• Enjoying Retirement
  • Learn to Tie Shoelaces Correctly

    As we were driving home from Florida last week, I heard several radio commentaries maintaining that most of us needed to learn how to correctly tie shoelaces! The first time I heard this bit of news trivia, I ignored it.  However, it was repeated several times on various NPR (National Public Radio) stations as we […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Why bother with a blog?

    When I meet with friends who are retired, they ask why I bother writing a blog. This happens often, especially when I refuse an invitation because of a self-imposed writing or posting deadline. Friends wonder whether I’m wasting my time as they know that I make no money from blogging. They often ask ” why […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Use Your ‘Psychic Armour’

    One morning last week as I drove to the gym for morning exercise,  I listened to a short documentary about the importance of psychic armour. I was intrigued. I had never thought of psychic armour as a method of protection from the inevitable stresses or anxieties that can unexpectedly hit anyone at any time. Whether […]

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  • Relationships — Establishing New Networks

    After moving to London, Ontario last year, I’m faced with establishing a new social network, not an online network, as, thankfully, this network moved with me,  but a network of real people. Previous to this move, my husband and I lived in the greater Toronto area for 26 years. After such a long time in […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Breaking Winter’s Back

    Last week I heard a climatologist proclaim that we’ve broken winter’s back! He explained that we are halfway through winter! Environment Canada says that mid January, known as the dead of winter, is the halfway point where more winter is behind us than ahead. The astronomical calendar tells us that winter began on December 21, […]

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  • Retirement Happiness — Trying New Things

    Trying new things changes your perspective. What you did previously, how you did it, and how it made you feel, change. My perspective on walking changed today as I experimented with walking poles. My husband felt that I would build more endurance and upper body strength if I challenged myself to walk differently. Hence, one […]

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  • Dealing with Holiday Leftovers

    With the hoopla of Christmas and New Year celebrations coming to a close, it’s time to deal with holiday leftovers. I’m thinking about leftover Christmas paraphernalia of all types — from food and decorations to leftover feelings. Dealing with either, or both, physical and emotional leftovers is sometimes rather unpleasant. Unfortunately, I know of no solution […]

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  • Year-End Assessment

    I’ve just finished a year-end assessment. Before anticipating what a new year will bring and considering outcomes for 2017, it’s useful to look back at 2016 aspirations, celebrate accomplishments, and consider major lessons learned. As I grow older, I grow more determined to live life on my own terms. I spent the first part of […]