Retirement Talk

WHAT to do with the rest of your life?


Podcast 2021

726 Changing Direction


Shifting gears puts change into action. We move at a different speed. We move in a new direction. We see different things; meet new people. We face new challenges. Life becomes a bit more unpredictable.

725 Feet


"If you take care of your feet your feet will take care of you".  Whenever I say that my wife and my grandchildren roll their eyes. I usually don't say it around anyone else. Feet are something we do not talk about.

724 The Sky is Falling


Today we face global warming, energy production and distribution issues, inequitable distribution of wealth and services, water shortages, terrorism and the ever present issue of pandemics. In retirement we want to continue to help shape the world but we also find it important to sit a while in the sun or the shade and enjoy the moment.

723 A Time to Dream


Retirement offers us a chance to reignite the imagination concerning what we can do with our life. We are no longer young and we cannot aspire to some things that require a youthful body. But other than that we are free to explore to our hearts delight.

722 Movies


Retirement affords us a special time in life when we can pick and choose how we spend our time. One could do worse than making movies or videos a big part of retirement.

721 Give Life A Poke


"Give life a little poke", Steve Jobs said something like that. He went on, "Everything around us was created by someone no smarter than you are." Retirement is the perfect time. Poke away.

720 Home Projects


We had careers that were mental not physical. We worked mostly with our minds. We were teachers. When we retired one of our delights was to build things with our hands. We wanted to be able to see the results of what we did. Household projects have filled this role to a T.

719 Money?


I recently read that after $60,000 per year money does not influence happiness.  Lots of money never satisfies. It only encourages making more. It is like an addictive drug. Once accepted as a goal it takes on a life of its own.

718 The Coffee Shop


No matter what is scheduled; we go to coffee. It is a social hour for us. When we retired and relocated we took into consideration the distance to restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, book shops and of course, coffee shops.

717 One Thousand Months


I don't want to have any regrets. It takes a certain amount of forward thinking to conclude this. It also takes a certain amount of courage to realize it. Maybe the young man in the coffee shop did the math concerning one thousand months.

716 Kindness, Gentleness, Compassion


One of the major advantages of retirement: we can look back over our life and measure our efforts. We may not be able to repair the damage done but we can redirect the remainder of our days with reflection, awareness and effort.

715 Get A Coach


It seems like coach has been accepted as the proper term to apply to most any instructor. Personal coaches are available to help us guide our own lives wherever they might be or wherever we might want them to go.

714 Small Things


We don't have to have the biggest house, farm, car or anything else. They may not be the most desirable. As a matter of fact; in many instances small is much better -  if not beautiful.

713 Talking Across Generations


We retired folks have a perfect opportunity to talk to younger people. We have had a life time of  experiences and education. We have been down many roads: made good choices and bad. We just need to learn how to tell a good story -

712 One Thousand Hours


Malcom Gladwell, writer for the New Yorker magazine, recently wrote a book where he suggested that if you do anything for 10 thousand hours you can be successful at it. I'm living proof that there are exceptions.

711 Keeping Up With Technology


"Keeping up" with technology certainly has its advantages. It makes life more interesting. It allows us to communicate in ways we can hardly imagine. It keeps doors and windows open. It ties families and friends together as past generations could have never envisioned.

710 Dealing with Grief


A listener to these podcasts wrote recently and ask that I address the issue of losing friends, both younger and older. Grief is not a topic to which I lay any claim to being and expert. But like most of us who are retired we have had to deal with it at various times in our life.

709 Farewell 2020


It is the end of the year, the year 2020. What a year it has been. What are we retired folks talking about? Well, we talk about the passing year more than we ever have in our lives.




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