What is Retirement?

“Seven Thoughts of Gratitude on Turning 70” by Bev Scott

“Seven Thoughts of Gratitude on Turning 70” by Bev Scott

I just celebrated a major milestone birthday…70!  Since my birthday comes at the end of the year, I have the added impetus to reflect on the past and prepare for the future with the beginning of a new year.  I find myself very appreciative and filled with gratitude as I think about my seven decades.  […]

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“Fifty Plus; Minus Kids” by Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D.

“Fifty Plus; Minus Kids” by Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D.

We welcome our guest blogger , Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D.: Did you know that almost ONE out of FIVE baby boomers have no children?  I don’t mean no children living at home; I mean no offspring of any age.  That number is nearly twice the rate of childlessness in previous generations.  The reasons for t […]

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“Do We Talk About It?” by Bev Scott

“Do We Talk About It?” by Bev Scott

We took our grandsons to a Memorial Day Service to honor those who have fought to defend freedom and democracy for this country where a Navy man who entered the service at 17 to fight in WWII was honored.  I was touched by his vulnerability as he acknowledged that although he had not been physically […]

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“Prepared for Retirement? Plan Your 3rd Act” by Bev Scott

“Prepared for Retirement? Plan Your 3rd Act” by Bev Scott

I was in conversation last weekend with an acquaintance we will call Sally in her late 50’s or early 60’s.  As I described The 3rd Act, she was very interested and then she said.  “When I can finally retire, I will sign up.”  I asked her when she was planning to retire?  She flushed with […]

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“Red Apple” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Red Apple” by Patricia Cavanaugh

The apple is nature’s perfect design.  It is pleasing to the eye. Whether green, red or yellow, you can count on the round delicious taste.  It is nutritious and beautiful.  It is circular and portable.  It does not need to be refrigerated or cooked to eat.  You can eat the whole thing or cut it […]

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“Fulfilling My Dreams in My 3rd Act” by Jim Van Buskirk

“Fulfilling My Dreams in My 3rd Act” by Jim Van Buskirk

I loved my job as Program Manager of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library and had no intention of leaving. I met fascinating people, worked with important organizations, planned relevant public programs, curated exciting exhibitions, fielded interesting reference questions, developed collections of books, periodicals, records, archival collections […]

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“Who Am I?”

“Who Am I?”

I have been wrestling with that identity question again.  I began what I call my “3rd Act” when I took early “retirement” from my corporate job as an internal organization and management consultant.  I set up an independent consulting practice and I promised myself I would have more balance in my life.  There was no […]

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“Re evaluating the Meaning of Success” by Patricia Cavanaugh

“Re evaluating the Meaning of Success” by Patricia Cavanaugh

The markers of success seemed quite clear when we were younger; a job with positive social status in business, recognition in the professional world, a good home with a happy family as a homemaker or helping others in the world of service.  It was good to have a salary that kept you in the middle […]

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“Work after Work:  Our new age of life and the moral necessity for ‘Returnment’” by Jay Bloom

“Work after Work: Our new age of life and the moral necessity for ‘Returnment’” by Jay Bloom

Returnment – n. 1) The act of giving back or returning in some small way what the world has given you. 2) Especially as an alternative to retirement.   Carl Van Horn, director of the Rutgers Center, was quoted as saying, “Retiring Boomers will have the same sweeping impact as the entrance of women into […]

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“Positive Aging as a Social Movement” by Bev Scott

“Positive Aging as a Social Movement” by Bev Scott

“Positive aging is a social movement.”  I was speaking with a fellow participant at the 4th Annual Positive Aging Conference in Los Angeles in early December.  I resonated with the idea of a social movement .  After all, many of us in this generation have participated in other social movements:  civil rights, women’s rights, gay […]

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