Empty Calendar Syndrome? Time to Draw up Your Bucket list?

I’m just stunned as I write this. It’s a Friday, and Monday will be my official retirement date. This is not a surprise — I gave my notice (as academics do) almost 11 months ago. But I just opened my calendar to the coming month and what did I see?

Absolutely nothing.

It really gave me a chill — which is bewildering. Because, duh! That’s what retirement is, right? No job. No meetings. No assignments. Just — to quote some of my retired friends — complete freedom. Continue reading “Empty Calendar Syndrome? Time to Draw up Your Bucket list?”

Letting Go of Your Job

LettingGo_shutterstock_1430480705It turns out that deciding to retire from a job is a very different thing from actually doing it. No matter that you know it’s time to move on. No matter that you’re ready for something new. Those last couple of months before you’re gone carry a number of shocks.

As a university professor, I expect to miss the interactions with colleagues. I know I’ll miss getting to know and advise each new group of students. What I didn’t expect were the assumptions my ego made about influencing the future — until this last month exposed them to me. Continue reading “Letting Go of Your Job”

Dramatically Improve Your Memory — in 6-8 Minutes!

Harry-LorayneOne of the most memorable lines of Ageless Memory, by Harry Lorayne, is you can’t “forget” what you never “got” in the first place. What he means is that we easily remember what we find most interesting, challenging, shocking, etc. What we can’t seem to “remember” at all are things we never cared about in the first place.

This can have bad consequences as we get older. How many clueless physicians have asked a senior citizen to name the local mayor, or senator, or (before the polarizing Obama and Trump) the president. If they can’t, it is taken as proof the senior citizen can’t live alone any more. Continue reading “Dramatically Improve Your Memory — in 6-8 Minutes!”

Free college for seniors — Part 5 (States R-W)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana. No cheapskates in Parts 3 or 4. In this final part, we find four states that are offering seniors substantially less than other states: Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia.

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Free college for seniors — Part 4 (States N – P)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana. No cheapskates in Parts 3 or 4!

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Volunteer with SCORE — Use your business skills to help America grow jobs

Seven out of 10 new jobs in the United States are created by small business, according to the SBA (Small Business Administration). However, 50% of those businesses will die within the first five years. Anything that can improve either number helps America and helps our economy.

Local SCORE
Some of the 32 volunteers at the Central PA SCORE chapter based in State College.

This is the mission of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), a mission you could join in your retirement. SCORE has more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2016, SCORE mentors helped start 54,072 new businesses and create 78,691 new jobs. And their help is absolutely free.  Continue reading “Volunteer with SCORE — Use your business skills to help America grow jobs”

Free college for seniors — Part 3 (States L – M)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana.

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Free college for Seniors — Part 2 (States G-K)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it’s Indiana.

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Free College for Seniors – Part 1 (States A-F)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others (hint, hint, Arizona!).

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