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Can’t Get Enough of Christmas

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Not even mid-November and stores already decorated for Christmas. But if you think I’m going to complain, think again. You see, I love all things Christmas, even the commercial stuff. If Wal-Mart wants to deck the halls with reds and greens and play “Jingle Bells” in July, I say, “Go for it.” I don’t even […]

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A Ghost Story

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“Come on Mike; you’ve slept through the carnival.” As I tried to clear the cob webs from my brain, my brother Craig’s words seemed to come from a different world. “Let’s go,” he said, “they’ve already started trick or treating.” Still groggy, I scrambled into my costume. I had missed the town’s Halloween Carnival; I […]

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Questions about Blogging

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Tomorrow, I will teach a class about blogging, and I need your help. I want to know why you read blogs. Do you read about topics you like? Do you follow friends? Do you read for information, entertainment, inspiration, all of these? What makes a good blog? New info or insight? Humor? Honesty? What about […]

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Keep Your War Stories

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“Finally, I will have a war story,” I told myself early yesterday. Seriously, all my friends have them—tales of knee replacement, hip and shoulder replacement, ankle replacement (did you know they replace ankles?). These people spin their yarns with all the drama of war veterans, looking admiringly at one another as they explain in detail […]

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Book Signing Drama

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Now that the book signing is over, I’ll let you in on a secret. Half a week ago it looked like there would be no books to sign. Evidently, Hurricane Dorian interrupted service at the Amazon distribution center in Charleston, SC where my books were printed. When I ordered two weeks ago, my delivery date […]

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Does It Really Help?

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So I’m sitting in my 2006 Tacoma pickup in front of one of those drive-through oil-change places, and this young man pokes his head in my window asking if I want the more expensive oil for older vehicles. “Older”? “Yeah, have you driven more than 75,000 miles”? I glance at my odometer that registers just […]

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Isn’t That the Point?

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“But isn’t that the point?” My friend was responding to my reply to her question. She wanted to know if I was enjoying retirement, and I answered that I didn’t like the inactivity. “But isn’t that the point?” In the conversation to follow, her assumption was that one works hard for 40 or 50 years […]

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Wish I Was Hiking

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Facebook is making me sad. Because most of my memories this time of year point to a hiking adventure, most with students and most on New Mexico’s Mt. Wheeler. But I have no such plans this year. I guess it’s because the hiking buddy pool was much larger when I spent my days among 20-somethings. […]

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The Mattering Test

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Dr. Nancy Schlossberg called it “the mattering test.” In Revitalizing Retirement, she wrote, “Leading a successful retirement is about much more than money. It’s about feeling you matter, that you are and will be noticed and appreciated.” A psychologist who has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Schlossberg said if you […]