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Irwin Lengel

Introducing Irwin, writing about his semi-retired life so you can learn more about his personal version of retirement! His words made my heart sing:

"Just let me know where I go from here and hopefully we can bring some interesting retirement issues to other retirees thus making them laugh, smile, know that they are not alone and that others face similar problems as we work our way through these golden years."

Irwin also has his own blog at: Lakeland Musings -- if you think he's written oodles below, there is more on his blog!


Check out Irwin's first book on Amazon here! 

He wrote the book and published within 30 days using my Kindle Course!

When you read Irwin's background story: How To Cope... (submitted weeks before he decided to blog here), you'll see why I am amazed this man wants you to know you are not alone -- and how he views his retired life as "Golden Years".

Very Inspirational!

Introducing Irwin Lengel from Lakeland, Florida

Written by Irwin:

While we have been retired for fifteen years now, it wasn’t our intention to retire so young (young by today’s standards of the retirement age). After dodging the bullet, so to speak, through many downsizings, my number had finally been called. That was back in 1995.

I was able to secure another job, at a much lower salary (what else is new) only to find out nine months later that they too were in a down-sizing mode and yup, you guessed it, they used the philosophy: “Last in, First out” and once again I found myself unemployed.

We took it as a sign, downsized our home and moved on to other things in life, and truly haven’t looked back. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were living in Lakeland, Florida.

My reason for becoming involved with writing this blog is because I enjoy writing and find it very therapeutic. Writing enables me to clear my mind and sort of forces me to look at the bright side of things.

I wasn’t always this way but a life-changing experience back in 2004 made me look at life from another perspective and it is through this medium that I will attempt to share some of those moments with you and hopefully enlighten you that while sometimes retirement may seem to be the beginning of the end, looked upon in a different light, you will find that retirement can be a new beginning and one in which we come to hope that we have as many years ahead of us in retirement as we did when we first started working. Enjoy!

Read Irwin's Retirement Thoughts here!!


What is a Drabble? 
Seeing that I missed my weekly deadline to post an article here, I decided to share with you yet another writing endeavor I became familiar with while …

Be True To Yourself 
I am impressed by those people who have taken the time early in their lives to find a hobby. Many of us are so set on making a living and seeing to it …

A Child of the 40's 
A child of the 40’s trying his best to smile, laugh, joke or whatever to get through each day in this crazy mixed-up world of ours. Looking online at …

Playing Around With Words 
One of the things I have tried to do with my writings is always find something funny to write about. This can be done in many ways – a funny story, a joke, …

Sleep... 
"A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower …

Dumb Things to Do When Retiring 
Either before we retire or after we have retired, sometimes we sit back and ask ourselves foolish questions – you know dumb questions about how our retirement …

Lessons About Getting Older 
Spent the day assisting my son and daughter-in-law moving boxes around in their basement and carrying others up to the first floor as the movers placed …

Why are we always so busy? 
This morning as I sit here pondering on what to write about for my next article, I think of how busy we sometimes are and wonder why that is? After all, …

Happiness 
Have you ever wondered why some individuals spend their days with a frown on their face? Well I have and I guess if I were to be honest with myself, I …

Rants and Raves of an Old Fart  
One Man’s Opinion What follows are various thoughts that ran through my head as I was sitting here at the computer deciding on what it is I wanted …

Humorous Side of Colonoscopies 
For those of you that do not know it, March has been designated as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. While I am not one to jest about the seriousness …

Aging and What We Do as We Age 
As I lie in bed this evening waiting for my wife to put drops in my eyes for Glaucoma, my eyes glance around the room taking in the various things we tend …

Reading is a Good Friend 
Why do we cling to so many bad or maybe bad is too harsh a word – let’s say, unproductive habits. Not too long ago I read an article utilizing the following …

1012 Months 
A recent article I read about comparing our lives in months versus years got me to thinking about my next post and what follows is my take on this interesting …

Twenty Years is a Long Time 
Will Rogers once said, “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” The average …

Later in Life: Who Has Your Back? 
This Stage of Our Life As I sit here enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day, staring out the window watching a squirrel scavenge the feed from …

What I think about getting old! 
It has been a while since I posted anything here and that is because I am actually on vacation with our son and his family in California. But, being …

More thoughts on the aging process 
Picture if you will that it is a gorgeous sunny day and you are about to embark on your usual morning jaunt in the park, a morning run on the beach, or …

Change of Pace: Good News 
Did you ever wonder if, by chance, one day you would turn on your television set and see nothing but good news? Same holds true with news seen on your …

