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Reader Comments

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Here’s a place to tell me what you think or maybe ask a question. Just post a comment in the box at the end of this message. Following are a couple of comments from first readers: “I loved the honesty…Questions asked. Fear and uncertainty uncensored..but most of all…Hope. Look forward to talking more—Debbie “The word […]

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My Sophisticated Marketing Plan

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I’ve got good news and bad news about the book. But, first, let me tell you about my marketing plan. I have a very sophisticated marketing plan for this book, and I thought you might want to see it.   Write a book about what eluded me in the first days of retirement. Write about […]

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Forgotten Dreams

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What am I working on? What should I be working on? What do I want to be working on? The questions from Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal Notebook, got me thinking. So I took a few minutes and made a list. My answers to questions A & B were remarkably alike. It seems […]

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Creativity

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“Creativity, like play, can turn an old person into a young person,” wrote Dr. George Vaillant. In his book Aging Well, this practicing psychiatrist and professor at Harvard Medical School went on to define creativity as “putting something into the world that was not there before.” I like that. Makes me think of gardeners or writers […]

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Book Cover Contest

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You’re looking at the cover of my new book, which, hopefully, will be released soon. For today’s blog, I propose a contest. Assuming this gal is at or near retirement, who is she, and where is she going? You can be serious or a little crazy–most of my FB friends are 🙂 There will be […]

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Chasing Jake

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He chose to make it a game. Not me. Because sprinting up and down our long hill is not something I find appealing. Walking is OK; maybe even jogging. But one can’t catch this two-year-old at jogging speed. So I scold him. “You’re going inside. If you can’t stay in the yard, you can’t be […]

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Opportunity Cost

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My friend Steve the Economics Prof calls it “opportunity cost”—the value of what you could be doing if you weren’t doing what you’re now doing. Clear? Opportunity cost is what made me miserable during the first months of retirement. I missed the students (a lot), I missed the familiar schedule and I missed a budget […]

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The Tale We’ve Been Landed In

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“I wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into?” asked Samwise Gangee of his friend Frodo Baggins. The heroes of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings had been discussing characters who did “brave things in the old tales and songs.” Sam and Frodo used to think these famous protagonists had chosen their adventures. Now that they […]