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The Heartbreak of Living in a Capitalist Society 
I have finally stopped crying so that I can write this posting. I am still angry and sad so maybe writing about my situation will give me closure. …

Being alone can be miserable 
Living alone. Hmmmm. I don't like it. The days are long and I am usually out of things to do by 2 p.m. I have two dogs I walk every day. I work …

Farewell , Teacher Retirement Poem 
I retired from 32 years an educator in Public Schools. I retired in 2008. I wrote a poem at the time and would like to post it here on this site. Farewell …

Retirement Travel (4 month travel plan) 
It is good evening here! I am in India, relaxing in a resort by a famous river in southern India, with my wife. We left the US on July 1st on a four month …

Get Up and Keep Moving 
All I can do is try to laugh at it all, life that is. When I was forced into medical, and stress related retirement 10 years ago, a social worker from …

Teacher Retirement Poem 
For 30 years I taught in school And learned so very much Yes, every single class I taught My heart they would always touch It was more than just …

Work was a previous life 
I retired at 56 after putting in 37 years, took my pension and never looked back. After getting up for years at 5am and getting to bed by 10pm, I quickly …

Retirement Finally Caught Up With Me 
I was in the regular army, then a fire engineer, policeman, long distance lorry driver, and my last job was in media security, and I loved everyone of …

Tired and sleeping many hours a day. 
I just retired about 2 weeks ago. I have been walking about 2 miles a day/5 days a week for several months. But, I am sleeping for about 2 hours in the …

What a year...yikes! 
Retired for 3 years and this has been the toughest... My biological father whom I met 11 years ago passed away before Christmas, we decided to celebrate …

Moving 
I recently moved from Indiana to Las Vegas about 3 months ago to be with my son and grandbaby. I was born and raised in IN and I'm so very homesick and …

Happy Retirement Plans  
I am a 74 year old who belongs to that demographic the federal government calls elder orphans, seniors aging alone with absolutely no family. I spent …

4 days post retirement - thoughts... 
I luckily found this community at a time when I needed to proclaim my intentions and hopefully get support for my decision. Retiring "early" (57) is …

Busy, Busy, Busy 
I took the day off yesterday. I worked the last two weeks trying to rewrite my play (done). The other writing was getting the story of early Buffalo …

Retirement and the weather 
I love ❤️ cold, rainy, snowy days, basically inclement weather! Why? As a golf professional I worked on all those nice sunny warm days taking care of the …

Quiet Time - Good Habit to Follow! 
One of the things I believe we must do daily is to set aside a particular – “Quiet” – time for ourselves. A time when we have anywhere from an hour to …

Retirement: Life Phases Out, Sense of Loss 
My sense about life as we age is that the earlier "modes" of life are mostly all centered around work, career, a home and children to raise. As all of …

Stay Away From Drugs for Depression 
There is a long history of depression in my family and I have struggled with it for so many years that I can't remember how old I was when it all began. …

Oh Wayne - Once a service worker always 
With a full knee replaced, botched shoulder surgeries (3), some stomach removed, head trauma, two hearing aids (deaf without), and still trying to seek …

Retirement is a time to realize that we are in the final quarter of our lives 
Retirement is a time to realize that we older folks are in the final quarter of our lives. Please, don't waste it feeling sorry for yourself. I help …

Making Retirement Losses Tolerable 
I retired on May 30, 2014. I retired early because of severe burnout on the job which caused a number of health-related issues. I had planned to spend …

Retired: Tired and Sad all the Time 
I've been retired almost 4 years now and have been struggling with depression ever since. I was not expecting to feel this way in retirement as I've always …

Retirement - Change? Challenge? - What next? 
Recently, we have been thinking about becoming the reverse of “snow birds.” Snow birds spend the good months (summers) at home in the north and spend their …

Depressed 
I seem to be going thru this right now. I retired over a year ago, and no, I don't miss my job of 32 years at all. I was a Custodial Supervisor at a local …

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Tips for Enjoying Retirement 
Tips for enjoying our retirement should focus on making the most of every day. Always try to plan a day ahead, so you can note any appointments, or …

Retired At 61 after over 41 Years - Not what I expected! 
I have been in the car business my whole life; early on in the retail side with my dad and the last 41 years working for Auto Mfrs. I'm an "A" type person …

Teacher Retirement: Not liking 2nd retirement either 
It is 2am, I'm retired and can't sleep! So glad I found this site! Now I know I'm not going crazy. I retired from teaching in 2013 and a few months …

Retirement Rules 
No matter who reads what I write, I am getting it out. A lifetime of experiences has brought me to this area where nothing matters anymore. All the lessons …

Lost in Retirement La La Land! 
A quick flip through your book, A Guide to ReInventing Retired Life, and it looks very insightful and I believe that you've hit the nail on the head! …

Newly Retired, exhilarated but no focus 
Recently retired from a health professional position after 28 years, most good but some not so good which is why I retired at age of 68. While I am …

Disability: It can happen in an instant! 
My husband and I actually did not prepare for the time when we would be unable to work a regular job. My husband Don had a stroke at a rather young …

Retired, Want to work, but feel it would be difficult to find a job? 
I have a feeling there are people in this forum who would like to earn extra money in retirement but are discouraged from even looking for a job. I agree …

Energy industry casualty  
I was near the end of a great career in the energy industry. Had 32+ years of exciting projects working for a great company with great people. The industry …

Retired Life, Think Frugally!  
My Hub and I retired early(ish). He at 63 and me at age 58 due to a lay off and couldn't find work. He is thrilled and I am still adjusting because it …

Teacher Retirement  
I retired from teaching in 2015. It has been difficult not having a place to go every day and see the children. I missed this interaction the most. …

Retiring early to a happy, stress-free and yes, FRUGAL lifestyle! 
I am retiring from a job that I have never liked or felt comfortable with! Bad boss, poor working conditions, stress and nothing in common w/co-workers. …

Pack Rat Alert!  
Been retired a year and few months and decided I simply had to address the need to simplify life. I mean who needs 3 very large closets full of career …

Lost my Identity 
I had many jobs before I worked for a major food corporation in food products Research and Development for 18 years. It was incredibly interesting …

Isn't what it's supposed to be - UGH 
My story was a horrible end to 2016. I'm now 65 and he is 67. First my hubby had to have open heart surgery the beginning of January. We got through …

Wendy's Big Shift Adventure 
I attended The Big Shift Experience, hosted by Bill Baren, in San Jose CA, March 2017. it was good... approximately 600ish people attend and I am glad …

Retirement: Sleeping too Much! 
t's now been a month since I retired from a very stressful job in the education sector, I am 64. I have worked since I was 15 and still feel that I …

Question about 'snowbird retirement' in another country.  
I have a question about the feasibility of spending three months each year in a warm, low-cost country (e.g. Mexico, Central America, or Thailand). …

I hate retirement, also. 
I had my own business, which I wanted one of my adult children to take over on a part time basis. It was the kind of business that would have allowed …

Nothing worse than retirement! 
I worked in MI Dept of Corrections for about 28 years, following my Dad, uncles, cousins, etc. I was a very secure job and I enjoyed it. As everyone …

Freddy the Fireman seeks advice... 
So... i find myself on the verge of retirement. I work a physically demanding job, and have the opportunity to retire in 3 months, or in 3 years. …

Choosing Tranquility to Enjoy Your Retirement Life 
Several elderly men, all residents of a retirement home nearby, were in the park sitting around a Chessboard. No one seemed interested in playing. To break …

The Parental Squeeze 
After retirement, I went back to work part-time for a few years. But then, my parents' health demanded my attention. So I am now part of the squeeze …

Take age for example 
Steven Essa recently wrote “Nothing sells like proof.” Steven is one of my internet mentors. His sentence was included in one of his recent memos. …

Does Gender Make a Difference? 
I have read many of the accounts expressing both positive and negative aspects of retirement. I am interested to know if you think females have fewer …

