Archive for December 2016

What we do for our pets

What we do for our pets
The bathroom is disproportionately large in my 900-square-foot condo. I’ve wondered why the builders thought a 9- by 10-foot bathroom a better use of space than, say, a smaller bathroom with more storage. Now I know why the bathroom is big. It’s so that I can fit a lawn chair in it. Let me explain.... Read more »

Practicing talking to strangers

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the difficulty of finding meaningful personal interaction every day — one of the three essentials, along with exercise and mental stimulation, that a speaker prescribed for a happy retirement. Not long after that I heard about a book, When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know... Read more »

Living trust or TODI?

Revocable living trusts are all the rage in estate planning these days. A lawyer who spoke at a retirement seminar I attended said a trust is a must have for avoiding probate. The same advice can be found in numerous online articles. While investments are passed straight to beneficiaries, the disposition of property in Illinois worth more... Read more »

It’s okay to quit doing what you don’t like

When I was younger, I used to feel bad when a new activity didn’t stick. It doesn’t bother me much anymore. Reading retirement advice has helped me get over feeling like a dilettante. The authors recommend giving lots of different things a try, since you can’t really know whether something’s for you unless you try... Read more »