Category Archives: changes after retirement

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

Posted in changes after retirement, current events/themes, memories, personal reflections, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in changes after retirement, personal reflections, the unscheduled life | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in changes after retirement, festivals, seasons | 3 Comments

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

Posted in changes after retirement, personal reflections | Tagged , , , , , | 18 Comments

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

Posted in changes after retirement, humor, seasons | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in aging, changes after retirement, personal reflections | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in changes after retirement, memories, personal reflections | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Feeling good about being boring

Those of us over fifty can finally feel good about being boring. When reflecting on the past, it’s easy to remember the excitement that accompanied turning points in my life. Starting with kindergarten and going all the way to retirement, … Continue reading

Posted in aging, changes after retirement, personal reflections | 1 Comment

Self-awareness or obsession?

I observed my birthday in August. ‘Observed’ as opposed to ‘celebrated.’ I stopped celebrating at sixty. In contrast to the kind of celebrations birthdays dictate at age twenty-one, at a certain point they call for less concern over parties and … Continue reading

Posted in aging, changes after retirement, personal reflections | Tagged , | 2 Comments

No more back-to-school blues

Everyone else’s year may start in January and end in December, but mine begins in September and ends in August.  I still run on the school calendar, which is why I am now reflecting on the past year and planning … Continue reading

Posted in changes after retirement, exercise, memories, personal reflections, writing | Tagged | 3 Comments