springy bird on stairs

Safety First

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q: My kids want me to have “safety bars” installed in my bathroom and next to simple, three step staircase. I don’t think I need them. Those things are expensive and they look terrible. I’m very careful. How do I know if it’s time for things like this? A:  Generally speaking, by the time most adult children bring up these …

snowy winter view

Three for three!

Tracey Bucket List

Helen writes: I checking THREE things off of my Bucket List in one trip, visiting Hawaii and, even better, visiting Mauna Loa, my first volcano, all while taking a much needed break from the snowy winter. Can’t remember the last time I did that, which is why it ended up on my Bucket List! (Click here to see what others …

cash and receipt

Ah, spending habits!

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, My friend and I are at odds with one another – it’s a friendly difference of opinion but something needs to change. We are writing this email together because we’re hoping you can help us settle things once and for all. We are both widows and comfortable financially. Not rich but no major debt and we both own our …

Flying Mermaids

Flying Mermaids

Tracey Tracey's Blog

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took a long weekend to visit family. It was time very well spent. The only downside was getting caught in terrible traffic for way too long. Finally at our hotel, we were happy to walk to whatever restaurant we could find. (I think both of us would have gone to bed …

Geezer Farm

Geezer Farm & CSA Shares

Tracey Good News

Here’s a concept I wish was standard throughout our entire country, “community supported agriculture.” It’s what they are doing at Geezer Farms, in  Staunton, Virginia for example. (www.facebook.com/norm.shafer) Run by a couple of intrepid and talented Boomers, this ‘second half’ venture is proving to be worthwhile for everyone involved. Here’s the CSA concept: farmers connect directly with consumers via a …

book and eyeglasses

The Joy of Reading

Tracey Who's doing what?

Carol writes: A couple of months ago I started reading to residents in an assisted living facility. First, I helped four who were interested in this pick out what they wanted to hear read. Then, each week, I go from room to room reading their selections – I do about 20 minutes per book. My throat is a little parched …

lemon plant

Lemons of the Pacific Northwest

Tracey Bucket List

Sorry, I can’t help myself … I am touting my own Bucket List this week. My little lemon tree that is finally absolutely thriving, thanks to my friend, Terry Kramer, an amazing gardener. Yes, I will be having home grown Meyer lemon tarts in short order. (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

apple on desk

Teachable Moments

Tracey Columns

“You can’t please all of the people all of the time” is an adage I learned to believe a long time ago. And when you write a weekly advice column, you better accept that philosophy pretty darned quickly or you won’t last six months. That said, I’m sharing some reactions I received from one reader. Her letter is a “teachable …

Duck Pond with Fowl Duo


Tracey Tracey's Blog

One of the things I enjoy about being a little (!) older than the masses is how much I appreciate simplicity. Take ducks for instance. Yes, I said ducks – two of them to be exact, a male and female pair of Mallards. For the third season, these two have returned to our backyard pond for their annual visit. And …