Posted by: billbirnbaum | April 28, 2011

Celebrating Stories of Life’s Adventures

Big party at our house this weekend.  We’ll be celebrating the publication of my new book, “A Lifetime of Small Adventures.”  And it’s darn well about time!  For, believe it or not, I’ve been working on this memoir for almost thirty years.

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | April 21, 2011

Retiring With Nothing to Do

He said, “I’m retiring with nothing to do.”  A few days ago, I spoke with a long-time friend for the first time in a few years.  He told me that he’s planning to retire at the end of this year.  I responded, “Oh, that’s great.  I’ll bet you’re looking forward to retirement.”  He replied, “Yes, but I’ve been so focused on work during the last four decades that I’ve hardly had time for anything else.  So when I retire, I’ll have to find some hobbies.” 

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | April 14, 2011

Retirees’ Need for Intellectual Challenge

It’s easy for retirees to underestimate, or entirely overlook, their need for intellectual challenge.  That’s unfortunate, for each of us needs some degree of mental stimulation.  If this need is not met, we can become bored or even depressed.  In our former working life, intellectual stimulation came to us, pre-packaged, as a part of our job.  As retirees, it’s up to us to somehow replace this intellectual stimulation.  The good news is that we retires have many ways of doing so.

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | April 7, 2011

Rent or Buy Your Retirement Home – Part II

In June of 2010, I posted, “Should a Retiree Rent or Buy a Home.”  In that post, I carefully avoided making any recommendation, one way or the other.  I simply listed the six benefits of renting, and the three benefits of buying, a home.  But the economic environment has changed significantly since last June.  I believe that, today, one of those choices offers significant financial benefits over the other. 

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | March 31, 2011

Drifting into Adventure

We retirees are more likely to find adventure if we travel with no destination in mind.  Yes, I know, we generally travel with not only a destination in mind, but a more-or-less fixed itinerary.  We might travel to visit Aunt Suzie, or to hike in the Grand Canyon, or to cruise the Mediterranean Sea.  And, for sure, each of those trips may be quite enjoyable.  But for an interesting adventure, consider “drifting.” 

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | March 24, 2011

Connecting With Old Friends

I’m not sure why I so enjoy connecting with old friends.  Maybe it has to do with being retired, or simply having grown older.  Or perhaps it has to do with nostalgia – you know, reconnecting with the past.  I’m really not sure why but, for me, it’s thrilling to hear from an old buddy.   

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | March 17, 2011

Slow Down for an Adventurous Road Trip

By simply slowing down, I turned a boring road trip into a neat mini-adventure.   

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | March 10, 2011

Finding Your Focus in Retirement

The newly retired person may well spend some time “floundering around” before finding his or her focus.  In fact, this “floundering around” might well last a number of months… or even a couple of years.

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | March 3, 2011

Retiree’s Lifelong Learning

Retirees have a wonderful opportunity to become lifelong learners.  Clearly, retirees have the discretionary time for learning.  But, just as important, they have a lifetime of experience with which to relate to newly learned material. 

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Posted by: billbirnbaum | February 24, 2011

Sex and the Senior Citizen

To improve their sex life, indeed their love life, a senior couple should, together, engage in some meaningful activity.

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