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Working part time 
Money is no issue but money is always an issue. I retired / downsized almost eight years ago. For the first couple years I drew unemployment and slid …

With Retirement Comes "Frugality"  
Learning to be frugal isn't easy....it takes one step at a time. Being frugal does not equal being cheap. For example, I love eating out but soon …

We've hit the brick wall 
I am the wife of a retiree. We are both fairly young. I am 57 and he is 61 almost 62. He retired last year in March (worked same job for 40 years) and …

On a merry-go-round and can't get off 
I retired 5 years ago (64 years old) due to a health concern and am having the most difficult time dealing with this transition. I worked for G.E. …

I Will Leave This World Knowing My Adopted Daughter Is Secure 
At the age of 44, I had an 11 year old daughter that begged for a sister. Well, by that time, my baby factory had become a museum :-). I could no longer …

Plan B (the rest of the story) 
It's been 2years since I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. We decided to sell the beautiful cottage where we spent many summers with our sons and …

Being Alone Can be a Good Experience 
I have been reading stories on this website for a few months and I have noticed a common factor among many retirees. Retirement, whether voluntary …

Wow what a transition! 
I never did figure out what I was going to do with my life, one day my Dad walked into the Army recruiter and figured it out for me (at least he thought). …

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL 
I sure hope i'm not the only one that can relate to this post. I was reading through some of Wendy's super-wise advice and I ran across these words: …

Getting started on my dreams 
I retired from teaching last school year after 35 years. Teaching just is not what it used to be! I miss the children, and some of the staff, but I am …

Retirement: What keeps me up at night? 
I'm Bill O and I am 88 years old/young. I live with my daughter and two mid twenty year olds and her second husband. They both lost their spouse to MS …

Newly retired, hits and misses 
I was lucky to be able to retire with almost 40 years of work and only 55 y/o. The problem is that when I finally retired, my husband's job relocated to …

All of life's doors are not closed after Retirement.  
Look at it as time to tap into your creative side... A few months after my retirement, I became depressed. What did I do? I found myself a therapist …

Widowed: Now What? 
So often I get your bulk emails in my in box. I never felt motivated to reply, frankly I simply did not pay much mind to those emails. You asked how …

Year Since Retirement  
Retired after 4 decades in the school business with the last dozen being a superintendent. Living on the family ranch but feel like I have lost my identity. …

Giving myself a kick in the a.. 
I retired when I was 62 (3 years ago). My husband is same age and retiring next month. We are making big life changes by moving from the rainy west coast …

Retirement Boredom 
I had planned all of my working life to enjoy retirement. Working provided no rewarding experiences for me, it provided a roof over my head. I saw massive …

Retired at 61 because of health. after 2 years I continue to go down hill. 
I drove cross country truck for 38 years. At 61 I had to go on insulin so by law I could no longer drive. I have 80 acres and many things to do. From …

Retirees: Caretaker Opportunities for a new lifestyle! 
Hey Retiree! Do you know that many larger homes, ranches, parks, farms etc. hire caretakers for their property? They do! Do you know that many actually …

Retired, Only son and his family 4000 miles away! 
I am researching this topic to help with my dilemma and it is comforting to know that I am not alone. Although, my situation seems to be a bit more extreme. …

Retirement Boredom: One Tiny Thing 
I’m planning on stopping teaching this spring after over 25 years – I will be almost 65. The reasons are mixed and complicated – physical health and burn-out …

Retiring at 55 
Some would say retiring at 55 is early, but I had worked for 35 years for the FEDS, and ended up an an It support tech with alot of fun and alot of stress. …

RETIREMENT 
I actually retired 3 years ago; I had a successful dog sitting business. It was not really full time. What has complicated my retirement is that …

3 1/2 years later 
Hi this is Linda -- I lived in Pa. and moved to Ca. Living in Pa all my life this has been a real challenge for me. I moved here to Long Beach in April …

Free Meditation App 
I've been listening to a free Meditation app on my phone, called INSIGHT TIMER. You can also listen online here: https://insighttimer.com/meditation-app …

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Forest Bathing in Retirement 
Have you ever heard the term "forest bathing"? Neither did I, until quite recently. My friend, Ute, lives in Cleveland Ohio and loves the area where …

Forced Retirement 
One year ago I was a CEO of a non for profit mental health organisation. I enjoyed my work and had been there for 8 years. The board of directors pushed …

The latest medicare/Social Security idiocy 
I retired July 1st of this year at the age of 70. I was notified that my Medicare Part B premium was going from $121.80 to $134.00 which is $12.20 …

Update on retirement at age 56 and now at age 78 
I was able to cash in 2 life insurances because all my kids are financially secure and doubled my money. I bought 4 homes at a modest price, increased …

Sold my Business at 56 
I retired at 56 after having sold my business; sort of a "forced" situation. This was right before the financial crisis of 2008, so the timing turned out …

Alone Over the Holidays? Share your ideas! 
Alone Over the Holidays? How do you Stay Happy at this time of year? What do you do to bring a bit of joy into your life? Being alone over the holidays …

Thanksgiving: Are we missing out in Australia? 
Are we missing out in Australia? Whether or not we are retired, at about this time of year, I'm beginning to feel that those of us who do not live in America …

Share Thanksgiving with Those Not So Lucky... 
In many of our houses, we celebrate Thanksgiving, which conjures up all sorts of visions, smells, and laughter it centers on family, friends, football, …

Top Ten Thanksgiving Movies 
Hey - Thanksgiving is only a week away! Why not find a good movie to watch or share with others? “Certain things leave you in your life and certain …

Laid off @ 57 
Hi all, I worked in television for 30 years. I was recently laid off and I fell into a fairly bad depression. I wasn't planning on retirement for at …

A, B, C's for Seniors... The New Aging Alphabet! 
THE ALPHABET A is for apple, and B is for boat, That used to be right, but now it won't float! Age before beauty is what we once said, But let's …

Work Defined Me 
I was let go from my facility a year ago at 58 in a Restructuring (the new term for layoffs). I was a department director and enjoyed my work and co-workers. …

Christian Death and Prayer 
Recently, we attended a Catholic funeral service for a woman who died in her sleep... the priest said something like: "Most of you think its normal …

Save Your Marriage from Divorce 
Today, I am writing about how to save your marriage from a divorce. I really hate the idea of divorce later in life... but it happens even after retirement. …

Hey Retiree: Unleash Your Creativity 
Hey Retiree: Unleash Your Creativity and Think! Do you ever feel stressed, overwhelmed, or boxed in? Developing your creativity is a great way to break …

Rikk's Halloween Memories 
I am writing this post on Sunday, October 30th.....one day BEFORE one of my favorite days HALLOWEEEEN! Today is the day that ALL the grandchildren trick …

Why do I constantly get asked...have you found a job yet??? 
I can't seem to find the answer as to why friends and former co-workers keep asking me if I found work yet? Why does a retiree have to work? …

Stuck in the Past? 
Dear Retiree: Are You Stuck in the Past? Let's Turn Your Life Around Today! Everybody experiences rough patches in life, and this is especially true …

Retirement Sucks 
Retirement so far sucks big time. Most likely because it wasn't my choice. (laid of from BELL) So I am desperate to find a new job and taking antidepressants …

YOU can Change the World 
ME? Change the WORLD? Surely You Jest? Seriously, you can change the world right around you... every little bit counts! Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be …

Retiring from One Phase of Life to Another 
My name is Gladys and I retired six years ago with so much excitement I shouted it out to the world. I love not being on a schedule but like many others …

Retired Early and Miserable 
I took a voluntary redundancy from the public service at age 50, after being there nearly 26 years. The workplace had become toxic and my manager was not …

Unwanted Retirement Advice 
Hi, I too am suffering from a very difficult adjustment, or buyer's remorse, as another blogger had called it. I retired primarily b/c of some chronic …

