Habits of a Lifetime

Dear Short Answers: My husband has gotten up at the same time (6AM) every day for the last 40 years no matter what time we go to bed. Now that we are retired, I would like to sleep late now & then. I believe that 8 hours of sleep is a wonderful thing. He believes [...]

Time for a Change

Dear Short Answers: How do you know when it’s time to retire? Tired and Grumpy Dear T&G: It is time to do something else when the work you do takes more than it gives.  Maybe you need to find another career, or maybe you need to rethink your priorities.  Either  one can be energizing. 1 [...]

Don’t Look for Trouble

Dear Short Answers: By almost all measures, I have a great job. It pays well. It has a moral center. I get to do the right thing and am never under any pressure otherwise. I get high marks for my performance across the board. And the job even has a defined benefit plan. But the [...]

Old Question/New Answer

Dear Short Answers: I recently “retired” and am having a terrible time actually saying that word. Because I don’t feel “retired” at all. I volunteer at the local food bank (I used to be a nutritionist at a big hospital) and I am happier than I have been in years. When people ask me what [...]

Love It or Leave It

Dear Short Answers: My wife made good money her entire life and decided to retire last year at the age of 60. I thought it was a great idea but now I regret it. All she does now is have fun while I go to work every day. I didn’t think it would bother me [...]

Twice as Nice

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have always had dogs until our German Shepherd died last year. I really want to get another dog but we are now retired and travel a lot. I want to get a small dog that can travel with us but my husband has always had German Shepherds and [...]

Are You Kidding?

Dear Short Answers: I am at the age when a lot of my friends are starting to retire.  And since I am still working, they seem to feel that I should pay for everything when we go out.  I buy drinks.  I buy dinner.  I buy theater tickets — and they don’t offer to pay [...]

Early Retirement

Dear Short Answers: I’m 60 years old and have been out of work for over 3 years. I doubt that I will ever work again. Money is tight but not too bad because I have a military pension and veterans benefits and my wife is still working. My problem is that my wife won’t stop [...]

Take the Money and Run

Dear Short Answers: I have a well paying job with a great pension and tremendous security. It is, unfortunately, often not very challenging and can be downright boring. I have the opportunity to apply for another job which lacks a pension, the security of this one, but would be a stretch. I’m in a quandary [...]

Take Time

Dear Short Answers: My husband’s division is going to be dissolved and he is ready to retire and take his package. Problem is…what will he do? How can I help him when he has anxiety or boredom or both? 1st Mate Dear Mate: This is a major transition for both of you.  He will certainly [...]

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