Sunday, December 4, 2016

Boomers on Holiday Giving, Remembering a Friend, and More…

Thanksgiving passed, hub and I returned home from visiting family, and we temporarily fell into our normal routine. It is good to be home, catch up on financial matters and local news, and squeeze in a doctor’s visit, or two or three. But after a while I am eager to pack my bags and once again visit new horizons. Travel comprises a big part of our retirement at this point in our lives. I enjoy choosing where to go, planning the details, and finally hitting the road. We begin a new adventure this week…

I turned the calendar to the first of December, but did not need to change the page to tell me the holiday season arrived. Announced with decorations illuminating main streets, lights, ornaments and Santas enlivening homes, store decor, and carols resounding from the radio, the festive atmosphere proclaims the season.

This week boomers are thinking about the holidays and matters of consequence to our generation. On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, offers tips on how to make wise donations to charities in the next few weeks. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season. Don’t be so busy with seasonal plans that you forget to use caution. Scammers use high pressure sales, choose names similar to well-known charities, ask for donations in cash or request that you wire money, and use other questionable techniques to take your money. Be careful!

Carol Cassara over at Heart-Mind-Soul knows that some of you are still doing holiday shopping, so her definitive gift guide offers something for everyone--literally--and at every price point, including free!

Carol honored her late best friend with an essay that came out last week in a new anthology. She's pretty proud of it as a tribute to the friendship.

Laura Lee Carter wants you to consider not your bucket list, but your list of life goals today. How are you doing on that list?

Tom Sightings reminds us that we are lucky to be able to retire. It's an opportunity not available to many others in the world and, except for the rich and famous, was never available here in America either, until well into the 20th century. The problem is, there are no guarantees that come with retirement. So as we go forward we should remember that there are A Few Things Retirees Simply Cannot Afford To Do . . .

Enjoy the holiday season and do not forget to take time to relax and appreciate the festivities. And please take a few minutes from your holiday preparations to visit the boomers. We look forward to hearing from you!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, we are fortunate we have the means to retire. Years ago, most people worked until they dropped. Thank God for progress. Lets hope we don't lose our way over the next four years.