Thursday, June 18, 2020

On June 8, Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court Judge Karen Janisch signed a far-reaching order that, among other provisions, flatly prohibits the Minneapolis Police Department from using chokeholds or neck restraints of any kind “for any reason.”

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The earliest military death carved into the 140 polished black stone panels of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is that of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. of North Weymouth, Mass. He was killed in Saigon on June 8, 1956, at the age of 35.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Welcome to the stay-at-home community! In addition to processing the various and often conflicting news reports, cleaning the house again and again, and trying to get outside for exercise, I find myself consuming much more coffee than usual. In an effort to inject a bit more ‘health” into th…

Thursday, April 09, 2020

As a septuagenarian, I have never envisioned in my lifetime what we are experiencing. I could have conceived of a nuclear exchange occurring; it almost happened during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

I am recently retired from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but I still get university emails announcing various events. Recently, I received an email containing an attached flyer publicizing a panel discussion on “Considering National Security in the 2020s.” 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Monday, February 03, 2020

Tu B’Shvat, or “The New Year of the Trees”, begins this year at sunset on February 10.  This joyous celebration has developed into an ecological day of sorts, reminding us of our connection to the earth. The Jews are considered caretakers of the environment; as such, traditions include donat…

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The premise of my blog posts and of my books, Your Retirement Quest(coauthored with Keith Lawrence) and After the Cheering Stops, is that if you have a life plan for retirement, you greatly increase the odds of living the fulfilling retirement you have worked so hard to deserve.

Monday, October 01, 2018

When my friend and coauthor, Keith Lawrence, and I were doing the research for our book, Your Retirement Quest, we identified what we came to call, the “10 key elements of a fulfilling retirement.” Having read every retirement book we could get our hands on, having reviewed the retirement-re…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ann and I recently checked off a big bucket list item.  Several years ago, we realized that we had visited 48 states together.  We were only missing Hawaii and Idaho and put both on our bucket list.  We immediately made plans to visit the islands and started doing the research for an Idaho t…

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

In my most recent Jewish Light blog post, “After the Cheering Stops,” I suggested that one way to think about creating a winning retirement is to reapply the approach athletes use to create a winning game plan. 

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

What do Baby Boomers and elite athletes have in common?  Yes, they enjoy sports, albeit from a very different perspective.  And they both retire from their careers.  But one of the many things they do not have in common is the age at which they retire.  Most boomers do so in their 50s, 60s, …

Friday, January 26, 2018

About 20 years ago, nearly five years before I retired, I began investigating what retirement might be like and what I could do to make it what I wanted it to be.  My friend, Keith Lawrence, and I joined forces and were fortunate to learn enough to write our book, Your Retirement Quest, and …

Thursday, December 07, 2017

In a previous blog post, “Your Ideal Day,” I suggested that one good way to plan the non-financial aspects of your retirement is to identify what your ideal day would look like and then continually strive toward living that day.  I also mentioned that in future posts, we’d look at adding the…

Friday, November 24, 2017

In my last blog post, “Your Ideal Day,” I suggested that one good way to plan the non-financial aspects of retirement is to identify what your ideal day would look like and then continually strive toward living that day.  I also mentioned that in future posts, we’ll look at adding the concep…