How do we know we have reached senior status? 
Well, one way is when we realize that our paycheck was once twenty-five bucks a week and Uncle Sam required that we only pay $.25 in Federal Taxes. …

Passions 
Passionate – emotional, ardent, intense, as a passionate desire Other words to describe passionate are: Fervent; ardent; zealous; loving; obsessive; …

What if? 
If asked, what would you change if you could live your life again, how would you answer that question? Think about it – it is an age-old question and …

How to remain happy throughout the time we have left 
Have you found that the older we get, retirement tends to undergo several changes. Whether you have retired five years ago or fifteen years ago, at one …

How to remain happy throughout the time we have left #2 
One of the fun things we truly enjoy about retirement is the fact that we can pretty much pick up and travel to wherever we want to go (within our budget …

Communication 
Lately there is a lot of talk about how our high-tech toys are taking up too much of our daily lives. This is probably true for those individuals that …

Eavesdropping  
How many of you watch the TV series “Person of Interest”? I have this theory that once we see certain things on TV, it is only a matter of time before …

"Retirement and Change" 
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” – Rita Mae Brown One of the things we learn once we retire is …

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? 
Remember the expression “the glass is half full” or “the glass is half empty”? At this point in your life which expression do you lean towards most? …

Time to make someone smile and perhaps use your brain! 
From my perspective: It has been a few weeks since I last posted something here on my blog-site and while part of the reason for that was that we were …

Change and how we adapt to it! 
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." -Grandma Moses (1860-1961) We have been retired now sixteen plus years and still going …

Letter writing - Is it a lost art? 
I recently received a card with a brief handwritten note inside it from my kid sister who lives about 1200 miles away. She is one of the few relatives …

What is old age? 
What is old age? Here I am almost 73 years of age and to some individuals I am considered old. In today’s world I guess that means I am a “senior citizen”. …

Retirement Fun: Amateur Performers 
Today I will share with you a brief glimpse of the fun we have performing for others in our role as amateur performers be it line dancing or amateur actors …

Start Today 
Recently I came across an expression that I heard when I was much younger but never put two and two together to figure out what it was they were talking …

Another fantastic day in the life of a retiree 
Successful day at the church luncheon. Our performance went off without a hitch. Then it was off to our clubhouse to set up for our third annual talent …

Sleep Habits 
My mind drifts to the remarks my wife makes when she knows that I had only slept a few hours the night before. She worries about me in that she feels that …

Old Age  
Today I feel like discussing the subject of “old age”. Much of what I write about comes to me by reading numerous studies on countless subjects many …

First day of retirement! 
Your first day of retirement starts out at, let us say, 6:00 a.m. and hopefully, even though you would like to keep them closed and get a few more zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s, …

Retirement: Lakeland, Florida! 
And now a little about Lakeland... Welcome to a brief history of Lakeland, Florida, the city where we live and play approximately four to six …

How to Cope! 
Having been a fairly healthy male for sixty three and one-half years (June 2004), learning that, not only are you in need of a three-way heart by-pass …

Life As I See It! 
Life, one can only envision how it will be We are born, develop, grow, mature, age, and die Along the way we love, marry, raise children, and make friends …

Gratitude Journal

A Defeatist Attitude

Is it Procrastination, or Something Else?

Successful Aging?

Life Doesn't Have to be Complicated

Something Funny to Share with Retirees

Busy, Busy, Busy... Where has time gone?

Every Day is  a Saturday!

Yet Another Interest I Intend to Follow Up On

New Years Resolution 2012 - Please read Irwin's "How To Cope" article above to know where his writing comes from! Pretty amazing man!

Aging: A Time to Find our Passion in Life

Retirement: Stay Focused and Be Confident

First Day of Retirement

Retirement in Lakeland, Florida

Retirement Community: High Tea in Lakeland, Florida

Beacon Terrace, FL: An Evening in Paris!

Cruising: Another Neat Thing to do During Retirement

Busy Busy Busy, Where has the Time Gone?

Another way to look at Retirement (on Line Dancing and more...)

Irwin writes: I am back! upon returning from a Nevada and California trip.

Retirement: Newly Found Time - Irwin's advice and wisdom, don't waste your time!

As always, Irwin is busy busy... Another Way to Spend Time

Chocolate Ice Cream Sings

Simply... living in Simpler Times

Writing... Yet Another Interest I Intend to Follow Up On

AND from The Writer's Drawer blog... Irwin wrote The Day His Hair Turned White. He also has a poem out there: What is a Wife? and more.... I guess you could say Irwin has been busy writing!!