Category: Retirement

Nothing is Certain, Except…

I long ago gave up trying to do taxes myself.  Even when they were simple, it wasn’t easy. Now that I have addresses in two countries, it’s ridiculous. Adding to the confusion and the abundance of acronyms, last year I had rental income from each address as well. Recently, I wrote […]

Passing Thoughts

That could be me.  That’s what occurred to me when I saw a news story out of San Francisco about a mummified body being found in a house. It turned out that the house belonged to a hoarder and the body was the remains of her mother—it’s a […]

Riddle Me This

When the tax accountant asked me to fill out form 8840, I was right on that. I can fill out a form like nobody’s business. I understand how bureaucracy works and I’m willing to jump through all the hoops.  No problem. I got together all the documents I […]

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Lessons Learned

In August 2007 I was in a serious car accident that caused me to have fractured vertebrae in my neck and a long convalescence. After a few months, my friend Jean asked me what was the lesson that I had to learn from the experience.  The following was […]

Volunteer Cats

If you think that by putting yourself forward as a community volunteer you will be received with warm appreciation, you are wrong. At the beginning of the process, you are more likely to be confronted with bureaucratic bewilderment. Recently, I have tried to volunteer at three different events […]