Category Archives: letting go of work

Next vacation leave the gadgets at home

Have you ever found that your summer vacation didn’t quite live up to the expectations you began entertaining months earlier? Did you dream of having time for relaxation, enjoying a break from everyday responsibilities, and instead find that your work … Continue reading

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Self-discipline, tranquility and snacking

As I celebrate one year of retirement, I’m finally able to relax.  This month, I’ve spent more time than ever sitting on the porch, watching our neighborhood hummingbirds gorge themselves inside the fuchsia blossoms, and admiring the aerobatics of the biplane … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past year

The local public schools are closed for the summer, and since that’s where I spent much of my career, I’m reminded that it’s been about a year since I retired.  Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my first year away from … Continue reading

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In transition or in sane?

Earlier this week, as she was beginning to knead my arms, the massage therapist said, “Yes, you are definitely still in transition,” meaning transition from work to retirement.  I forgot to ask her how she knew.  Was it the state of … Continue reading

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Finally “Out of India”

I finished reading a book today, an act not worthy of mention if it were not for the book’s length:  1,474 pages of small type. Not only was its length a challenge, so was its weight.  The title of the book … Continue reading

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Sticking to the past

Six months after retirement I’m starting to think about my next life.  I am already doing many of the things I wanted to do — writing, seeing friends, and teaching English as a Second Language as a volunteer — yet … Continue reading

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Snow Days

Waking up today to witness the beginnings of a snowstorm confirmed for me that this is what retirement is all about.  I could stay inside, work on several projects, drink cocoa and not worry about a thing.  This is very … Continue reading

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Re-retirement

After spending last week at work, this feels like a new retirement, almost better than the first, because there are no more obligations hanging over my head.  It’s not easy to orient your replacement to your job, not easy at … Continue reading

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Small Tugs

I’ve gotten a few phone calls from the office this week.   Yesterday I had lunch with my former boss.  I felt a  few small tugs, not much more.  Maybe when fall arrives, the sun disappears, and I’m not enjoying … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening

Sunday evening.  No different from any other night.  Says it all.

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