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Get your retirement friends in order (Part 5 in the Secrets to a Happy Retirement)

By | 2018-05-31T03:49:30+00:00 May 17th, 2018|

Chances are you’ve been losing friends for years.  Does that sound brutal? It’s intended to sound factual because for most people 60 and over, it’s true.  Let me explain. Kids grow up and we lose a natural reason to play in the yard. After all we don’t shoot hoops or play tag or have a [...]

What Will I do All Day? (Part 4 in the Secrets to a Happy Retirement series)

By | 2018-05-10T14:49:55+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

This is the fourth in a series about the Secrets to a Happy Retirement. 4. Start now to answer the question, what will I do all day? Continued What if we don’t have answer? Or what if our answer will take just a fraction of the 45-60 hours a week we spent at work, getting [...]

What-cha-gonna-do in Retirement? (Part 3 in the Secrets to a Happy Retirement series)

By | 2018-05-04T17:58:16+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

This is the third in a series about the Secrets to a Happy Retirement. 3. Start now to answer the question, what will I do all day? Travel is something almost everyone says. Clean out my closets, garage, shed, etc. is a common answer. Take a class is a frequent response, along with see the [...]

Retirement without an alarm clock (Part 2 in the Secrets to a Happy Retirement series)

By | 2018-05-04T17:54:18+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

This is the second in a series about the Secrets to a Happy Retirement. 2. Know what your life’s purpose will be when you retire. How many of us have dreamt about the time in life when every day would be a Saturday, no alarm, no work clothes, no commute, no rush?  Why it sounds [...]

The National Enquirer Secrets to a Happy Retirement

By | 2018-04-11T14:22:38+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

I used “Secrets to a Happy Retirement” as the title of a recent talk to a local Chamber of Commerce. After all, who doesn’t want to be in on “secrets?” It works for the National Enquirer, so I thought I’d try it as a headline.  During that presentation, I described my thoughts on the key [...]

Lessons for us all for happy retirement

By | 2018-04-11T14:22:38+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Retirement-ing at its best There’s nothing like watching retired people live a vibrant, interesting, humorous lives. I was treated to that experience a few weeks ago when I visited cousins in Naples, Florida.  When I started this blog, I knew I eventually would share the stories of people like you and me who were doing [...]

Paul Simon and Elton John say hello to retirement

By | 2018-04-11T14:22:38+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 | 2018-04-11T14:22:38+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 | 2018-04-11T14:22:38+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 [...]