Senior Living

Time to Downsize? 6 Signs It Just Might Be…

Making the decision to move from a larger home to a smaller one can be very hard. Your home, after all, is a source of comfort and is filled with beloved memories. For many, it’s where you watched your family grow. But sometimes you may not have a choice, especially as the years go by. As an older adult, the practicality of downsizing may out...Read More

6 Signs That You’re Ready (Maybe) to Retire Early

1. You’re emotionally ready to quit working You may dream of retiring long before a traditional 60-something retirement age, but be careful about making that leap too soon. If you’re not emotionally ready to quit working, you may not be ready to retire. Remember, both the big picture and the fine details of your financial and emotional ...Read More

Independent Living Communities. Some Pointers To Ponder…

It’s time to leave the rat race and daily grind behind. You’re retiring, and looking forward to the well-deserved golden years ahead. But retirement asks some questions you’ve never had to answer in the past. Chief among them: ‘What do I do now?’ The first Monday without a commute may be even better than you hoped. But...Read More

Annuities: 5 Pros and Cons

At face value, annuities offer a solid deal: guaranteed income for life. But they are not the most straightforward of products. Annuities can be a cash cow for insurance companies and the people who sell them — making it important for you to understand them and trust your source of information. There may be less costly ways to reach the same outcom...Read More

Thinking Retirement? Here’s Our Top 10 Tip List!

Have a discovery phase Call it an assessment, checkup or discovery, but a key part of planning for retirement is taking an overall look at what’s going on. See where your money is invested, check the performance and scrutinize your contributions. Online tools, such as Bankrate’s best retirement calculator or retirement income calculator...Read More

When Your Wife Says ‘THE DEN’… She Means ‘THE DEN’

If you are a married woman, what you about to read may incite a violent action. I’m talking about something even worse than opening the kitchen cupboard that sets off a Tupperware avalanche! “Hello 9-1-1!!! This is Eunice Entwistle calling. I need help! I’m buried in a gazillion plastic containers and mismatched lids. It’s reaching all the way up t...Read More

My Smart TV and Other Oxymorons

I just got a smart TV. It’s an oxymoron (a combination of words that have contradictory meanings) like jumbo shrimp and a little pregnant. Years ago life was simple. There were three national networks – NBC, CBS, and ABC. Trusted names like Harry Reasoner, Barbara Walters, and Howard K. Smith maintained broadcast news standards. Fake news and alter...Read More

Worry-Free Housing

We have the best of both worlds. Billy and I often leave the US for months at a time to visit exotic locations. We set up a home base on the other side of the globe and settle into the local community. Then, due to visa restrictions or a desire to see family and friends once again, we return home to America’s stunning Southwest. We are able to live...Read More

Cass, West Virginia: Steaming Back in Time to the Top of Bald Knob

The Cass Scenic Railroad, part of the West Virginia State Park System, offers a nostalgic and educational train ride back in time. It’s fun for the whole family, not just rail enthusiasts. Cass is an authentic logging town, not an amusement park ride. The town is situated in the mountains, on the Greenbrier River. It is largely intact and looks a l...Read More

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Destroy Your Retirement Portfolio

As your retirement date approaches, be careful. Just as you have a “to-do” list to follow as you approach retirement, you have some “don’t dos” to abide by, or you risk upsetting your carefully laid plans. For example, don’t make the mistake of exiting completely from either stocks or bonds. You should be in both...Read More

How Old Do You Have To Be?

  How old do you have to be to get only one candle on your birthday cake? How old do you have to be before it’s OK to back out of your driveway without looking? How old do you have to be before the only way to find something lost in your house is to buy a replacement? Let’s face it. Life is funny. We have to laugh about things like body parts ...Read More

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