Posts on: June 2015

Retire with Pets?

0 comments / June 28, 2015

A neighbor, recently widowed, told me a wonderful story the other day. When I moved to the neighborhood four years ago, he and his wife had four dogs. Three were rather elderly Scotties. The fourth was a mutt that the neighbor had rescued from a house a block or so away, where it had livedRead more

As Kurt Vonnegut Never Said: Wear Sunscreen

0 comments / June 22, 2015

A few years back (1997, if you’re counting), a commencement address attributed to Kurt Vonnegut got sent around via email (in that simpler time, before social media gained traction, “going viral” was a slower process). It began, more or less: Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen wouldRead more


0 comments / June 8, 2015

I had the opportunity to hear Chris Farrell, the NPR personal finance reporter, at an event last week. I was invited as part of the “Legacy Circle” of an organization that’s in my will.  Being in my will doesn’t seem like a big deal, frankly—my estate is small now and I hope to live longRead more

Notes of an Elder Orphan

0 comments / June 1, 2015

Two days ago, I’d never heard the term “elder orphan,” and I already am one. It turns out the term, which describes seniors with no family members for support, isn’t really that new. There are nearly half a million hits on Google, dating back to 2003. But UPI just quoted a new study claiming thatRead more

Downsizing? Here’s how to let go.

0 comments / June 1, 2015

I ran across an interesting—although unsubstantiated—comment about clutter in an article on downsizing: “…most of the stuff people keep without using is a tribute to an unmet goal.” The example in the article, which makes perfect intuitive sense, is that treadmill or exercise bike that’s gathering dust in the bedroom if it isn’t actually clutteringRead more