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What is a Successful Retirement?

What is your definition of a successful retirement? Obviously, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Nor is there a right or wrong answer, although you could say that the best answer is a thought-out, well-defined answer that’s right for you, and the worst answer is no answer at all. Trying to define a successful retirement is…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: Malta

If warm, sunny weather, reasonable cost of living, and excellent yet inexpensive health care are among your top criteria for selecting a place to retire, Malta might offer just what you’re looking for. Since English is one of Malta’s two official languages and it has perhaps the easiest immigration requirements in Europe, Malta might be…
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6 (More) Questions for Dave Hughes

I’m always thrilled to have a conversation with Mark McNease, murder-mystery author, Emmy-winning TV writer, and editor of my two books. My most recent print interview on MarkMcNease.com utilizes Mark’s “Six Question” format. Mark and I had just returned from cruises. His was a 14-day cruise from New York to Quebec with stops along New…
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Confronting the Realities of Retirement Travel

One of the greatest benefits of retirement is that it affords you the opportunity to travel more than you could during your working years, when you are limited to a fixed number of vacation days each year. You may have a travel bucket list that’s full of places you hope to visit once you have…
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Are You Thinking About Moving After You Retire? Have You Already Moved?

Are you thinking seriously about moving after you retire? Or, have you already moved? If you have, I’ll bet you have some great advice to share! I have started work on my third book. The working title is The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That’s Just Right for You. The…
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Let’s Skip the Silly Euphemisms and Embrace Our Age

“I will never refer to myself as ‘XX years young’ and expect others not to, either. There is no shame in being old so let’s not manufacture it with patronizing crap like that.” That bold declaration was posted by my friend, author Mark McNease (publisher of lgbtSr.org and the editor of my two books) recently…
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Retirement is Like a Buffet. Will You Stuff Yourself or Starve?

There’s a buffet restaurant a few miles from our home called Pacific Seafood Buffet. Most of the food is Asian, and the primary draw for us is the opportunity to eat all the sushi we care to eat for one price. Of course, there are a lot of other good dishes there too: tempura vegetables,…
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Dave joins the Retire Hoppy podcast

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Ted Carr and Roy Weinberg on an episode of their Retire Hoppy podcast. No, that’s not a typo, and no, their podcast is not about rabbits – it’s about retirement and drinking beer! In each episode, they tackle a retirement topic and sample a craft beer. Clever…
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The Adventure List: What it is and Why You Need One

By now, you have almost certainly heard of the Bucket List. That’s a list of things you hope to experience before you pass away or “kick the bucket.” Perhaps you even have one. I do. I think they are a good idea. But while the concept of the Bucket List is good, it has its…
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Senior Housing Needs to Increase its Diversity Competency

[ Last year, I was honored to be named one of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging. Subsequently, I was invited to write an article for that website about the one thing I would like to change about aging in America. This is the article I wrote in response to that question. Reprinted with permission…
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