Margaret Wente's view on retirement, slightly skewed

Thinking of retirement? If yes, consider rubbing elbows with Margaret Wente’s circle of friends. It’s a taste-test of how sweet retirement can be; or at least Wente’s romanticized, slightly unrealistic version of it.    ...more

One of the best things about retirement: Not having to go out on cold snowy days

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you hated something until you no longer have to do it.That’s how I feel about trudging to work in ice and snow....more

Six Reasons Why Roth IRA Rocks

I love the Roth IRA. It is, in my opinion, one of the best and most convenient ways to save for one's retirement. I first started a Roth IRA in 2006 and have maxed it out ever since. Here are six reasons why Roth IRA simply rocks: ...more

My husband and I have each had one since about 2007 or so, maxing out each year.  So ...more

Dick Clark: When Is It Time to Step Away?

As the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve to ring in 2010 once again Dick Clark will be on TV counting us down. Since his stroke in 2004, he has done so with slurred speech, a lot less spring in his step, and a lively spirit. Some see his continued presence on the show a triumph and celebration of perseverance and courage. Others watch and cringe seeing only a man who has stayed too long at the party. ...more

Thanks to all for the great comments while I was out for the holidays...  love the ...more

Working Mom No More?

For 9 of my eldest son’s 12 years I was a single mom. I always worked full time, often working two jobs at once, and never dreamt I would one day be able to collect a check just sitting at my home computer all day in my pajamas. But, thanks to my own hard work, willingness to drop my secure day job in order to chase a dream, and the faithful support of my then boyfriend (now husband), it actually happened. It started small and grew into a thriving web design business where I could make my own hours and enjoy time with my family: my version of heaven....more

More thoughts on the winter garden


Another retiree in the city!

My friend Fran is retiring in Cambridge MA and values an urban area for reasons somewhat different from mine. From Fran:Like Karen, I plan to stay put in the city. I recently attended my high school’s 50th reunion and was amazed at the number of classmates who had retired to Florida. Not my idea of retirement, nor is moving to the country. Unlike Karen, however, I fear that I make very little use of the cultural resources available to me, abundant as they are in Cambridge, MA....more