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Reading the West

A trip to England in the early 1990s demonstrated to me that I was a Westerner to the bone. It was so wet and so green—and where was the bright, hot sun? Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah…these places are my places. After that vacation, I began to seek out western writers. They offered a […]

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Retirement Activities with Social Sciences

Social science is a field of study that is interested in human societies and behaviors. This includes anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. (Other social science topics are covered elsewhere in the Retirement Activity Guides: education, law, and communication.) Like many of the activities in the Investigative section, advanced degrees are usually […]

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Multitasking is a Mistake

Richard E. Cytowic, MD, Professor of Neurology at George Washington University advises that we have exactly the same brain our distant ancestors had. In his book The Fallible Mind, Cytowic, who also has an MFA in Creative Writing, explains that we can’t get past this biological limitation and it stresses us out when we try. […]

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Reading (a real book) Is Good for You

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx Since electronic readers became available, there has been quite an uproar about the “death of the book.”  Knowing a multitude of book readers, I don’t live in fear of this eventuality […]

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Lifelong Learning Plan Part of Your Retirement Strategy

Ed. Note -Your retirement strategy should include a lifelong learning plan. Stay young by exploring, discovering, and challenging yourself daily. 1. Expose yourself to people and organizations that KNOW stuff worth learning. Osmosis works really, really well and the right people/organizations are super filters for you. 2. Deliberately develop your intuition, instincts, inklings and ’sense’ […]

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Transformations: Anne Sexton as Cinderella

Born in 1928, Anne Sexton was known especially for strongly confessional poetry and received a Pulitzer in 1967. The themes in her work focus on Sexton’s battle with depression and mental illness (today’s doctors believe she was bi-polar), but they have so much to offer us, and are definitely worth reading. Transformations is my favorite […]

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Create a Money Machine: The Effect of Compounding

Our adventures around the world allow us to interact with many younger travelers in cafes and restaurants. Travelers are a great source of information about where they have been, places to stay and where to avoid. Things to do and the best way to get to a destination are often the topics of conversation. Many […]

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Enroll in College Today!

If you are a boomer or better, enroll in college today. In California, voters recently approved legislation to provide stronger programming than we’ve seen in years. Nationwide, the labor market is appearing more vibrant with each new jobs report, necessitating employment of skilled workers in a variety of sectors, but especially in technology and health […]

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Words to Live By

An old friend and I have always loved the pithy phrase, the smart quote, clever words of advice, the aphorism, the epigram. We collected them, put them in books and sent them to each other. Recently, I’ve spent time reviewing bits and pieces gathered over the years. As we grow older, some words that seemed […]

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Three Ways an Active Mind Means an Active Body in Later Life

Lifelong learning for older adults has been hailed by the experts as a kind of health club for our bodies, minds and spirits. In the words of Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Director of the Aging Research and Education Center in Pittsburgh, PA, “…every time your heart beats, 25% of that blood goes right to the brain. […]

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