Author Archives: Paul Brustowicz

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?

Never mind Joe DiMaggio, where has the Retirement Mensch been since last year? Retirement is not easy!  Besides trying to figure out what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, someone is always trying to get you to volunteer for something. You’ve … Continue reading

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Cruising into Retirement

The Wall Street Journal publishes a Journal Report on retirement issues called NEXT: Planning & Living the New Retirement.  The latest issue had a front page account of the Martins,  a couple who “walked away from all they owned” to … Continue reading

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Pluto is Missing

Last night I heard the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), www.charlestonsymphony.org, in rehearsal for this weekend’s concert. The CSO program caught my eye when I read that Gustav Holst’s The Planets was the featured work.  It is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four

Potatoes had Mrs. Mensch and me laughing out loud in the grocery store today.  Being retired can be strenuous if you are not careful, so you need to pace your days and schedule. Today was a simple day. Out of … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

The mantra of real estate sales people has always been location. location, location. What matters when you buy a house is determined by a number of things. There is the financial part: price/affordability, mortgage rates, real estate taxes, closing costs, … Continue reading

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Greetings from The Palmetto State

The Retirement Mensch has relocated from New Jersey to South Carolina where the living is easy, the humidity high and the taxes low. There are some big differences between South Carolina and New Jersey when it comes to taxes and … Continue reading

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Somethings Are Meant to Be

A Simple Plan The plan was simple.  I would meet my friend Jeff for coffee at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday evening after I returned from Summerville, SC.  I had an 11 o’clock flight out of Charleston to Charlotte and … Continue reading

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Thriving Beyond Midlife

My friend Gretchen (not her real name) was thriving beyond midlife.  A widow, she relocated a few years after her husband died to a warmer climate.  A nurse by training, she worked in hospice and started her own business. The … Continue reading

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How Will You Live?

The last section of Thriving Beyond Midlife, How Will You Live?, concerns itself with thriving even while dealing with the declining personal resources and frailty that come with advanced age. Researchers found that 30% of seniors over age 73 were … Continue reading

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How Will You Pay For It?

Last week I wrote about one of my favorite reality books, Thriving Beyond Midlife by Craig MacBean and Henry Simmons. I described the “Where Will You Live?” section and promised to review part four, “How Will You Live?”.  I must … Continue reading

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