Deciding whether to retire?? 
I'm currently out on disability for a broken foot. I am also in need of back surgery. I'm 64. Financially I need to work but, emotionally and physically …

Recently retired, now have buyers remorse 
Hello my name is Mark. I recently retired from the public school system here at age 60 with 22 years of service. I had originally had intended to stay …

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RULES FOR AN EXCELLENT RETIREMENT 
1. It's time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don't just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get …

I Feel Like God Is Laughing at Me 
Like so many other people, I was laid off from my job because of a company buy out. I, too, did not plan on retiring until I reached full retirement age …

Helping Hand 
My wife passed away just over 4 years ago. I moved to another state and met a nice lady there. We got engaged, but not getting married or moving in. …

Retired for One Year 
I retired a year ago (I'm now 57) due to ill health. I haven't yet gotten to that zen retirement state that everyone seems to talk about. This is hard! …

Life after a lay off 
My story is like many people my age. I was let go when the company I worked for for over 20 years was sold. At 61 I had hoped to work a few more years. …

Gray Power: Get Out and Vote 
I have observed there are many movements in America today, however I believe seniors might get left on the outside looking in. As a result through …

Forced Into retirement  
I was forced into retirement six weeks ago at the tender age of just 72 after 56 years of full time work of one sort or another. I have tried hard …

Sometimes You Have No Choice 
I am now 64 years old, but I retired eight years ago (at 56). I retired not because I wanted to or even planned to, but because I had to. I had a good …

Just finished working! 
Excellent site- hello. Summary of events; Not so much retirement but constructive dismissal! Although grievances were not upheld and dismissed I decided …

Lessons Learned Later in Life 
I was an HR Manager for 36 years at a major corporation and always felt like my job was to help the employee, not the company. But for the last 10 …

Re-Incarnation... What Are Your Thoughts On It? 
Do you believe in re-incarnation? I've always felt that i have lived before, in another life. A few things lead me to believe this. First, i have …

Retirement: Who Am I? 
Who am I really? Who am I when I no longer work for a living? I have been taught to define myself by what I do, so who am I when I stop doing whatever …

Cat Tales and Pussy Willows 
My cat has no problem with retirement. In fact, he retires most of the day, taking catnaps wherever and whenever he feels like it. He does not suffer …

New Job! 
Today I was hired as a "companion" for a well-to-do couple who needs someone to be a "friend" to her 93 year old mother. Believe it or not, the mother/mother-in-law …

One week into retirement 
Retired at 61 from the federal government service and am now one week into retirement after 43 years at work. Not missing work one bit. Went through …

Disability 
I have struggled with chronic depression all of my life. It began to affect my work and two years ago, I was told I was taking too long to be effective …

Senior Fun... 
This is what all of us 70+, other seniors, and kids (south of 60) have to look forward to!! This is something that happened at an assisted living center. …

Healthcare Executive, suddenly retired... 
I am a health care executive who was let go after a buy out of the company, I had been with for 20 years. My reduction in force was cold and direct. "We …

Retirement is a journey --- looking for my next stop. 
I retired at 63. My husband was beginning to show signs of cognitive decline and my company offered a retirement incentive so it seemed like a no-brainer …

Blonde Joke: Easter Bunny 
Someone sent this to me and I simply can't resist passing it along here... yes, I am blonde! GRIN! ----- A man is driving along a highway and sees …

40 years in teaching and 4 weeks to go 
OK...I have no idea if I'm actually ready but I feel that at 66 in two months I might as well. I mean I can't possibly be teaching anymore. I Love …

I am Lost. 
I retired from a high level state government job about two years ago. Unfortunately, I retired from something, not to something. I am not a hobby person, …

My spouse is excited about retirement - I'm dreading the years of boredom 
I will retire in October at age 51. My spouse is retiring this August at age 60. We decided to retire about 18 months ago. We will relocate from …

Growing Old... A Privilege 
I have been sitting here pondering what to do this new day given to me…and such a sunny day! as i age, i am thankful for each new decade i get to experience. …

Ten years into retirement and still have no idea how to be retired!  
The fact of retirement is there is no set rules for retirement...which on one hand is nice, then again frustraing. One has many talents at the retirement, …

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Standing in the Doorway 
I have just recently retired after 40+ years in the building business. Going on month 5. After sitting in the captains chair for 25 of those years, …

Retired but not really bored 
I retired in Jan 2015. I am not really bored. I have hobbies. I work in my big yard. I paint on wood and sell them, not daily but by mouth and on fb, I …

Retirement: Should Be Happier 
I retired from my second career on April 1st. Career #1 - US Air Force; career #2 - University of Connecticut. I turned 60 two weeks before I retired. …

Retirement: Why do some struggle and others just thrive? 
That is the BIG question, isn't it? Sandy, a reader, asked me privately " Why do some struggle and others just thrive? I replied that I really don't …

9 months to go 
Hello, I am a Special Education Program Coordinator in the Ministry of Education here at one of the small Pacific island nation. I have exactly 9 months …

TOO YOUNG TO RETIRE? 
Wendy, I have a granddaughter, Karyn, (far right in the picture) who is 41 this year and struggling with fibromyalgia. She is a qualified Registered …

Surprised at my own struggles and learning what to expect 
Hi, I lost my mom nearly a year ago and, not too long after, I decided to take early retirement because money wouldn't be a real issue. I retired last …

Retirement blues 
I retired 8 weeks ago after 18 years of working a job that sucked the wellbeing out of my soul. I have a small pension, no health insurance other than …

If Only! 
As many of you know, I have written a story or two here about retirement and so I decided to share another of my takes on the subject. I have entitled …

Happiness  
(Author Unknown) We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then have another. Then we are frustrated that …

Women: Plan for Increased Retirement Costs vs. Men 
We don't have to be reminded of the differences between women and men. It's all too well known. However, not enough has been written to alert women about …

WRITERS' PLAYTIME 
Some years ago -- about 35 as I recall -- I started a group with the above name. Our activities took place at a local seniors' centre and it was advertised …

Retirement: An Adventure in Life 
I was "encouraged" by member(s) of management to accept the Buyout package and to consider it as an "early retirement". I took a couple of retraining …

Retired: staying in same home and pay off credit cards? 
Hi All: I have lived in this home for 25 years. Now my son lives 4 hours away, daughter 3 hours away, driving, and I have one son staying with us. …

Retirement: I am perfect exactly as I am 
I am neither too much nor too little. I do not have to prove to anyone or anything who I am. I have come to know that I am the perfect expression of the …

Preretirement anxiety  
My name is SAM and I am very nervous about retiring as a public school teacher for almost 32 years. Almost my full self esteem has been wrapped up …

Life After Divorce 
My husband retired at 60 as I did, then he left me after 38 years marriage. I was hoping we were going to travel more as the children had left home. …

Thank You Hospice! 
Mom was in the hospital a few days this week, another fall. She was sent home as part of the hospice in home care group. A big thumbs up to this organization. …

Retirement: iPlan B 
Do you have a plan B? When we retired I thought we had a pretty good plan. Buy a small townhouse and live in the summer cottage (in the UP) the rest …

A Slight Detour 
I needed a half a dozen items from the grocery store. It is only four blocks to the store so I usually walk there. So I grabbed two bags ( I use the material …

FUNNY: Windows vs. Ford Motor Co 
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), …

St Valentine's Day 
As St Valentine's Day draws near, you find piles and piles of chocolate boxes displayed at the entrance or a striking spot of every department store or …

Almost my last walk 
Not a very nice day today, but I had to go to the bank. It is a cool 30 f. with drizzle on and off and gusty winds. There were lots of big puddles on …

Little Visitor to my Backyard 
At the back of my house is a tiny backyard. Every year in early winter we used to have a little visitor to this yard, a butcherbird. When she came, …

So glad to find a place to write!! 
Since I was in second grade of school, I have written. I have worn many hats in my 73 years....done many things, known fascinating people. I am eternal …

