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A Valentine for a friend

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, I would like to give my friend of thirty-five years a special Valentine’s Day this year. Maybe you can give me some ideas on how to do that? Her husband of almost forty years died last spring. It was totally unexpected. They had a very special marriage and he was loved by many. Naturally, she’s had a rough …

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Tracey Good News

I feel a little awkward admitting this, but I’m not a huge Super Bowl fan. (I know, that’s downright un-American!) But the Associated Press posted some Super Bowl related good news and I’m happy to pass it on. The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation reports donations of $11 million that will be used to upgrade youth centers and playgrounds in both …

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David writes: “My wife and I just returned from Patagonia. It was a trip of a lifetime and had been on our Bucket List for over twenty years. It really was worth the wait!” Photo credit: (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

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Well, it’s official … boomers are taking over Facebook!  In a study by iStrategy Labs, kids between the ages of 13 and 17 have dropped their usage of Facebook  by about 25%, college kids are down 59%. Meanwhile, Facebook users over 55 years have surged by 80%. What an interesting development, right? I, for one, enjoy my limited time on Facebook. …

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Early Retirement Woes

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, I thought I was being smart. For most of my adult life, 30 years to be exact, I worked hard within the banking community so that I would be financially able to retire early at 55. (My ex-wife didn’t agree with my approach. She always complained that I wasn’t around enough to be a good father. I bet …

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An Award-winning volunteer

Tracey Good News

Think you’re too old to be of use to anyone? Think again. Let me introduce you to Kris Sams, a 96 year old volunteer at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, in Florida. Ms. Sams has been volunteering there for the last 25 years. Currently, she sorts mail, a task that certainly needs to be done. But she’s been all over …

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Food trucks

Tracey Bucket List

Sam writes: “My wife and I are enjoying quite a bit of traveling here in retirement. Mostly, we do road trips in our camper. Last year we added “food trucks” to our Bucket List. Now every time we are in a new city, we make sure to sample the food from one of these enterprising restaurants on wheels. We have …

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It takes a village

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At a recent book club (what fun that was) I had the good fortune to run into two women who were both instrumental in my children’s lives, as staff members at our the elementary school our children attended. We huddled in the corner for awhile as they graciously asked about my kids. What fun it was to catch them both …

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Dinner … again?

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, I’ve had an empty nest for about three years and  things are going pretty well, except when it comes to cooking dinner for myself. I hate it! What’s wrong with me? When I was married, I used to put on meals for my husband, our four kids and usually a bunch of their friends. I still enjoy cooking …