Take time for Afternoon Tea

Despite sub-zero April temperatures in Southern Ontario and with a dusting of snow on the ground, I joined a group of interesting women at a local golf club yesterday for a springtime tea celebration. For winter-weary Canadians, this festive event brought a feeling of the freshness of spring despite uncooperative April temperatures. While it wasn’t […]

Why I Love Bookclubs

Until I retired in 2010, I never belonged to a bookclub. Joining a bookclub was an aspiration for which there was never enough time. Life was too busy. During hectic ‘career’ years I was lucky to read a book each month for pleasure.  Most of my reading consisted of professional journals and industry publications — […]

Why Some Reunions Make You Happy

Some reunions make you happy.  Contact with people who have influenced your life validates and energizes you. In terms of retirement happiness, some  reunions are worthwhile — others, not so much. The big ‘home-coming’ reunions at universities I’ve attended never attract me. It’s not worth the time or expense to attend these events to re-kindle relationships […]

Keeping in touch — social networks that matter

Last week I attended a meeting of former Executive Directors of Ontario child welfare agencies who are now retired.   Charmed by the meeting site in beautiful Stratford Ontario — home of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Theatre and one of the most enchanting small cities in Ontario — as well as knowing that the organizer was someone whose […]