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Find Your Passion OR Just Enjoy Retirement?

This past Sunday, April 9th marked the two year anniversary of my retirement. Boy does time fly! As I hit that milestone and ask myself how well I am doing in retirement, I find that I am struggling with an interesting question. Do I need to discover and define my purpose in life in this new season OR is my purpose simply to enjoy my retirement years? In these past two years, I have been searching for a mission, discovery of what inspires me, what gets me out of bed each morning.  Truthfully, I don't know if I am any ...
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Lemonade Retirement: 2016’s Final Chapter

To be happy in 2017: Let go of what's gone. Be grateful for what remains. Look forward to what is coming next. This wisdom is perfect advice for me this week, and I suspect many Baby Boomers who are in their sixties. Is it of any value to you? In just a couple of days we will close out another year, this time 2016. And then, of course, we will welcome in the New Year. It blows my mind  that this is the 70th one of these for me. Good gosh! "Dear Lord. Please help me to slow this train ...
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Another Retirement Gift: Continuing Education

My retirement has been much busier than I expected it to be with three main activities filling most of my hours. Those activities include reading, writing a blog, and visits with my 89-year mother, all of which have, for the most part, been quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, I have expressed to most people who have asked, that I feel like I need one more thing to round out and give a bit more structure to my retirement schedule. Structure is something working all those years gave me, which clearly is something I enjoy and prefer. About a month ago I was asked by ...
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Retirement’s Greatest Pleasures: Family and Traveling

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to the beautiful state of Montana to visit with children and grandchildren. Suzanna and I were gifted with our seventh grandchild recently. Gustaf (Gus) Pierre Krutar was born in March to our youngest daughter Meredith and her husband Eric in Helena, Montana. Suzanna was there in March for his birth, but I wasn't. So this trip was planned for the purpose of my meeting Gus for the first time. He is a handsome one, I must say with some prejudice. This trip was certainly a great example of two of retirement's greatest ...
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Retirement – “Work is Over-Rated!”

One of my passions in retirement is reading. For the most part the twenty plus books I've read so far have either been  non-fiction for the education and entertainment value or they have been on the subject of retirement. I have thoroughly enjoyed this part of my retirement experience. Reading always feels like a great use of retirement leisure time to me. How does this sound for an interesting book?  I have just begun a 456 page book on the subject of Calvin Coolidge ("Coolidge", by Amity Shlaes). But I want to talk about another book I recently read, not once but twice ...
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