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Greyhound, by Harry Chapin 
It's nice to hear from recent retirees. Whether the decision to retire was yours or others, we all have thought about it and hoped it would bring great …

Happy New Year! 
REPOSTED from the RETIREMENT COMMUNITY: If I had to write about things to take into consideration as one enters the New Year that is ahead of us – several …

From 66 onward 
As many women of my generation, I waited until my children (2 girls) were in high school Until I began to work full-time as high school librarian and …

Memories Of Thanksgiving November 2014  
Memories Of Thanksgiving November 2014 I am fondly remembering the last Thanksgiving my husband and I happily shared together. At the time little …

Things to Ponder in Retirement 
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300. or a $30. watch - they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a $300 …

God's Plan for Aging 
Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and …

First Few Days of Retirement... 
I know too many details can bore you dear reader, but they are important to this story. I also promise these events really did occur. I promise some …

I do have a story, my book Mountain Ash 
Just before my husband died. my life story was published by Xlibris.com. It is self published because I had to write it at 3 am in the morning since …

Losing things... 
This week I lost two things that are important to me. First, my credit card. Second, my cell phone. Which makes me think I'm in real danger of losing a …

Retirement and the Remote Control 
The TV remote control is a necessary evil nowadays. When I was working; I watched the news in the morning and at night then finished the evening with …

The Golden Age 
Old Age is Golden, or so I've heard it said, But sometimes I wonder, as I crawl into my bed, With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup, My glasses …

Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be 
I worked for 40 years. The last 30 for the USPS. Post Office jobs pay well and offer a pension, but the work is very repetitious and sometimes mind numbingly …

Need Cataract Help... 
I have a question that retirees might help me answer. I have the beginning stages of cataracts. I have use a big magnifier to read anything. There …

My retirement has gone to the dogs! 
I have love, lived with, and buried 4 husbands in the last 45 years. You would think, since my husbands ranged in ages, I would be prepared for just about …

Cancer? What do you mean I have Cancer??? 
Hi Wendy and all my retired friends. Some time ago I wrote to you talking about Feeling Wretched and got so much great responses from everyone here. …

Death and Grief 
This was written in October 2015: As many of you know, I lost a good friend, Phyllis, in September. I was with her all summer as life slowly slipped …

Holy Cow! It's been a rough road! What do I do now????? 
Holy Cow! It's been a rough road! I hope I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel (or maybe that's the light on the train, right???) I adopted 2 …

Not all I hoped for 
Retired after 44 yrs of periodontics and dental implants. Practice started to slow down so thought it was time. Loved my patients and my staff! Took …

Retirement - I have arrived! - Good or Bad? 
It's been a year tomorrow since I lost my husband. We had such great plans for retirement and now I am facing this alone. The past year was truly hell …

Pre retirement stress 
I am suppose to retire in seven weeks. I will be turning 62. If I worked for at least another 4 years I would probable feel much better about it for …

Retirement Depression: Aha moment! 
My Aha! Moment came when I discovered this website. Depression, that's it. Since my retirement I was tired, un motivated to get up and do all those …

Retirement is Not what I expected 
I worked for almost 43 years in a high stress atmosphere. Never was one of those guys that loved my job but I didn't really hate it either. At first …

Black Holes 
I retired after careful planning at the end of July,working hard for 50 years and thinking I had it all worked out....alas I find retirement is unbearable …

BIGFOOT IS ABROAD! 
I read a short article the other day that finally confirmed my worst suspicions. Motherhood makes your feet bigger. The article didn’t say why motherhood …

Yesteryears Parents Lost In The Darkness Of Old Age. 
Within this modern day and age, it is strange how the dark memories of yesteryear comes to light in one's days of old age. As per my quote; "The loneliest …

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The nightmare of retirement 
I dreamed of retirement for years. I am (was) a free-lance writer with over 200 articles and one book published. Mother & I were best friends & we …

Could have planned better 
Just before my 65th birthday, I decided it was time to retire. My husband had been happily retired for 8 years and I thought I was ready to join him. …

Could have planned better 
Just before my 65th birthday, I decided it was time to retire. My husband had been happily retired for 8 years and I thought I was ready to join him. …

Just starting the journey... 
My name is Elana, and I am about to retire after 31 years as a NYC elementary school teacher. I am not being forced out, but I am unhappy with the current …

Worse blunder of my life 
I worked in dietary for hospitals, nursing homes and some restaurants all my life .It was hard work but I did fairly well. Wanted to retire early so like …

Busy and blessed 
I retired/was unemployed six years ago, a carpenter by trade, as well I write for the local paper and have for 25 years. Anyway the first couple years …

How to get all my benefit information organized 
My oldest son has been questioning me on getting my event of death in order. I have a grave but live out of state now. There are decisions to make as …

Who am I? 
I just retired after about 33 1/2 years at the post office. I hated getting up at 300 a.m. and I hated being trapped there eight hours a day and I was …

Retired after 35 years in law enforcement 
Greetings. While I am sorry to hear of the anxiety and depression that others have experienced, it's good to know that I am not alone. After an active …

I really like this website. 
I didn't know that I would have to work at being retired. I was kind of relieved to know that other people have to work on themselves when they retire. …

Why is everyone so down on retirement? 
I'm sort of surprised to read a lot of these comments, and saddened that so many people seem to be at such a loss during retirement. I retire next year. …

My life changed at a traffic light 
I had a thriving home inspection business. I also owned an inspection training school. Life was was good up until I was rear ended waiting for the traffic …

Your Witness: what does any one life really mean? 
I retired a year and a half ago. My wife didn’t. She is two years younger and seems actually to like work, or perhaps needs it to stay busy. I didn’t …

Lost in the Future of Retirement 
I shall be retiring next year (2016) and don't have a worthy clue what to do post-retirement or how I would respond to the stateless state... Well meaning …

Life's Threesome Story. 
A positive start always ends at a peaceful and loving ending. Hi, so great to be back from my victorious journey of motivational Life's Threesome …

Things To Do if You Feel Like Nothing is Working Today ... 
This was a Facebook Post by Ken McArthur and I asked for permission to post here. Please read to the end -- and if you are someone who is at the end of …

What's next?  
Hi I retired in December and I am 60. My husband retired in January and he is 62. We always wanted to retire early and our last employer we worked for …

A positive mind is a mind of creativity. 
Growing up in a home of struggle and poverty, taught me one great lesson, and that is to fight for what you believe in. Walking the difficult road …

Early Retirement 
I was able to take a disibility retirement after 20 years of service with State Government after going into CHF. I was single and 50 years old when this …

Re-invent, Not Retire!  
Hi- I am a 66 yr old retired teacher. At the moment I am a bit lost - feeling isolated and very anxious and depressed. i have always been the life …

Another retiree 
I just had my 63rd bday. I guess I am Dave 2 from CA. I retired from the military 20 yeas ago and retired from the local government agency in 2013. Loving …

I believe in being honest. So, here goes everything......... 
I'm 64 years old. Back in 1969, after high school, I tried to join the Navy but they classified me as 4F. I had problems with epilepsy. This angered me …

The Mind-Set of Retirement 
When your retirement becomes inevitable, either from voluntary choosing your date for leaving your life's work or by having that date forced upon you through …

Saying Goodbye 
I certainly have said my share of goodbyes in my life.....to many in fact to number or remember. My first "goodbye" was my paternal grandfather, probably …

There is a world out there 
I've been a member of this general group for quite a while. I also go to the local dogparks regularly to bring my dogs and I listen to retired people there. …

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Close to Retirement... 
Hello - I am closing in on my retirement within the next twelve months, so I am looking to start preparing, and meeting some friends to share some time …

Has anyone used aflac? 
When i gets time to put in for medicare at 65 has anyone also used aflac for the parts instead of the parts? for me this is so confusing. i pay …

