Retire Different

I first thought I would avoid retirement.

Then I decided to reinvent it.

I am retiring at the still-young age of 57, but I have no intention of checking into G-d’s waiting room. Not for me the gold watch, golf, gin, and grandkids, the retreat to Palm Springs.

For me, this is about swapping my to-do list for my bucket list, while taking up the scholarly life I set aside decades ago.

I want to redefine retirement, build a post-career life that is as or more fulfilling than my working life, and share it with you to, hopefully, serve as a lighthouse for what is possible.

Welcome to my Post-Career Life.

Welcome to A Bucket and a Pen.

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Winter Morning Music

Standing under a heater vent blowing 70-degree air on me, I still get goosebumps listening to Ed Sheeran singing “I See Fire” from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Removed we may be from the foothills of Erebor, but we never seem far from the breath of the great drake. For there are days beneath… Continue Reading →

Mugology: Easing Back into the Classroom

Returning higher education after an absence of over three decades – even when retirement allows me to focus on my studies – demands a  gradual approach. Collegiate study skills are muscles, and atrophy after too many years languishing in the workplace. Dive into a college classroom alongside students fresh from a dozen consecutive years of… Continue Reading →

Morning Hydration

Daily pre-noon intake (mostly liquid): Left to Right Overnight oats with protein, blueberries, and unsweet almond milk; Black Rifle coffee (10oz) in Geek cup; English Breakfast Tea (32 oz); water (64 oz); water with BCAAs and electroylytes (32oz). By noon, solid foods are looking REALLY good.

Books of 2021: The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Expanding my reading to include the detective fiction genre after bingeing “Longmire” on Netflix – and heeding Susan Wise Bauer‘s enjoinment to approach a new subject or genre chronologically – I naturally began with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After running through the four novels and five short-story collections composing the Sherlock Holmes canon, I can… Continue Reading →

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