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Retirement Security, Even In A Volatile Market

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Along with other worries and concerns the COVID-19 pandemic caused, the recent dip in the financial markets has made many of us wonder what we should do next and if we should reconsider our budgets and investments. If you’re nearing or are retired, these are important questions to solve. Do The Math Making a list of your spending habits is an essential first step. Getting a clear picture of where...

The Best Thing A Retired Teacher Can Do? Keep Teaching!

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It’s no secret many of us went into teaching because we have a passion for education. That love for helping children never goes away, even after retirement, and especially during the nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19. Many retired teachers are becoming online mentors to students. Their motivation is the same purpose that brought them to the field. That renewed spark, paired with decades of...

Art Garfunkel: Grooviest Math Teacher Ever!

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“I would have been happy being a teacher,” says the 78-year-old singer/actor, reflecting back on the year he took a break from the music business and taught math at Litchfield Preparatory School in Connecticut. “I loved the curriculum; I loved the act of teaching.” After instant fame from the album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, teaching gave him an opportunity to take a...

Spring Cleaning Advice for Pack Rats

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Most of us own an item or 500 that we’ll probably never use again. Their primary function? To collect layers of dust for a family member to blow off when we’re gone. Even if something has sentimental value, you can’t, as they say, take it with you. In ancient India, spring cleaning took the form of aparigraha, the Sanskrit term for non-hoarding. Mastering this practice is said...

Why Teachers Should Run for President

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In 1928, a young man, in order to pay his tuition at Southwest Texas State College, took a teaching job at Welhausen School in Cotulla, a small town near the Mexican border. His students were children of Mexican-American farmers. He didn’t speak Spanish and many of them didn’t speak English. But that didn’t stop him. He encouraged them by holding speech and debate tournaments and organizing...

Valentine’s Day Wisdom for Retired Couples

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The great novelist Gabriel García Márquez once said of his wife Mercedes, “I know her so well, she is completely and utterly unknown to me.” After 56 years of marriage, that’s a curious thing to say. The gist is this: Human beings are constantly changing and evolving. Retirement is a great opportunity for couples to become reacquainted, to drop old judgements and perceptions and...

Roberta Flack: Teacher at Heart

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With hits like “The Closer I Get to You,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Where Is the Love,” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Roberta Flack has captured the hearts of hopeless romantics since 1969. But her first success, as she remembers, was not in the recording studio but in the classroom. Born in 1937 in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Roberta...

How Rightsizing in Retirement Can Help You Live Large

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“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!” —Thoreau Over time, many of us have accumulated things we rarely, if ever, use. When we finally wise up, we come to see that all that stuff—along with the house in which it’s been collecting dust—no longer makes sense. Many experts are recommending that retirees sell their homes and rent instead. Typically, this...

Having an Emotional Retirement? Join the Club.

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If retirement is throwing you for a loop, you’re definitely not alone. Coleman Barks, a poet and translator, writes this about his last day of teaching at the University of Georgia: “I missed giving my final final exam. I slept through it. The alarm didn’t sound, or I turned it off in my sleep. I’m buying a new clock. But maybe it’s perfect this way. They wrote me such letters. I’ll...

Retirement Tips for Couples (Or, How Not to Kill Each Other)

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“Happiness is only real when shared.”  —Chris McCandless, from Into the Wild According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 80 million people are retiring at a rate of about 10,000 per day. Meanwhile, since 1990, divorces among the 65+ population have tripled. Coincidence? Probably not. Sociologist Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary...

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