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Get the Shot!

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I haven’t blogged for about three weeks, but I have an excuse. Can give it to you in one word. Are you ready? Shingles. For those of you who have walked in my shoes, I need say no more. For the rest of you, GET THE SHOT! Actually, I have been journaling. But the pieces […]

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The Journey of the Doll Cradle

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“Why not now”? said my friend Sheryl Bullock who, approaching a 70th birthday, has written her first children’s book. “Why not take what we are learning and do something vibrant and exciting with it.” According to Bullock, The Journey of the Doll Cradle sprang from a 14-month experience as a foster grandmother, a time when […]

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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 […]