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The Long Good-bye

Saturday, October 28th, 2017   9:36 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

Within the period of a little more than a year, I sold my tiny condominium in Southern California, retired, cut my income by a third, moved across the country to a house in central Florida about three times the size of my tiny California condo, bought a mobile home in Florida for my 84-year-old disabled …more

Folk Grow

Sunday, April 16th, 2017   5:07 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

To change up holiday traditions this past Christmas, my husband and I gave the kids (and us) DNA kits at Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t Christmas dinner be fun and unique if we learned something about our DNA and fixed food from our various ethnic backgrounds during the holidays? We could then skip the traditional ham or turkey. …more

My Retirement Plan – Fully Executed with New and Authentic Life Experiences

Thursday, March 16th, 2017   9:25 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

About two years ago, at age 63, I realized it was time to create a meaningful retirement plan. My 30+ year, very rewarding career in sales and management was winding down. My pension was set so I was lucky that I had flexibility.   Retire? But to what? I don’t play golf, crochet, play bridge …more

Crucial Conversations— We’re Still in This Together (continued)

Monday, August 1st, 2016   3:46 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

In a previous post (“Retirement and Good Living” March 15, 2016) entitled Crucial Conversations—We’re All in this Together, I made the case for the importance of discussing your retirement plans with those closest to you. The elevator speech about why this matters goes something like this.   “I’m going to retire. What I decide to …more

Another Year: Another Memorial Day

Sunday, June 12th, 2016   3:22 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Green!   That is what I remember most about that day; the vastness of the empty space, the long trudge to the grave site, and the green lawn sprawling out in all directions. What a lonely place, I remember thinking, for my grandfather to be laid to rest.   I was seventeen years old and …more

Find An Umbrella When You Retire!

Friday, April 29th, 2016   9:51 pm |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

Moving is never an easy activity. When you’ve retired and are planning the rest of your life, it becomes more of a burden—both physical and emotional. On a psychological scale, moving, divorce and death in the family are a three-way tie for being the most difficult of life’s occurrences.   We were quite young (it’s …more

Crucial Conversations, We’re All in This Together

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016   12:25 am |  Category:   Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Almost a decade ago, I was in a retirement life planning workshop. Everyone was asked to share their name and why they were attending the workshop. When it came his turn, one gentleman stood and said, “Hi, my name is Joe Smith. I’m here because I’m retiring in three months and I want to get …more

Getting Better with Age: Women embrace sexual desire and build sexual confidence

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016   11:47 am |  Category:   Health, Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Through the course of research for my book I spoke with 95 heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 about how their sexual desire and sexual confidence developed and evolved during their lives.   As they grew older, women experienced changing definitions of sexuality—both in their own sexual desire and their understanding of …more

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