Tracey Bucket List

Overheard at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: “Look at these? Aren’t they amazing. That’s it. I’m just going to build me a wooden kayak. It’s officially on my Bucket List!” I hope he follows through! (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Tracey Laughing with Bella

Good people

Tracey Good News

On our recent vacation, (see this week’s The Second Half ), I had, months ago, arranged for our dog to spend her time at a dog kennel while my husband and I enjoyed the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Fortunately, we visited the place prior to the day we were to leave her; unfortunately, it left much to be desired. …

A Pair of Flowers

Thinking of others

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I’ve been keeping tabs on a difficult, but very hopeful situation involving one of my friend’s grandchildren, a delightful five year old sprite who has cancer. Isn’t that just the kind of information that drops your stomach to the floor? Yet, I understand little Maddie is a real trouper. My friend had this to say about her remarkable granddaughter: “Maddie …

Boats in a Marina

Wooden boats and friendship

Tracey Columns

Years ago, my husband expanded his love of woodworking to include building wooden boats. No matter that he didn’t know the first thing about sailing. A boat was a challenge and, more importantly, it was one more thing he could create out of wood and since I had grown up sailing in San Diego, I thought he had a great …

Wooden Boat Festival

Tracey Bucket List

I’m happy to report that we are checking something off of our Bucket List – participation in the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival! Should be a great time! (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Wading Dog

We’re off!

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Speaking of travel … we’re off some having fun. Be back soon! (Click here to see other entries from my blog)

Highway driving

Keep traveling!

Tracey Columns

Summer has traditionally been a time of travel for many people. But I often hear from readers living on very fixed incomes that don’t allow the level of travel they previously enjoyed. Here are some tips I outlined for one such reader. I hope they help you figure out how you can continue to travel. Dear Tracey, From reading your …

Salt and Pepper Chessboard

Chess, anyone?

Tracey Bucket List

Alice writes: “I’ve always been intimidated by the game of chess. (My father was a talented player and a game with him was always demoralizing.) But I decided it was time to let that old stuff go. I am now playing chess again, on-line even, and having a great time.” (Click here to see what others have checked off their …

Kittens and Puppies

Tracey Good News

I seem to frequently hear from people about how irritated they are by others. (See last week’s  “The Second Half”.) It always gives me pause. Is this because we are older and tired, and so, we complain more? Maybe it’s because rude, inconsiderate behavior seems to have become socially acceptable and it puts off the rest of us? Or is …

Lonely Duck

Alone and content

Tracey Columns

A friend recently asked me if she thought it was ‘weird’ that she was happily living her life without the constant companionship of an intimate partner. I’ve heard other people in the second half of life ask the same question. Interesting, isn’t it, the pressure our culture puts on us to conform? Her question brought to mind an email I …