The Best Thing About The Worst Time…

I think just about all of us can pretty quickly recall some of our worst times in our lives. For me, one of those times was the damage done to my wife when the small Evangelical congregation we belonged revoked my membership due to my failure to align with the belief that, among other things, the earth is only 6,000 year old and any seeming … Continue reading The Best Thing About The Worst Time…

Epilog — Personal Resolutions…

This post finishes up my¬†multi-part “insights” series about where and how I go from here. ¬†My overall¬†goal is to do what is necessary¬†to live a happy, wild, and free retirement.¬†Some of my¬†commitments are personal in nature so I won’t be sharing them here. But I will give you the others.¬†It was a very enlightening time for me. I finally managed to “listen to myself” and … Continue reading Epilog — Personal Resolutions…

Insight 5 — Eccentricity

I talked a little about “craziness” in the last post but I want to expand that concept this time to include¬†eccentricity. A definition of this word is: a strange and unconventional behavior.¬†In some ways that fits my current life. I seem to be a person who always looks at the unconventional way of doing things. I just don’t generally go with the flow so to … Continue reading Insight 5 — Eccentricity

Insight 3 — Personal Time… Doing Your Own Thing

This post is a continuation of the discernment period I recently spent on thought of where I go from here. I retired from the corporate world fifteen years ago and from my own business nine years ago. Since then I have struggled with my retirement years. ¬†Part of that struggle is due to the very different approaches to life between myself and my spouse. I … Continue reading Insight 3 — Personal Time… Doing Your Own Thing

Insight 1 — Waiting For Fate…

One thing that helped me during my recent¬†discernment period¬†was a book by Ernie Zelinski entitled: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.¬†Ernie has written several very popular books about retirement. I don’t really know what drew me to this one but it was worth the effort as it addressed many of my concerns that¬†other books on retirement have¬†not. It seemed this book was mainly a … Continue reading Insight 1 — Waiting For Fate…

A Dangerous Game…

Congressional leaders are playing a dangerous game with their constituents’ money, their livelihoods and their retirement savings. On Wednesday, all Congress did was flip over the hourglass on a game of chicken that cost our economy $24 billion and left America’s future up in the air — and, by doing so, may cause some of our hard-earned retirement savings to disappear into it. via Your … Continue reading A Dangerous Game…

Take a lifestyle cut in retirement — Please…..

Source: ¬†Don’t take a lifestyle cut in retirement — Fidelity Investments. I know the source article says basically the opposite of what the title is. That is because I think the article is, at its foundation, wrong. ¬†It wouldn’t hurt almost any of us to take a lifestyle cut now or even in retirement. I know that my wife and I are now living on … Continue reading Take a lifestyle cut in retirement — Please…..

Many have little savings as retirement looms

Source:¬†Many have little savings as retirement looms ‚Äď USATODAY.com. Ravages of the stock market. The people Redmond encounters most who are lacking sufficient retirement savings weren’t necessarily delinquent or negligent. Many had money saved but were wiped out by the sour stock market in the past decade and poor investment strategies, Redmond says. That’s what happened, in part, to Robert and Connie Cabana of Tampa, … Continue reading Many have little savings as retirement looms

Do Retirement Savings the Old Fashioned Way…

Let me start of by saying that I am by no means an investment professional but that doesn’t keep me from having an opinion. And I will also admit that looking backwards is a lot easier than looking forwards,¬†especially¬†in money matters. That being said there is something to saving for retirement the old fashioned way and that is to save the money while you are … Continue reading Do Retirement Savings the Old Fashioned Way…

Living Day to Day…

I have discovered another nice blog about retirement. It is http://retiredsyd.typepad.com The blog is called Retired Syd and is by a young lady (at least by my standards) who choose to retire in her 40s. She was an accountant in her working years. I didn‚Äôt realize accounting paid so much that you can retire with less than twenty years in the business! Maybe that fact … Continue reading Living Day to Day‚Ķ

Don’t worry that you may make the wrong decisions.

Retirement is not a onetime thing; it is a long term process. In earlier years when I was preparing for retirement I deemed it pretty much that event where I left the workforce and collected my virtual gold watch. But after that ceremonial event is when the real thing takes place. I must admit I struggled with just what to do for the first year … Continue reading Don’t worry that you may make the wrong decisions.

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??

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.