Category Archives: changes after retirement

The garden as therapy

The best thing about retirement is that you can slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. Except that I keep forgetting to slow down. No. That’s not entirely true.  I devote my early mornings to reading the news, … Continue reading

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Did you hear about the latest phobia?

You would think that a list of the top 100 phobias, which includes fear of bridges, feet, zombies, buttons, ducks and long words, would have covered the entire spectrum.  But this past weekend I read about a new one not on the list, … Continue reading

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Aging like a monkey

I don’t usually write about — or even admit to — aging as it affects me, but after reading an article in the New York Times, “What Old Monkeys and Old Humans Have in Common,” I think it’s time we talked … Continue reading

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Back to school memories live on

For most of us, the anniversary of a particular event, experience, birthday, or a death of an influential person in our lives will trigger memories. Most recently, the anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy brought back many memories of that day … Continue reading

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The rewards of breaking with routine

After spending years in the workforce, I was surprised to find that in retirement my life still revolves around routines. I’m happy with my routines, but every so often I need to devote a day to doing something entirely different. … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms bring out the crowd in the “other Washington.”

Now that I’m retired my days are pleasant and predictable, so I appreciate the occasional surprise. Earlier, my husband and I decided we would visit the University of Washington campus this spring to see the cherry trees in bloom. But … Continue reading

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Never enough time

For many years, the Medalists — a group of female friends who’ve been together for about thirty-five years — hosted dinners around a theme:  purple food, round food, things stuffed in other things, even the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  … Continue reading

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Wrapping up 2015

I haven’t blogged much this month — or even this year — so I’m wrapping up 2015 with the summary we just sent to friends and relatives out of the area. Meanwhile, may you enjoy the end of 2015 and … Continue reading

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Thinking about our legacies

Only four years after retirement, I sometimes think about legacies, asking myself, “Have I contributed to anything lasting?” When my mother turned eighty, I read the book, “How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders,” … Continue reading

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A mellow high school reunion

My high school reunion was last Saturday and at first I was skeptical about attending. I haven’t kept in touch with anyone, so at earlier reunions it had been easy to drop in, say hello to a few friends, and … Continue reading

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