Retired…With A Mortgage?

Bloomberg Business week recently reported (September 8, 2014 pp. 17-18) that 30 percent of Americans 65 and older were still paying off a mortgage rose in 2011. This is an increase from 22 percent of retirement age households with a mortgage in 2001. Bloomberg found this data in a report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

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Reunion Time

Its summer time, and for many people, that means family reunion time. My wife’s family had a reunion in Missouri last weekend. Most of her uncles and aunts, cousins and their spouses, young adults, teenagers and little kids were there. A couple of cousins had passed over the last 12 months. They seemed too young,…

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What’s Your Ikigai?

In his TED talk, “How to Live to be 100+,” Dan Buettner shares the Okinawan concept of Ikigai. Ikigai roughly means, “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” If you have read much of our writing about beer and peanuts, you will recognize how closely this matches my definition of purpose: “something…

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Isolation Kills

I recently ran across an excellent TED talk by Dan Buettner about longevity. You can watch the 20 minute talk or read a transcript Here! He claims that the capacity for life expectancy is about age 90 for most people, perhaps a bit longer for women. A very few have won a genetic lottery and have a…

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