How do you plan for the next decade or two of your life when you are 72? I want to make the best use of my time, energy, health, and money with the awareness that all of those things will decline. The two people in my life whose advice I value the most, my sons, […]
Smash and Grab
I’ve been feeling a bit stressed lately because some dirty rotten scoundrels are trying to steal my savings and I don’t know how to stop them. I know why they are doing it, though. They borrowed some money they didn’t have and gave it to their friends. The friends didn’t really need it, but the […]
It’s Your Age
For everyone who has heard “It’s your age,” this article is for you. I have reached the age when this diagnosis has been applied to whatever thing I might be grumbling about. I must explain, though, that this conclusion has not come from my doctor. She is very open to understanding and interpreting, without bias, […]
Looking at Old Stuff with Old People
When you go to a museum with old people, you don’t see artifacts, you see memories. I had the pleasure of visiting the Innisfail Historical Village yesterday in the company of a busload of people on a summer outing from the North Edmonton Seniors Association. We had already spent the morning at a […]
Why Your Bucket List is a Good Servant but a Bad Master
This is the story about how I gave up doing many of the things I thought I would do in retirement and why I am a much happier person for that. Really. It’s OK to cross some things off that list. Let me tell you why . . .
Motivate Me, Boss!
When we say we want to be our own boss, we usually mean that we don’t want someone else telling us what to do. We don’t really want all the risk and responsibility of running a business single-handedly. We just want the freedom to work and create without limitations or criticisms. People of all […]
Rhymes with Dromebook
I have been travelling with a laptop that is smaller and lighter than my usual laptop, and it has been driving me slightly crazy. At one point I was tempted to throw it out of the window of a high-rise in Chicago. Aside from the fact that I am still familiarizing myself with its capabilities, […]
Putting Things On Hold
For now. Just until I’m sure. Give me time to think, please. At the store where I have been volunteering, you can put an item “on hold.” You think you want it, but you have doubts. It may not be quite right, might not fit, might be the wrong colour, or someone you live with […]
If you think being retired will be easy work, think again. I’m on a four-month leave of absence from my job and if I want to do more than watch TV and surf the Internet, I have to get busy. When I am at work, I have two principal destinations: work and home. In those […]