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When should you leave?

Friday, May 17th, 2019   7:08 pm |  Category:   Life   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

“There is a trick to a graceful exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over – and to let go.” – Ellen Goodman   I am not exactly sure when I personally decided to retire. I think it was when I had received an …more

Lets Hit the Road to Where?

Monday, May 13th, 2019   11:08 am |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

~You cannot discover new roads until you’re willing to lose sight of your front door~   Since retiring, do you plan for your future, or do you go-with-the-flow? Rob and I decided when we got married thirty-some years ago to never plan too far ahead. Why? Because every time we planned, something else would come …more

Celebrate Older Americans Month – May 2019

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019   4:19 pm |  Category:   Health, Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

May is Older Americans Month! Each year, the Administration on Community Living (ACL) within the Federal government sponsors this month of recognition with a theme that changes from year to year. Whether you are one of our more than 49 million older Americans or if your aim is to join their ranks in the future, …more

The Emotional Cost of Retirement

Thursday, March 14th, 2019   8:36 pm |  Category:   Life   |  2 Comments  | 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

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