07:12:32+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That's how long, I will be your friend. Did you sing that song as a kid?  I did. It’s a beautiful thought, friendship having no end. One of the unavoidable aspects of growing [...]

Retirement Tip: Dr. Seuss your year

By | 2018-01-22T17:43:52+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

January often feels like a new pair of shoes. Oh, the places we’ll go. A few years ago, I started using an annual planner to map out the milestones for the year—vacations, parties I’ll host, seminars, classes—those sorts of things.  It gives me focus and even can be a pick-me-up on a blue day. Looking [...]

Sending memories: A promise I’m making myself in retirement

By | 2018-01-22T18:02:47+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

How many Christmas cards made to your mailbox this year?  If you’re thinking, “Not many,” I’m with you. Paper cards sent with postage stamps have gone the way of the wired phone…or have they? On a pre-Christmas post office run last month, I saw a friend in line ahead of me buying 300 Christmas stamps. [...]

You do what? Retirement Coaching revealed

By | 2018-01-08T17:15:38+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

Few people do what I do, and most people have never heard of it. I explained #Retirement Coaching recently in this essay that appeared in a newsletter. A financial planner wanted his clients to understand the concept.  Now, I want to share it with you. Remember the old car company slogan, “This isn’t your father’s [...]

Retirement dilemma: How to downsize when no one wants your stuff

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:34+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

Nobody wants our stuff anymore. That’s what the headlines are saying as people downsize in droves.  My informal survey bolsters those reports. Many of my friends are having trouble foisting off the china, silver and any number of other family treasures.  My own daughter doesn’t want ours. I downsized about a year ago. When I [...]

What if you get out of joint in retirement? Or “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:34+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|

A successful, retired surgeon was lamenting this morning about cutting back his tennis schedule. We were at a social event at the tennis center when he asked about what I do as a Retirement Coach. He focused intently as I described the process of #retirement coaching and why people would use my services. It is [...]

Retirement: Volunteering on the move

By | 2018-01-06T06:21:49+00:00 December 26th, 2017|

Since my blog a few weeks ago, I have been inspired to uncover to volunteer opportunities that allow us to learn while we work.  In other words, how can we give our time in ways that return more than a routine volunteer experience? One way is through voluntourism, which the dictionary defines as, "tourism in [...]