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70 is the New 65 – Part II

The Mensch no sooner published his little piece about 70 being the new 65, then up pops an article in the Credit Union Times, http://www.cutimes.com/2013/10/22/retirement-at-70-or-not-at-all-survey?ref=hp, about a new survey from Swiss Re. Oh, Swiss Re is a multinational reinsurance company … Continue reading

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Bordeaux: Wine and Research

There is nothing the Mensch enjoys more than a complex red Bordeaux with a T-bone steak grilled to a medium pink interior and a side of pommes frites, those gorgeously golden French fries in a paper cup.  Now Bordeaux has … Continue reading

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Hot Dog Buns

A guy goes out for hot dog buns and comes home with $399 million. Where but in America can that happen?  The PowerBall lottery had not had a winner for several weeks and the prize had steadily increased. Last year, … Continue reading

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More Than the Money

A recently retired friend was bemoaning her lifestyle to me. It seems that she doesn’t know what to do with herself from 9 to 5. She worked all her life. Graduated from community college in the 60’s, got a clerical … Continue reading

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Do It Anyway

The Mensch attended a graduation ceremony in May that was pretty much produced entirely by the graduating class, eight graders at Summerville Catholic School.  I saved the program because I was moved by the closing reading which the children had … Continue reading

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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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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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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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