Life Lessons

Need a Lifestyle “Do-Over?” Here’s 8 Great Steps – Just for Us!

Here’s a truth.  It’s simple.  After Fifty, opportunities for “do-overs” are few and far between. A friend colored my hair for me. Kind of a friend.  And, thank heavens I know someone who can strip out this awful color.  Ahhhh, thanks for do-overs!  But other situations, sometimes with far reaching implications, just can’t be R...Read More

Fraud Happens. To US. Here’s What to Watch For…

Seniors lose $36.4 billion each year to financial abuse — $16.8 billion of which comes from deceptive investing tactics designed specifically to take advantage of older Americans.¹ Also known as “financial exploitation,” this type of investment fraud is defined by the use of misleading language to obtain account information and permission to access...Read More

Personal Capital – Lessons from Living the “Village Life”

Over the last three decades of financial independence, Billy and I have done some extensive world travel. While we have seen the large cities, the amazing architecture, eaten in some of the finest restaurants and enjoyed museums, plays, and concerts, generally, we are attracted to Village Life. It might not be that different from the neighborhoods ...Read More

Creating Happiness 100 Times Over Again

Recently I read an article about happiness and how we can increase its presence in our lives. Preventing Adaptation is the Key to Happiness The premise of the piece was that frequent, small pleasures increase our happiness level far more than one big pleasure. We adapt to a big pleasure until it becomes routine for us, so the new car we were so exc...Read More

3 Tips When It Comes To Money and Our Adult Kids

  –  Millennials are navigating a tough job market and a post-recession economy –  Financially supporting adult children could deprive them of “teachable moments” –  Sharing your experiences is an invaluable way to teach fiscal responsibility     You probably talked to your kids about money when they were younger — ...Read More

Time to Edit?

Do you live in black & white? Maybe it’s time to edit – add color to your life. The French call it joie de vivre. Las Vegas holds a “life is beautiful” festival every year. Mallory Hopkins wrote, “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” Wear purple sneakers with hot pink trim. Look at our peers – George H.W. Bush celebrate...Read More

It’s a Lifestyle – Not a Vacation

Ever wonder how it was for us in the beginning of living life without a paycheck? In 1991, we understood that we were retiring with the idea that we would not be returning to work. If we had to, we would, but it was not part of the plan. We were not taking a break from work, we were leaving the working world all together. It was a little unnerving ...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

Where Angels Gather

Nowhere is God’s grace more evident than when a Hospice Angel walks through the door. When Tom’s daughters had a heart-to-heart talk with him last April, he was the picture of a man at the end of his rope. Five months of caring for his wife, Jenny, had kept him awake most nights. Occasionally he catnapped in the afternoons, but it was n...Read More

Feeling Disappointed

I used to feel if I was stranded on an island for two weeks and did not have access to a telephone, television or computer that I would go stir crazy and have an anxiety attack.   Thinking about it clearly, I am realizing that maybe all these devices are actually causing me stress. Let me explain: ​While I am not a huge television watcher I do enjo...Read More

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