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The Reader Said I Was Unrealistic

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The reader said I was unrealistic: “Building a custom home is an unrealizable dream for many at any time of life, let alone when suddenly retired without warning.” OK, maybe I was. Maybe I still am. But, five years later, the cash flow is working. Yes, it took some new income streams and some good […]

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Shug and Me

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His mother called him Shug (as in “sugar”). So we all did. And we still do—although his size and somewhat rugged appearance don’t fit the name. Picture the Marlboro man with a few more years and a few more pounds. Shug is one of my oldest, best friends. So when he moved back to his […]

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What a Shipwreck Taught Me about Retirement: Part I

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In 1864 the British schooner Grafton wrecked off the coast of the Auckland Islands. The crew’s story, as told by Joan Druett (Island of the Lost, 2019) became a primer for how to survive a shipwreck. And reading it during the quarantine of 2020, I found a guide to surviving retirement in a pandemic. I’ll […]