Retirement Talk

WHAT to do with the rest of your life?

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Podcast 2020

683 The "Hot Generation"

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How does one reason with someone who doesn't believe in reason? I wish I had the answer to that question. We retired people have lived through a sea-change in acceptable methods of thinking.

682 Retirement & Guilt

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It isn't easy this ‘enjoying of the moment’. Life has prepared us to plan ahead. Make preparations. We concern ourselves with what may happen. The ability and inclination to enjoy the moment is drummed out of us at a very early age.

681 Keeping Up Financially (Part 3)

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These three episodes are only intended to provoke a little thought about what you may be doing and some other possibilities. They have worked for us. They might work for you. I still think the key to successful financing of retirement is to spend less than you take in. And be lucky.

680 Keeping Up Fincancially (Part 2)

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Since we have been retired for thirty three years and never felt the need for taking another job we must have been doing something right. Certainly, luck played the biggest role. We all need that. But here are some of the factors we could control that we used.

679 Keeping Up Financially

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Financial advice is not my specialty. We have been lucky. That is my best advice: be lucky. We did get some financial advice long ago that has served us well in retirement. It served us well before and after retirement. Here is the story. It might help you.

678 Medically Assisted End of Life

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It is hard to make an argument that the idea of alleviating painful suffering that many times precede death is wrong. It is your life. Shouldn't that be your decision? Your neighbors, your relatives, your friends and your government can just butt out.

677 Friends: Before & After

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Retirement forces us into another world. We don’t have that workplace connection. We have to look elsewhere for friends. We just need to remember that developing friends require a little effort. We have to get up and get out.

676 Focus

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Focusing on what we can control takes some effort. It may not be easy but it is certainly worth the effort.Retirement offers us time to pursue whatever we wish but sometimes our space and time gets invaded. We have to withstand invasion on a daily basis. Focusing on our own wishes requires constant effort.

675 Making Life More Interesting

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"Learning makes life more interesting". Community college can be invaluable. No test, no grades, no attendance taken, and low cost; seems like a source that most retired people would find very appealing. It also allows us a place to meet people within our community - that's a bonus.

674 The Neighborhood

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We don't retire with the hope that the neighborhood turns into a ghetto. It feels good to walk down a street that is clean; that is filled with people who are busy shopping, walking, sitting in coffee shops or lingering over a glass of wine.

673 Free At Last

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There seems to be a real advantage in simplifying one’s life as one gets older. I’m not sure it comes with age just because we are older or if, indeed, it comes with wisdom that takes us a long time to acquire. Maybe it would be just as advantageous to simplify life at an earlier age but we just don’t know enough to do it.

672 Tai Chi, Health and the Lost Wallet

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When I took my first lesson in Tai Chi I swore that if it didn’t really help me that my first day would be my last day. Now it must be well over ten thousand days since that first day. Tai Chi remains a daily practice.

671Dogs

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Dogs and people seem to make a perfect match – especially dogs and older people. They are friends, they are company, they're family. There is something about being assured of unconditional love on a daily basis that is hard to refuse. A dog could be a great boon to retirement or any form of social isolation.

670 Rant - Alarms & News

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Today, more than ever, one needs to take control of one’s news intake. We need to be informed but not overwhelmed thinking about alarms, alarm clocks, and the news. I don’t mean to pontificate – I just mean to rant. There is more to life than today's news.

669 Choosing to Move

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We wanted a temperate climate – not hot and not cold. We wanted a university in the town and we wanted it on the west coast, close to mountains and salt water, close to a big city (Seattle and Vancouver in this case), not so small that we would know everyone and not so big that we couldn’t feel like part of the community.

668 Traveling by Plane

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My wife is starting to hesitate longer and longer between suggesting trips. It just doesn’t seem like it is worth it anymore. She knows there will be resistance. We don’t want to admit that for us the time for exotic travel may be a thing of the past.

667 Kicking Back Without Guilt

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What is to be said for sitting down, enjoying life’s moments, breathing deeply, walking the beach or just rocking back in forth in the old chair that sits on the porch. What is to be said for those that truly do wish to “let go”

666 What Do You Do

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“What are you doing with retirement?” a friend of mine asked. I never know how to respond. Easy to answer that question when one has a job: “I’m still teaching. I’m still doing law. I’m still farming.” It trips right off the tongue and the conversation can move on. Not so when it comes to explaining what one does in retirement.

665 Finding Meaning & Purpose 2

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Retirement is like that. Life is like that. It isn’t that you grow Dahlias, write the great American novel or build a better boat. The questions to answer are:  Does it work for you? Are you committed? Do you understand what you are doing with your life and why?

664 Finding Meaning & Purpose

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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