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The Back Nine

You know … time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of a...Read More

No Crawling Back Allowed

It is a new day and I wake and listen to the morning news with another brutal weather forecast ahead.  I look at my husband and ask, how can we have a positive day when the first words we hear are gloomy?  I do not know about you but I want to crawl back into bed! I am a believer thoughts for which we begin our day is the marker of how the day will...Read More

Shades of Grey

Recently, I’ve seen a spate of internet and magazine articles touting the advantages of letting your hair go grey.  If you believe the media, we Baby Boomers are all about to embrace our inner Silver Vixens, abandon Clairol and L’Oreal, and jointly march into the future alight with the aura of age, sophistication and and sagacity.  Kumbaya!  I’m he...Read More

What Do I Do Now?

In speaking to various groups and consulting with people either in retirement or approaching retirement, one of the common concerns is what does one do in the future? For many of us, our work or family life defines our identity. When work comes to an end or when the children have all grown up and left home, it can leave a void in our lives.  Most p...Read More

How Do Dinosaurs Answer The Phone?

Here is my little kids’ joke-of-the-week, spotted on somebody’s t-shirt.  Are you ready?  What kind of dinosaur knows a lot of words?  Wait for it—–A thesaurus! Okay, you can tell I spend way too much time around little kids, and not in a creepy way.  I’m a children’s librarian so this kind of joke is my stock in trade.  Of course, most...Read More

Gratitude: My Word for 2015

Recently someone asked me to name one word I would use as my guidance for 2015. I immediately replied, Gratitude, because several months ago I came across the Blog, Blooming Humans which suggested that creating an attitude of gratitude can lead to a greater sense of peace. Each day, thoughts on creating gratitude in our lives were presented by the ...Read More

6 Last Minute Retirement Planning Strategies

In a perfect world, everyone would follow a consistent saving and investing plan, allowing them to retire with the same lifestyle they enjoyed during their working careers. In reality, though, many people find they are rapidly approaching retirement age without nearly enough savings. If this situation is all too familiar to you, don’t worry &...Read More

Our 25th Year of Retirement by Age 62!

At the age of 62, we are beginning our 25th year of financial independence. That is quite a feat! From the beaches on Nevis, West Indies, to the shores of Phuket, Thailand we have traveled extensively through these decades, and what a ride it’s been! Young and strong in those early years, we were willing and able to tackle just about anything. Now ...Read More

There To Understand

“We have too many high sounding words and too few actions to correspond with them”—Abigail Adams The English language has many words that sound the same but are spelled in different ways and with a switch of a few letters give it an entirely different meaning.   Just this afternoon sitting at my computer typing this post I am conc...Read More

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