Part D Prescription Drugs: Warning! Don't make the same mistake I did! 
Being lucky to have extremely good health, when I enrolled in Medicare, I did not enroll in the part D Prescription Drug coverage. I hadn't needed any …

Trucker: Lost my job @ 61 
Drove a semi-truck all my life, worked for fedex freight for 18 years. Can you imagine for 34 years never had an accident and then had 3 incidents …

Speak Out! 
I wrote this two months ago just for my own satisfaction, but recent experience made me want to share it. I hope you all enjoy! SPEAK OUT! Christmas …

Retired for 12 years and love it...except for one thing 
I retired back in November 2003. I had retired early due to two reasons. I had suffered an injury doing my job in 1997 and never fully recovered. I …

From Fire Inspector to What? 
I worked for 25 years as a Fire Inspector for a community of 70,000.00. With significant public responsibility and identity. I was planning on retiring …

Senior Dating Ads 
Senior Dating Ads You can say what you want about the South, but you've never heard of anyone retiring and moving North. These are actual ads seen …

Iwo Jima and Other Battles 
February 19, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of the Pacific island Iwo Jima. It was the most bloody battle of the Pacific theater with …

Why I Like Retirement 
Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep …

Retirement: Not as great as I thought it would be! 
In March 2014 I retired at the age of 63. I couldn't wait for full retirement age. After 40+ years of office work I was burned out, fed up, tired, …

Retirement: I am a miserable wretch 
Hi everyone, my name is Soky and I am 66 years old. I retired from the Department of the Navy after 37 wonderful years. I am and have always been a city …

Concept of "Identity" and Transitioning From the Fairway, to the Green! 
Metaphors.. translate/paint a picture, convey life, at times, better than labeling w/words.? A friend stated, that her mother used to say, "Life …

Dress Code 
I find myself somewhat puzzled by the term 'appropriate for her age'. It seems to me to be confusing, sexist, and ageist. What is appropriate? Who are …

The Times They Are A Changing 
** Posted originally in the Retirement Community ** Back in my PC (Personal Computer) days, I took out my microphone (included with my $700 Gateway; …

Retirement: I thought it was just me... 
I came to this site in desperation, I'm TOTALLY fed up after 2 years of retirement. I've spent a fortune on hobbies that I've not started, volunteered …

Losing my identity in retirement... 
I was lucky enough to be able to retire from a very stressful job at the age of 58. While I was retiring, and collecting a pension, I knew that I …

Retirement Goals for 2015 
I am going on my 2nd year of retirement. Your latest news letter asked about what goals we might have for 2015. A few years ago I made a permanent …

One month retired - sleeping 12 hours a day! 
Hello all. First post. I retired from a stressful job on Dec 19 after 50 years in the work force (I'm 69). All I want to do is sleep, relax and …

The Best Sermons 
I don't know if these are real life stories or not. But, they may teach you many things in life. Excellent reading. It is my understand they are based …

Considering Retirement at 60 
I can get my pension next year at 60, draw social security at 62. I inherited a little less than 90K last year. I have had double depression and dysthymic …

Stuck! Retired and not happy! 
I loved my work as an advance practice nurse, loved caring for my patients, etc. My husband died unexpectedly in 2009. In 2010 our group lost our …

Making the change to retirement, sucks.. 
Just 27 more days until my retirement date. Its by choice but still unsettling. I found the comment by Dan from MN to be pretty true: "If you want to …

3 years retired and caught the retirement blahs 
I'm 71. I can go to the gym everyday, all day long if I want to. Trouble is I don't want to do anything. Volunteer; been there, done it. paid work, forget …

Premature Retirement 
Hi. I was forced to retire on disability due to severe back and health problems. What I have learned is how unfair it is for people like me, who have …

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My Retirement...... 
Hi Everyone, I am so new here, yet loved the invitation to share....so here's my sharing. I retired in 2007, due my darling Husband's illness. My …

Be a Kid Again... 
Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today. Grow a milk mustache. Open a pack of cupcakes and give one to a friend even though you wanted …

Life in Retirement: Routine or Busy Life? 
I posted this in the Facebook group... after reading all the Home Cleaning on the weekend (or not) replies... I had to know more! I am curious how retirees …

Clean House in Retirement 
I posted this question to my Facebook group... now I am curious for your answers. Will also post the FB responses below too... I am always curious …

I Just Realized Something  
My dog works about 20 hours a week. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the doctor once a year …

The Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge Device (BOOK) 
Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, or BOOK for short. BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric …

To retire or not  
I am planning on retiring sometime this year, it depends on what day you ask me, sometimes it will that day and then I think why? I have two adult children …

An old nurse wants to retire 
I have been a nurse all my working life. I am over retirement age and still work a few days a fortnight and want to stop because all the suffering I have …

Doing something important with the time and talent I have left. 
I am a strange person. While in a class at University of Wisconsin Madison, I learned about hydralic facturing which was then just starting to be used …

Retirees, what do you do with your time? 
I retired after 30 years with the State of Texas in July 2013. I had filed a sexual harassment grievance against my boss 4 years earlier and an investigation …

Coping with Retirement Cynicism 
Excitement! Exhilaration! Freedom! Retirement! Those words describe what you feel as you fervently approach your retirement date. You have earned …

Retirement Can Be Funny, You Know 
Smart Grandpa One day a city police patrol car pulled up to Grandma's home and Grandpa got out of the back door. The patrolman explained to Grandma …

Sittin' on the Front Porch 
This story is so true for me, especially the last sentence. On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and …

Organise Life After Retirement 
I think that it is important to organise a routine for yourself. For instance, I do my chores in the morning - washing, cleaning and cooking. The …

Dog Tails from the dark side 
In my first post to this group I told how, when I retired, I gave myself a gift of a puppy. As background, and after much research on show versus field …

Considering Retirement at 60 
I can get my pension next year at 60, draw social security at 62. I inherited a little less than 90K last year. I have had double depression and dysthymic …

Retirement is fun? 
I sympathize with those people who are having a hard time dealing with retirement. My job was eliminated in June, 2014. I am 65 and planned (tentatively) …

I HAVE EARNED IT! 
In my Twilight Years: As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I can hit the golf …

Life... can be taken away at any moment 
Got this in an email from my Uncle today. Pretty insiteful: I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of …

Dealing with Lyme Disease in Retirement 
I have been two years into retirement, enjoying it fully, when almost three weeks ago I was struck with an acute 24/7 pain in my left upper back and left …

I wonder what it would have been... 
I'm on my second year of being retired and it truly has been a difficult journey. I lost my mother in 2009 and my life took a turn. Although I'm married …

Retiring soon, anxious and afraid.  
Retiring soon, anxious and afraid. My wife of 43 years has progressive aphasia. I will be caring for her and we are going to do as many of the things …

Fear of retirement 
I worked for the schools for 41 years and retired last year. I have always feared retirement. My husband lays around all day sleeping or watching TV. …

Remember distant friends 
Recently (middle of June) I learnt that a penfriend from TN had died in February. Unknowingly, of course, I had sent her a letter the day she died, and …

Fired under Shady Circumstances... 
Hello Wendy, Your site was a sign and a true blessing. I was fired (shady reasons) then oddly told at end of termination I could take early retirement? …

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Triggering event 
So 2 1/2 years into retirement, I was just thinking to myself a couple of days ago, I'm happier now than I ever have been in my life. I remember feeling …

Future plans 
I am 59, have worked for 41 years, have retired with pension and have other income from land and rentals. Per se, we are financially ok. Children have …

Pondering Retirement 
I'm 61, married, a professional, employed, getting weary (of working) and pondering retirement. I don't feel well-informed of the process. Financially …

Help Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment (book) 
Subtitled: Note to God on Growing Old This is a humorous Christian book on Growing Old. The product description on Amazon says: "Like it or not, …

