Where are the Milestones??

One of the problems I have faced with retirement is the question “Where are the milestones?” I have up until retirement gauged most of my life by its milestones. They go something like this: Starting School My first communion Becoming a teenager Getting my driver’s license Graduating high school Deciding on college Being able to drink “legally” Graduating college Getting my first full time job … Continue reading Where are the Milestones??

Playing “Deaf & Dumb”‚Ķ..

As I have mentioned before I went deaf in 1988. Learning to cope in a hearing world has been one of my most strenuous challenges. Most people, whether they want to admit it or not, have preconceived ideas of who a deaf person is and for the most part I don’t fit into that mold. I am deaf but have maintained my ability to speak … Continue reading Playing “Deaf & Dumb”‚Ķ..

Retirement Investment Advisers…

  I think most investment advisers are actually in the “anti” ¬†retirement business as they scare us out of it by insisting that the you need as much income in retirement as you did before! They actually seem to be discouraging us from thinking about actually retiring! ¬†But then again they make their living taking a “small” percentage of your money in the process of … Continue reading Retirement Investment Advisers…

Books on Retirement Living….

Yeah, I’m probably pretty typical of a retiree in that I have read several books on what to do in my retirement years. To be quite frank none of them have been terribly useful to me! But that does not mean they were not worth reading. They did incite me to think about various things. Most retirement books are pretty generic: Get a hobby, enjoy … Continue reading Books on Retirement Living‚Ķ.

You Won’t Find “Ripped from the Headlines” here‚Ķ..

One thing you won’t find on this blog is anything related to today’s headlines. Quite frankly I find that area just too depressing at this point in my life. The anger that seems to be out there on just about everything is sometimes overwhelming. News people like Beck, Limburgh, Sanchez, Dobbs, and Coulter are ranting and raving to millions of adoring fans. They fan (pun … Continue reading You Won’t Find “Ripped from the Headlines” here‚Ķ..

The Redwood Forests…

I have always been a big fan of the songwriter Woody Guthry and¬†especially¬†his song “This land is your land”. Of course one of the places he mentioned in the song was the redwood forests. These pictures where taken in June 2009. We took a mile and a half hike through the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of redwoods in northern California. These pictures can’t really convey … Continue reading The Redwood Forests…

Yard and Garden (and Tomatoes)…

    I seem to spend quite a bit of my retirement time tending my yard and garden. At least in the warm weather months that is. Don’t get me wrong; I am by no means a perfectionist who manicures his lawn with tweezers. The opposite is more realistic for me. But I do enjoy this type of work providing the weather cooperates. I live … Continue reading Yard and Garden (and¬†Tomatoes)‚Ķ

A Life Without Pets??

  I know some people go through life without any pets. We had some neighbors across the¬†street from us once who I deemed as “neat freaks” . Their house was always so immaculate. They would never have considered pets as they were just dirty little creatures who pooped and otherwise contaminated people’s lives. I always felt sorry for their son who had to grow up … Continue reading A Life Without Pets??

Text Messaging is the Way For Me…..

When I went deaf in 1988 there was no way for me to communicate with my wife or others once I left the house. Even at home calling others was almost impossible. I had a device called a TTY but the person I called also had to have one to communicate with me. They cost about $500 and could only be used with deaf people … Continue reading Text Messaging is the Way For Me‚Ķ..

Personal Adversity Makes Us Stronger or…

OK, first let me start out by completing the title message. Personal adversity makes us stronger or breaks us. As I mentioned a few posts ago I went deaf about twenty years ago and have consequently faced my share of adversity since then. In the coming months, I will share specific stories about this but I want to keep it on a higher level for … Continue reading Personal Adversity Makes Us Stronger or‚Ķ

Life is Mainly Little Steps…

  I like most people I guess, seem to go through my life concentrating mainly on the giant leaps. Getting my driver’s license, my first legal drink, the first job, getting married, retiring, etc, etc. These always seem to be things I am waiting for. But I have come to realize that by far most of life is the little steps. Those things we choose … Continue reading Life is Mainly Little Steps‚Ķ

Bent’s Old Fort – One of My Favorite Historical Sites

I must admit that I am a U.S. history nut. In my life I have read several hundred books on the subject. Being non-violent at my core this list does not include many books on our wars but instead I focused on the people of the times. Except for the Revolutionary War which is necessary to understand the foundations of our society, I pretty much … Continue reading Bent’s Old Fort – One of My Favorite Historical Sites