Retirement Talk

WHAT to do with the rest of your life?


Del Lowery
"Retirement Talk is an audio podcast (written script a click away) intended to help people who are retired, or considering retirement, to examine their own lives. We will consider an active retirement life in all its facets - not just financial. A retirement life-style that has been considered  carefully is our goal. We want to encourage thought and action." Del Lowery - Host


664 Finding Meaning & Purpose Giving meaning to life is important for all of us. We need to feel that we have something for which life is worth living. If ancient religion doesn’t provide it then something else must.

663 Working With Your Hands


Retirement offers lots of possibilities and working with our hands seems to be a favorite of a lot of us that use to do mind work. It isn’t for everyone but it certainly has its fans.

662 Vegetarian: Old Dog, New Tricks



This episode first ran 10 years ago. That is how long ago we converted. And that is how long our change in eating has remained. With only minor exceptions have we strayed from the path. You may find the process and the results interesting if not compelling. A few changes and updates have been added.

661 How Will Death Come


Peter spent a great deal of time worried about death that ultimately came in a most serene way. The doctor probably had it right in that we are most assured of missing the prediction of how any of us might die.

660 In Praise of Slow Travel


There is much to be gained by going slow. Retirement gives us time to breath, time to letup, time to sit in quiet repose. We should know by now that we aren’t really going anywhere. We may as well take our time.

659 Movies Via TV


Retirement affords us a special time in life when we can pick and choose how we spend our time. Television and movie  production and consumption has changed so much in recent years. It affords a wonderful view into modern artistic efforts. One could do worse than sitting down in front of the screen.

658 Tell the Truth


I would certainly like to leave my grandchildren a world in which dependence on science is not denigrated or destroyed. Denying the truth, or facts, isn’t good for young kids or older folks.

657 Looking Ahead


Every time I look down the road to see where I'm going I see all of these other roads that diverge and dip into the undergrowth to reveal what I will never see. And I wonder about those.

656 January Challenge


This episode is an updated version of a podcast I ran about 10 years ago. I think it still has value and is worth repeating - at least once a year. Keep in mind: we all have to find our own way. This may serve as just one example.

655 Learning from Friends


Retirement provides us with time to reach out to the world in a new direction. Some of us hunker down and are satisfied to smell the flowers. Others step out like Vasco de Gama. It helps to keep our eyes and ears open.  

654 Friend Turnover


What's a friend worth? Of course a price cannot be set on what a friend is worth. Money just doesn’t compute – or convert. Republicans and democrats could probably agree on that one. I think it was Aristotle who defined a friend as one soul in two bodies.



Road Trip USA Series Many retired folks dream of taking an extended road trip across America. Follow us as we plan our trips and actually ride the road. There are two trips taken and described:

A. Western, Southern and Southeastern Edge of America

B. American West

C. West Coast and East of the Sierra & Cascade Mountains

Related Resources:

"The Voice of SOAR" is a podcast for members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees that is maintained by Charlie Averill. Charlie offers a strong political voice concerning retired folks and politics - insightful and passionate.


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