Senior Products: Need Your Help 
My image says it all.. I posted it on Facebook and the Retirement Community and will add any products to this page so it might help retirees find helpful …

Chair Yoga, Retirees! 
We all need to stay active! After watching this short video, I am amazed. These retirees are in their 70s and 80s -- and you only need a kitchen chair! …

A Chinese Pickle – Without The Noodles (part l) 
Mark Twain once said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Retirement can be made easier if you have the right …

4 Months into Retirement - Transition 
Greetings. I have just completed four months of retirement after being on the job for past 43 years in the security and wildlife management scene. …

Do tv shows reinforce our negative sense of self?  
Sad. Funk. Odd person out. Busy but not satisfied at the end of the day. No or little purpose with each day. I read these or variations on various posts …

The first two months - this rocks! 
Well, here I am, two and a half months into retirement and this is what I have realized: 1. All these household activities I planned on doing when …

East meets West 
I was surprised and touched by the story of the General who after a life of service he thought he went form somebody to nobody. The honesty the transparency …

Too young to be old 
After 25 years in the same industry and a less than perfect boss, at 64, I decided to leave with no job, no prospects and only a hand full of savings. …

Retiring Soon 
I am still working but have put in my paperwork to retire on June 1, 2014. I am planning to take some time off before I commit to any activities like …

Young Retiree 
Hi, I am single...which might be a problem, or not. Yes all my friends work. I retired 8 months ago. I had just turned 57 that month. I had worked in a …

How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity in Retirement 
1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars...watch 'em Slow Down! 2. On all your cheque stubs, …

The Packing Fool 
Yes, dear readers, I have become a "packing genius"....I see it, I wrap it, I pack it, I load it. I am considering opening up my own moving company/consulting …

My Beloved Sam 
My Beloved Sam has been gone for 6 1/2 years and there are special times like these that I especially miss him. He had a very deep, quiet sense of humor …

Retiree Writes His own Obituary 
Fox News published this obit and I just had to share with retirees. Walter George Bruhl Jr. wrote his own obit. Walter died at age 80, in Florida, …

Waiting........ 
When you're young and time doesn't matter, one sits around in idle chatter, but when the twilight hovers near, one almost wants to shed a tear. …

Countdown.......1.....2.....3! 
Well,for those that are following Ricardo's "big move", this is an update as we get closer to closing on our new house. We will be closing this next …

Moving Notes, and Sundry things 
As some of you are aware who visit this web site, I am in the process of moving, and with the move, I am uncovering "lost treasures" in this house that …

Attention Blood Donors! 
I've been a regular blood donor for over 30 years but recently I tried something new. Recently, after donating blood, I received a call from a representative …

Greatest Generation - Volunteerism 
There are not too many things I can agree with Tom Brokaw, former NBC New anchor. He and I just don’t see eye to eye on many things. But for the one …

Retirement: A bottle of single malt and a puppy 
What do these have in common? The first was a gift at my farewell lunch, which proves that my co-workers knew me well. The second was a gift to myself …

Now....let us count our blessings 
After having read some of the comments concerning, depression, anxiety, and boredom, I would offer some of my own thoughts on aging, life in general, and …

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Priorities 
Someone recently asked me where have I been - mainly because I hadn’t posted much lately. It is funny how one may think of one’s self as one who …

"Movement At Hand" 
My fellow retirees and soon to be, I write this as I am beginning to gather up our "stuff" and begin a move to a new community, and a new way of life. …

Alone Again...Naturally 
In 1972 Gilbert O’Sullivan sang a song about being alone and was one of Rock N Roll’s top hits for that year. Before delving into what I want to say, …

A Bit Of Prose....Reflections On Mortality 
Death Came Calling..... it knocked hard and long, but finally entered. I was not prepared and did not invite it in. There is no time, no season nor …

Hate Retirement 
I retired at 62 way too young. I went back to work in 6 mo. I am 64 now and still working 6 mo. a year. I still don't like retirement. I live in …

Innovative Boomers Create a Cooperative Householding Adventure 
Amazon Book Link: My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household New Year’s Day 2014 Basking in the warmth of …

Wonderful world. 
It's a wonderful world we live in and borrow during our lifetime, enjoy it to the hilt despite any drawbacks and heartaches we have on the way. I retired …

Finding Myself in Retirement 
In my senior year of high school, 1965, an English teacher told me he thought I could become a good writer. It’s funny how a little bit of encouragement …

What Is A Seniors Lifestyle? 
Many people view the senior years or their "retirement" with some degree of trepidation. When we think back to our parents' generation when it seemed …

Glad I am Not Alone 
I am a new retiree (Oct 30, 2013). After working 20 years at a small company where I was the go to... #2 person after the owner of the company. …

A Defeatist Attitude 
Conversation with myself on Tuesday January 7, 2014: Actually I woke up this morning in the same mood I have been for the past couple of days (down …

You Can't Take It With You 
Here I am once again, attempting to think of an article to write about that affects us retirees and while the subject I have come up with does in fact …

Jumping off a Cliff 
I am grateful this isn't this time two years ago, because I was getting ready to retire in a few days at that time. Little did I know what a challenge …

Holiday Greetings! 
I just thought that I would extend to my "fellow retirees" on Wendy's web site a very happy, HEALTHY,blessed, holiday season. Yet another year is in …

Reflections on Life, and Death 
As some may know, I buried my 100 year old mother one month ago. Her belief in her Creator was great. I came across this piece in her belongings and shared …

Retired Newbee 
I recently had the opportunity to retire after 4o year of working, majority of time was in healthcare. I enjoy some of retirement, definitely in new …

Guilt 
Is anyone else out there troubled with guilt? I led a very sinful life full of horrible choices... and there was no reason for this, I was bright, popular, …

Generation comparison - a baby-boomer's opinions. 
I am aged 58 and one of the post-war 'baby boomer' generation this article refers to. Here in the UK not every family had it easy in the post-war years …

Lonely  
I retired in 1997 at the age of 61 as I got married to my soul mate whom I met in Shanghai during a travel. He had a store in Monterey, California and …

New retiree seeking ideas 
I recently retired I am in the process of reinventing myself. I still miss the workplace, people, structured schedule. I am told this feeling will come …

Content in Retirement 
Terry is married and retired at age 58. He was an Internal Auditor when employed. Employment History I worked for two employers over my lifetime. …

With 2 days to retirement, I am suddenly freaking out!! 
I have finally made it to retirement!! I turned 62 this month and will get a decent retirement pension and social security. I will be comfortable financially. …

Serving God: Bringing His Message to Little Children Part 2 
This posting is an update to a posting where I laid out my retirement plans. What a year I have had. I did retire as of June 1. And now, my life …

Life is Short - Live Each Day...  
I am back after galavanting around the NE for the past two months. While we are still enjoying our retirement, our recent escapades found us remembering …

Greatest Generation vs Baby Boomers 
This is my take on a comparison as a Baby Boomer vs the Greatest Generation. I grew up in a middle class home where my folks provided me a nice home, …

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My retirement journey 
I was forced to retire over two years ago and have been floundering in retirement until the last three weeks. I would get up every morning and try …

Moved into New Retirement, with Challenges 
This website has been very helpful in my retirement. It took me from panic to being able to plan and actually retire at the end of may this year. …

Oldies Radio – and I am One! 
Me? Listening to Oldies Radio? Say it ain't true! My father died in 2005 and was housebound for the last two years of life. When I first fell into …

Retired....what is that? 
I pretty much was directed into widowhood and retirement at the same time. I tried to keep our business afloat but being a construction business I …

Bored Out Of My Mind 
I get up in the morning and the first thought that pops in my head is what the hell am I going to do today? I worked my whole life and retired at a …

Retirement and Change 
One of the things we learn once we retire is that the way our days used to go, meaning the usual 9-5 routine, is no longer an option. It is up to us to …

The Irrelevant Man  
Retirement? I am a male that enjoys tongue-in-cheek humor and I have already retired. But I have an announcement. I have been considering a sex-change …

