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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

The Full Life of a Centenarian

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018   10:14 pm |  Category:   Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

From the time I saw the first airplane fly over my house on the great plains of Oklahoma until the last time I climbed out of a cockpit at age seventy-nine, my passion was flying. Any pilot who straps a single-engine airplane on his back and flies across the Atlantic or Pacific even one time, …more

The Older Man Looking for Love — Why He’s Not Finding It

Saturday, October 6th, 2018   11:43 am |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

A 75 year-old man had been married 40+ years. His wife cooked and cleaned, took care of the kids who are now on their own, and he provided income. They had sex once in a while and took each other for granted. He was content, she was sort of happy and then she died, and …more

September 11th

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018   2:36 pm |  Category:   Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Names!   There were so many names.   My eyes scanned the sea of names etched in stone in front of me. The sound of falling water permeated my surroundings as my fingers slowly traced over the letters on the smooth surface.   I could feel the warm July sun on my back as I …more

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