As we age and think about retirement and beyond, we become more reflective about the life we have lived. We also think more about the life we should have lived. Wouldn’t it be helpful to minimize the regrets we have about our lives? We can do this by anticipating those regrets before it is too late to do something about them.
My attitude about home maintenance and repairs has changed. There are several reasons for this changed attitude but mostly because I see our retirement needs and desires more clearly now. Read more
I had a great weekend. I traveled to Washington D.C. with four other high school buddies. We stayed in Georgetown as guests of another high school friend and his lovely wife. The six of us did the usual reminiscing (which is always good for laughs) but there was more – a lot more – and it was good. Read more
I hope all readers of this blog have a joyous Easter today. I encourage you to pause and reflect on this special day and what it celebrates. I certainly am. I was at Church for the 2.5 hour Easter Vigil last night plus two more Masses today. (Have I ever said that I am a Church musician? Well, “musician” may be too strong. Let’s just say that the musical liturgy director tolerates my playing!) Read more
The news from Japan is tragic. It is also a warning and reminder that we must be prepared to take care of ourselves and our families under emergency conditions. We made preparations for this several years ago. Read more
Lots of boomers are playing catch-up with their retirement investments and plans. The government even provides some “catch-up” help by allowing the over-50 set to make larger contributions to their 401(k) and IRA retirement plans. Read more
You have not heard much from me this week. Yet, it has been a significant and sad week in our pre-retirement world. Read more
Our youngest son returned to Starkville last week to start his last semester of college. That means he took with him our final check in payment of tuition and fees. It was a weird yet satisfying feeling. Read more
Everyone arrived at the lake yesterday: Two baby boomers, our three sons, one significant other, and five dogs. The house is decorated and firewood has been gathered. It is cold and a white Christmas is expected across most of Kentucky. Games today, cheese and chocolate fondue tonight, followed by Mass, glasses of “Patterson’s Secret Christmas Punch” and viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
We are very fortunate to be together. I hope that all of you are in a good place this holiday season.
I was surprised – shocked actually – by what I read in a recent Chicago Tribune article about the spending vs. savings trends of baby boomers when they become empty nesters. Read more