Online Business, Anyone? 
I am two weeks into a Website Challenge/ Class and loving it! I love being challenged, part of the reason for this website! I need to continue to learn …

What If Retirement Was Called Inspirement - A Time To Wake Up And Live! 
Inspirement Time, a time to shift from Caterpillaring to being a beautiful butterfly and experiencing life in a new and different way.   A way that excites …

Choices 
As retirees we have quite a bit of experience to share with those much younger (some not so much younger) than us. Experience in the form of things …

Life doesn't have to be complicated! 
Yesterday was a great day even though it rained most of the day. I had been putting off getting the car serviced (30,000 mile service) primarily because …

Don't retire  
Hi my name is shirley, I'm 65, and retired 2yrs ago, only retired due to ill health and after my op couldn't face going back to work, so retired but I'm …

Trusting in My Retirement Decision 
I am getting ready to retire... 14 Mondays to go! After reading many other stories of anxiety and sleepless nights I don't feel so unique anymore. …

Ladders and me! 
While sitting here this morning alone with my thoughts, I am taken back to just yesterday while on a ladder scrubbing the back of Unit #62 (our venture …

Retirement...Tme to turn the page to a new chapter 
Well, it is "D" Day at the "OK" corral for yours truly. Some thirty eight years earlier I entered this office as the youngest employee, and now I exit …

Make Retirement a Fun Place to Be! 
I got to thinking last night as we were preparing to call it quits for the evening, what piece of information could I share with those of you that have …

Costa Rica ?? 
Hello new friends I've been retired 2 yrs I'm 56 and very healthy, My bride will retire in 1.5 to 2 yrs and tell them to take that job and …

2012 Resolutions versus 2013 Objectives 
What will I do differently in 2013 as compared to 2012? Summing up my New Years’ resolutions for 2012, they were as follows: Exercise – incorporate …

I am back once again to share a story or two! 
Hopefully many of you that read my blog will have missed reading it as much as I have missed writing it. However, since this is a specific time of year …

Serving God: Bringing His message to little children 
I am a senior getting ready to retire in 2013. I have a long story of being touched by spirit and turning thoughts into action. But here is the shortest …

Retirement: Time is going too fast 
Since I retired I find it hard to find things to do, I have a very small pension so I am quite restricted as to the things to do. Even so I find that …

......twas the nite........before 
....and they heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas To All And To All A Good Night!" Best wishes to one and all who have gotten …

Happy retirement 
I retired as Principal of a Post Graduate Govt. college in Rajasthan, India. At the time of retirement I had some problem with my brain. I continued to …

It's rough out there... 
I had a union job for 27 years with 13 years perfect attendance. I made 21.00/hr and great insurance(that I rarely used ). In 2003 the company filed …

The Christmas Holiday Season 
As with many folks, the Christmas Holiday is one filled with unpleasant memories or unrealistic expectations. It's a time when we tend get in debt or spend …

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Double trouble, empty nest and recent retirement. 
Hi, Just starting to write this helps me some. I retired 4 days after turning 55, this is a good age to leave the fire department, my saying the last …

Enforced retirement 
After returning in February of this year from a holiday in South Africa, I was informed by my new bosses that I could either be made redundant or take …

Retired Traveller 
Age really is just a number. As for me, I was fortunate to have resided in Saudi Arabia for eight years with a great deal of wide-world travel in-between. …

Loving Life!! 
My father always said, "A rocking chair will kill you!" He meant we should never stop being active. He lived what he talked! He walked 7/8 mile every …

Unplanned Retirement  
On September 1, 2011, I was forced to retire from my job that I loved and had defined me for more than 25 years. I was a school bus driver and the school …

Fifty-Day trip of a lifetime!  
There are certain times of the year that it seems a person should not catch the flu or a cold or what have you – why? – because it tends to hang on so …

TIMING 
Well, as they say, "the best laid plans of mice and men." Those that have been following my posts perhaps remember that my final "check out date" was …

What will a smile, an act of kindness, and a bit of humor get you?  
Post for September 11, 2012 I am constantly thinking about what I am going to write as a blog post now that I sort of committed myself (hmmmmm - now …

Gratitude Journal 
September 3, 2012 Having reached the ripe old age of 71 and soon to be 72, I decided to make a list of the many things I am grateful for. First …

Retirement or Life? 
August 27, 2012 In my efforts to post something to my blog site each and every Monday morning, I am constantly reading quite a few “retirement” newsletters. …

Something Different 
August 3, 2012 One of the things I love most about my quest to share information (aka my writing) with you is the fact that it creates within me the …

Burgers & Fries with a Side Order of Laughter 
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn't."  - Erica Jong Whilst reading Irwin Lengel’s latest and masterful …

Chocolate Ice Cream Sings! 
July 29, 2012 This was sent to me via an email and while I made a few minor changes, it sort of explains, in my humble opinion, the way we should look …

"The Pineapple Boat" 
July 26, 2012 As many of you know, we are still into line dancing and at the present are attempting to line dance four to five days a week. Two of the …

Is it procrastination or something else? 
Ever ask yourself the question - Why am I putting off that which I say I want to do and probably can do but never really take the initiative to start? …

Looking toward a Seamless Transition to Retirement 
I don’t have to retire now. I can continue in my present job as a publications editor in an academic institution for a few more years. But I will probably …

Yet another interest I intend to follow up on! 
As many of you can tell that have visited this site, I have many interests most of which are varied. Gone are the days that I used to look forward …

Another way to spend time in retirement 
We recently took a break from our busy retired lives to celebrate the anniversary of our granddaughter’s birthday. She turned the magical age of 18 and …

Death and Your Personal Possessions 
For 30 years, I've collected "stuff". Older furniture that I dearly love, house plants, art products, funky things that adorn my home... I wonder, when …

Teacher Forced into Retirement at 58 
As a teacher, I lived for my high school students. The week before school began I was involved with an involuntary transfer after 24.5 years experience …

Many boring days.,.. 
First, I want to thank the Almighty for my health. It has given me the blessing of being able to work for more than 30 years and enjoy my life to the …

GO -- BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! 
I am 87 years old and just returned from Jamaica. Now, I'm sure there are many that age and older who have travelled and enjoyed it, but for me it was …

Retirement: Newly found time! 
How are you handling your newly found time? The hardest part about getting old is realizing that we can no longer do the things we used to do or …

I am back!!!!!! 
Where have we been? Time to fess up – as can be seen by the lack of activity, I have been remiss in my duties of keeping up with my blog time. It …

VIew from my Retirement Window:
Morning Ramblings
 
As I post this, I too am looking out of my window into my back yard, it is just dawn, the birds are singing,it is cool and refreshing, a bright new day.....as …

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The Second Time Around.... 
In April, or shall I say last month, I had my first opportunity to travel back to my home state of Illinois. I was born and raised in Chicago and have …

Baby Boomer Memory Test 
This is a great BABY BOOMER MEMORY TEST! Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers.. Your mind isn't as sharp as it once was! Grin! There …

2012 Retirement Confidence Survey 
The 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey was published by Employment Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in March 2012, and it's not pretty (as you might expect). …

Is it possible to become a Senior Entrepreneur (Seniorpreneur)? 
At 65 years old, I was almost penniless but definitely LOST not knowing what I should do with my life. I read a book by Colonel Harland Sanders, titled: …

My Retirement 
I retired on November 30, 2007 in the same location where we had been living since June 2005. We moved from Washington D.C. back in 2005 for me to take …

Retirement Agrees with US! 
I spend a lot of time making extra money on the computer. I write articles, and I work on Amazon Mechanical Turk for some extra weekly money, as my pension …

Retirement: How did I have time to Work? 
I must say that I can actually tell you that I don't know how I had time to work now that I am on the rolls of the retired. I retired on November 20, …

