• The Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth

    “Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. A man got those two things, he’s got it all.” Who am I to argue with the hardest working man in show business, Mr. James Brown? James knows what makes the world go around. But I might suggest that perhaps he has the order of importance … Read more

  • Carolyn at 108

    One week from today, my Aunt Carolyn will begin her 109th year of adventures. Beside the cake, candles and balloons, the inevitable question always accompanies the birthday celebration; “What’s the secret to living to be 108?” When confronted with this query, Aunt Carolyn usually gives a sly smile and doesn’t say a word. On occasion, … Read more

  • Making a List, Checking It Twice

    As the year begins to wind down, it’s common to spend some time reflecting upon key events of the last twelve months. We think about the good and the bad and all the stuff in between and we look forward, with some combination of anticipation and trepidation, to starting again with a whole new set … Read more

  • Pushing Up Daisies

    Pushing up daisies. Taking the dirt nap. Meeting one’s maker. Kicking the bucket. Giving up the ghost. We have lots of creative ways of avoiding the real word, but at some point, all of us will do it. I’m talking about death. When it happens to an older person, it’s generally more expected and accepted, … Read more

  • Give and Take

    Lots of important financial announcements came down from the government this week that should be of interest to retirees and those looking to retire in the near future. As usual with Washington, there’s some good news and some bad news. Here’s a quick look… For those who are still working and can contribute to some … Read more

  • The Devil Is in the Details

    Sometimes the ideas that resonate most for you on a particular subject come from unexpected sources. Consider this quote from renowned pop artist Andy Warhol: “Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.” I’m not sure exactly which details Andy was … Read more