Finance Retirement

Am I a Traitor to the Cause of Geezer Welfare?

As my Dad used to say, “When you find yourself in a hole too deep to climb out of, the first thing to do is stop digging.” Well, truth to tell, I don’t remember him ever saying that, but quoting one’s father tends to lend sagacity to an otherwise plain-vanilla statement. Applying that wisp of…

Senior Stories

Enjoying One’s Age in the Later Stage

Countless euphemisms have been penned about geezerdom, such as “strolling into the sunset of life,” but anyone who regards aging as the most fun you can have without giggling with glee needs a brain scan (to prove that they still have one). I saw the great actor Hume Cronyn, then in his eighties, interviewed on…

Senior Stories

For These I Pine at Seventy-Nine

“I miss a lot of things that have faded from the American scene.” Don’t get me wrong, now. If I had my pick of any fourscore years in which to live, I’d be hard put to find a better run than those since September 1926, when I first saw the bright lights and sucked in…

Senior Stories

The Spirit (and Dispirit) of 76

Every September, I put pen to paper (finger to keyboard, actually) and reflect on my progress toward functional obsolescence and the bone yard beyond. This year, I celebrated – in a hilariously non-celebratory manner – the completion of my seventy-sixth year on this troubled planet. It was, to describe it from one of the more…


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