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Share the Hope!

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If you’re finding hope through my words, please know that I first found the same through the words of others. Which is why I’m asking your help to share hope with new readers. Here’s how: Write a review on Amazon. Rate my book and share a line or two about how it is helping you (believe […]

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Burned Toast

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My brother Craig loved burned toast. At least, he told Mom he did. For the record, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was just currying favor with the chief cook and chauffeur. Well, it worked. He did seem Mom’s favorite. And she did burn a lot of toast. It’s easy to see why now, […]

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The Best Retirement Gift EVER!

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I once received the best retirement gift ever. I’ll share it with you, but first this: With 10,000 Baby Boomers a day turning 65, a lot of people are buying retirement gifts. On Amazon the most searched phrase regarding retirement is “retirement gifts for women” (100,900 shoppers used the wording last month), followed closely by […]

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Fun Retirement Jobs

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Instead of “easing into a ‘leisure only’ stage,” author Robin Ryan wants retirees to move to a “new fun job and leisure stage.” “Retirement,” she says, “is not an extended vacation.” You need to “retire to something.” I like that, especially the “fun job” part. And the best thing about Ryan’s book is she gives […]

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Constructing a “Don’t Do” List

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So I’m doing my traditional New Year’s assessment—seeing what got done last year and thinking about what needs to happen in 2020—and I had a thought. Maybe the most important thing is not what I put on my “to do” list but what I leave off. Because, it’s obvious; I can’t get ALL these things […]

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My First Book Reading

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Had my first reading last week. It took place in a small room in a small bookstore with a small crowd (can you call 10 a crowd?). I loved it. I used to tell students that you never know what you have written until a reader tells you. So authors live for reviews and comments. […]

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The Moon over Santa Fe

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The moon over Santa Fe—I consider it a retirement perk. Not that I didn’t visit my favorite New Mexico city pre-retirement. I just didn’t go as often, didn’t go on weekdays when crowds were smaller, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t spend as much time noticing full moons rising above the plaza Christmas lights. Maybe […]

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A Not-So-Timely Update

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OK, so I’ve been neglecting this blog. Why? Well, would you believe writing teachers get writers’ block the same as our students do? Oh, I have excuses, but—truth be told—they’re the same “dog-ate-my-homework” variety I used to get in my classes. Truth is I haven’t come up with any cool ideas—so in lieu of a […]

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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 […]