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The Emotional Cost of Retirement

Thursday, March 14th, 2019   8:36 pm |  Category:   Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

Needless to say how you deal with closing that door from your work life actually defines you in a different way.  Every retirement book I had ever read was right . . . During our journey through life work shores up our identity, anchors our private and social life, defining us to the world.   …more

Never Would I Have Imagined

Saturday, March 9th, 2019   4:58 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Relationships   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

One question I’ve always had trouble answering is, “What is your long term plan?” I can organize and implement everything from a small task to a large-scale international project as well as anyone, but setting and achieving 5-year goals for myself is a real stumper for me. Given my history, it makes sense.   My …more

Simplify …

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019   5:47 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Spring is just around the corner! Depending on where you live, you can feel it in the air! South Carolina’s weather is fighting for spring to spring forth! I’ve done most of my downsizing and as you recall, I closed my last blog sitting on our patio, admiring the sun set over Lake Murray, asking …more

Downsizing … What Now?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019   3:52 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Happy New Year! After weeks of packing, unpacking, moving furniture around several times a day, tossing, and donating, I feel like these two REDs* are happily settled in our cozy condo on Lake Murray.   New Year’s resolutions? I gave them up years ago. I’d make lists, and then forget where I placed them. However, …more

Tips For Old Guys Looking For Love Online

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019   10:24 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

What is perceived as criticism or negativity is hard to take but sometimes, telling it “like it is” is the only way to tell it. Trust me, you will be offended by some parts of this essay and that’s okay. Grow up and take it like a real man, if you know what that means. …more

Are You As Financially Prepared for Retirement As You Think?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019   8:49 pm |  Category:   Finance, Health, Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

You saved carefully and invested wisely. You believe your plans are in place, and your nest egg is in order. You feel financially prepared for the years to come. But have you considered your medical expenses?   All too often, retirement planning is focused on wealth management—a good thing in and of itself. But medical …more

What Now?

Friday, December 21st, 2018   12:42 am |  Category:   Life, Travel   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

Like me, you’ve probably asked yourself, When did I get old enough to retire?  I still ask myself, When did I get old?   My husband Rob of thirty-one years and I met and married in our early forties. We have a blended family of two sons and two daughters, but through the years we’ve …more

Asian Servants

Monday, December 17th, 2018   9:28 pm |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

During the 1970s in my international banking career, my wife and I lived in Southeast Asia for five years—two in Jakarta and three in Singapore. Returning to the States, we found that friends were curious about servants and assumed they were like those in PBS British dramas. Before arriving in Jakarta, we had hoped our …more

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