Retirement is Great! 
I retired almost a year ago and was very nervous about how I would occupy my time and my mind. Although I felt excited about retiring, it also made me …

Optimism is a gift 
I got hurt a while ago writing short stories, one story was used or as I was written back as co-incidence a TV special was produced with my idea, I got …

Bad Grandma and the Turtle 
I had been neglecting my young Florida grandson. In order to rectify this "bad Grandma" error, I decided to write a story for him. Here goes. When I …

Still searching 
It has been 18 months since my retirement. I spent 37 years as a real estate broker, working with new people almost every day. Time finally caught …

Gone but Not Really Forgotten 
This was a comment written in response to Year Since Retirement... but so well written and thought out I had to share it BIGGER! Wendy Dear Alan, …

Enjoy Your Holidays -- with No Stress. Is that possible? 
While the holidays have the power to bring lots of joyful times in your life, AND lots of lost memories, they can bring on a great deal of stress. The …

Online Business with Income? Really? 
EMAIL QUESTION: Tell me Wendy, can a person really find a part time or full time online business which generates a income ? That is a business in which …

Retired and Bored? Increasing Your Creativity for Finding Interests will Help! 
If you are retired and bored, like so many other retirees, consider Increasing your creativity. WHY? Because it will help you find new interests for your …

How to Spark Your Creativity 
Let me SHOW YOU How to Spark Your Creativity! What? You have no creativity? Yes, you do. Every act you do is created by your mind... even simply repetitive …

Senior Center Day Trips... FUN! 
This week, our family lost MaryAnn, the grandmother of my nephews wife. She had been with us many times, at the kids wedding in Las Vegas, birthday parties, …

Is retirement enhanced by the place in which we have chosen to live? 
Hello everyone. A little while ago, I posted a few comments and questions on how where we chose to live might affect our ability to blossom and enjoy …

Finding Focus in Retirement 
Focus - something that isn't easy nowadays. There are simply too many distractions in the world. Right? Mike, an online friend from the UK, is the Time …

Retirement Update by Jean 
Hi again I wrote some time ago about the possibility of leaving work as we were moving to the coast and it was too far to commute. Well I didn't leave …

Stroke, then Retirement 
A year ago I had a stroke and those changes are challenging but that threw me into retiring from a job before intended. I was 57 at that time and now …

My Thoughts from My Dark Midnight Ceiling 
My Thoughts from My Dark Midnight Ceiling So many words have been written over time that I think originality in a story is merely a disguise of another …

New horizons  
I was sort of forced into retirement sooner than expected at the age of 51. Thought I felt I had more years to offer but circumstances dictated otherwise. …

The Priceless Gift 
Each one of us receive a precious priceless gift of life, and this is the great gift of perfect love. The older we get, the younger this perfect love …

Computer Error / Problem 
As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers. For those of us who seem to be tech savvy, we still encounter problems with computers …

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True Friendship! 
As a author of non-fiction stories and poems, I believe that retirement does not mean one is tired and over the wall. Retired and having the knowledge …

One Syllable Diet  
Syllables play a larger part in my food life than they should. For instance, I’m convinced the fewer syllables the closer one is to nature. For …

The Wooden Bowl 
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. A frail old man went to live …

A retirement poem - may be your story too. 
The White By R.A. James Early morning desk calendar stares me down. Thirty-one squares mark time; golf one day, a doctor visit, a movie …

Retirement Humor 
Over the years I've collected a few quips and barbs about retirement. Rather than keep them to myself, I thought I'd share a few with you to use with …

Hey Old Fogies, Take a Load Off Your Minds - We Ain't Getting Old After All 
This takes a load off my mind and will explain why our minds slow down. Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline …

Retirement 
I retired at age 62 from a government job where I had worked for 33 years in different capacities. I always enjoyed my work and the people but a new CEO …

Don't let FAMILY rule the GREATER 
Part of your life. It is SO much better than our LATTER years. Remember to read and trust---find your strength of the future in Haggi 2:9. I love you …

Social Security, age 62 or 66? 
I'm retired and have been getting SS since I was 62 I get 1,500 SS and 5,000 Calpers, what will my wife get at age 62 or should she hold out for 66? …

Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash  
This book from Amazon really hits home with me... Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and …

RETIREMENT – and the Commercial Enemy Within 
Having recently played ‘catch-up’ with the considerable unopened mails ensconced within my Inbox, my attention was immediately drawn to the plethora of …

Retirement 101 
So for all of the new retirees: Yes, It is normal to feel out of sorts! Here are a few things I have learned in the past few months. 1.Rest You …

THE PLAN 
In planning a strategy for retirement one of the problems I encountered is not having a complete plan and sticking to that plan. Never expect everything …

Feel the dog chasing the car - what do you do when you catch it? 
Like many, have thought about retirement for many years. Have lots of hobbies that I'd like to indulge. Many days I'd be going to work thinking 'if …

Ten Weeks.....and counting 
Ricardo here checking in with all you lovable retirees or soon to be's or wanna be's. It has been approximately ten weeks since I left my position that …

Lavendar and Lace Tea Room 
At times I wonder why I do not get to my writing (you know – writing about all those things one does during these, our golden retirement years) as often …

Something funny to share with retirees! 
It has been somewhat of a mixed-up week and last night I put the finishing touches on a piece I have been preparing to share with everyone here. But, as …

Irwin is back! 
Hopefully many of you that read my blog will have missed reading it as much as I have missed writing it. However, since this is a specific time of year …

Observations......and other thoughts 
Since at this point in my life.....almost in retirement, it will be about six weeks or so, it seems as though I (as well as my other half) are spending …

LIFE 
Relationships in this world change about as rapidly as the weather does. Here today and gone tomorrow! What in fact holds some relationships together for …

Retirement and Time 
Are you wasting time in your own retirement? We only have so many minutes, weeks, months, years left. We cannot buy time. We don't know when our time …

Book: The Power of Self Healing, by Dr. Mancini 
Dr. Phil had the author of The Power of Self Healing on the show. He was treated by him, as a chiropractor, first, in Dallas, and now by an associate …

Boredom and Cabin Fever times a zillion! 
I retired December 2010 at the age of 56 after 22 years of Federal service and prior to that several years of banking. Right after retiring my husband …

Busy, busy, busy! Where has the time gone? 
Where has the time gone? Hey there fellow bloggers! Where has February gone? We are now into March! The fact that we have been so busy since the …

Gordon Kinghorn's Bio 
I am a former member of British Armed Forces and served thirty-four years as an Electrical Engineer - over the last fifteen years however, I worked as …

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Cruising - another neat thing to do during retirement. 
Cruising – something everyone should do at least once during retirement! Well, I am back with yet another tidbit of information about life during retirement. …

PRECIOUS PEARLS OF TIME
BACK TO THE FUTURE
 
SWEET & SOUR MEMORIES. I feel all that is stored in our brain, be it sweet or acrid, after a considerable period, all seems a kind of pleasant one, …

Retirement Move made me Happy 
I retired five years ago from my job as a government prosecutor in Harrisburg, PA. I had long since decided to move "home" to the area where I grew up, …

Retirement & My Time 
After 32 years, I officially retired from the US Postal Service. I thought I would have plenty of time to get done all the stuff that I wanted to do. …

Retirement: Life in the Slow Lane 
Over the past few years, It has been a lot harder to find things to occupy myself with. My day usually starts off the same. Wake up and eat breakfast …

Retirement - The life beyond 
During my formative years, I enjoyed the company of one uncle Tommy; he introduced me to golf and my ensuing passion for the game led to a solid bond developing …

Pre-Retirement:
The Power of Time and Patience
 
This is a Great Retirement Planning Tip... so I wanted to highlight it! If you are still in the Retirement Thinking stage -- read this! It's good! Wendy …

Senior Worries 
No matter where a person finds himself, he always thinks that the “good life” is just around the corner. In high school, he thinks that college will …

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