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.

Latest Posts

One Last Splurge

When you see a recession coming, and you’re on a fixed income, you take certain steps. Before beginning our voluntary and proactive family austerity program, however, we went for one last splurge at the Farmhouse in Irvine. It was a beautiful day for a date-lunch. Worth the drive.

The Dilemma of the Day

Today is apparently one of those days when I get in the shower, soap my hair and beard, have a sudden writing inspiration, rinse, dry, dress, and make it downstairs to start making coffee before I remember that I had forgotten to wash anything below my neck.

Do I:

  • Go back and get in the shower again;
  • Do a quick “pits and tuchas” job with a washcloth and a bar of soap; or
  • Put on deodorant and hope for the best?

Distractions! Aargh!

September Progress Report: De-Amazoning

In our first month of cutting our ties with Amazon, we have taken the following steps. 1. Spouse cancelled her Prime subscription 2. Shifted all book purchases to a trustworthy list of independent booksellers, with Powell’s as our primary go-to. 3. Cancelled all “subscribe-and-save” subscriptions and found new and economical sources or substitutes for those… Continue Reading →

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