Posts in category "retirement"

Taking a Break? Not Sure I Know How

I fear I have lost the capacity to relax and “do nothing.” After many years of constant chaos raising three kids, going back to school to earn a Master’s, and founding and directing a preschool, I totally retired a year ago. So what have I done for the past year? Well, I started writing this... Read more »

My Encore Career as a Blogger: An Unlikely Pilgrimage

When I retired last year from my career as a preschool director, I was at loose ends. So I did what most retired women in my community do. I joined a book club, looked for a place to volunteer my wisdom and years of experience, and went out to breakfast with an old acquaintance. My... Read more »

Blogging as an Encore Career – Reflections on my 100th Post

Wow, I can’t believe this is my 100th post on ChicagoNow. When I started back in September 2013, I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to say. It’s been quite a journey, and here’s what I’ve learned. Back in March 2014, I wrote about ten things I had learned as... Read more »

Old Grandmas

Here’s a post in honor of my 8th grandchild, who was born December 12. Can’t wait to play with him, read to him, and enjoy him as I have the other seven! My grandmothers were always old to me.  They had grey hair, wore baggy dresses and sturdy shoes, and never played with me. They... Read more »

Time for New Holiday Traditions?

She is closing in on her 75th birthday and still hosting holiday dinner for her middle-aged children, teenaged grandchildren, and assorted other family members.  OMG – that can’t be my future…or maybe it is.  I know her children would happily chant, “75 is the new 45.”  Believe me, it’s not! When my mother-in-law was widowed... Read more »

Confessions of a Twitter Illiterate

I must confess I have hit my limit with technology.  The first week of November, while finishing The Circle by Dave Eggers on my Nook, I tried to set up a Facebook fan page linked to important stuff. Then I sent out a Constant Contact newsletter asking people to “like,” forward, subscribe to, and read... Read more »

Not useless or used up - just a retired volunteer

Volunteering my services, as a recently retired person seeking an encore career, sure is different from anything I have encountered before. I am surprised by how difficult it has been.  Why am I, a recently retired educator and school administrator, having a hard time finding the right fit?  Is it my age or a bias... Read more »

A good side of ageism? Kindness & civility may finally be yours!

“Can you help me, dear?  I’m 90 years old and can’t find the information you want.”  Yes, I confess – I have enjoyed impersonating my 90-year-old mom to deal with the bureaucracy and lack of civility and kindness that continue to plague her life, and mine.  I have discovered there is a flip side to... Read more »

Reinvented, Not Retired

I’m entering the blogosphere at age 68, retired but not really.  I was inspired by 64-year-old Diana Nyad, who swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, something she had been trying to do for 35 years. She had trained for this fifth attempt for four years, and said upon emerging from the water: “I have... Read more »