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A Tax Treat – Really!

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q: I’ve been doing my income taxes for 49 years and I’ve hated it every single year. For the first time ever, I want to hire somebody else to do it. I have the money to pay for this service. My neighbor thinks it is a waste of money. What do you think? A: I think it’s none of your …

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Retirement Planning

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Q: My husband and I are both scheduled to retire next year. Our finances seem to be in order. What else should we be doing? A: Your husband is going to love this answer: talk, talk, talk about that train coming down the tracks! Okay, you can read about it too but please, just as you have planned for this …

The Grindstone

Back to work?

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Q: I’ve been retired for four years and I don’t like it. I have an opportunity to go back to work part-time. Do you think I should? A: Many people, after a few years of retirement, discover that a part-time job is exactly what they are missing. So, I’ll give you a qualified “yes” on this question as long as …

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Exercise Options

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q: I know I should exercise but I am extremely overweight. I can’t bring myself to walk into a gym. What do I do? A: I’m glad you are approaching this issue. The gym isn’t for everyone, myself included. Personally, I love my collection of exercise DVDs. I can pop one in whenever it’s convenient and have total privacy while …

Grey-Haired and Smiling

Going natural?

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Q: I have been coloring my hair for years and I am sick of it – the time, effort, and expense is too much. DO you think I should let it go gray? A:  Women have told me that allowing their hair to go gray after years of dying it was one of the most liberating things they have done! …

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The Challenges of the Second Half

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Q: What do you think is the hardest part of being our age? A: This was tough to answer, really tough. I think it may be battling this country’s obsessive youth driven culture, as well as how we second half folks are often viewed and portrayed. On the bright side, I believe we Baby Boomers are doing much to change …

Floating Blossoms

A year of possibilities!

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q: Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A:  No, never have, never will. But I do take time each January to reflect on what I might want the coming year to hold. I like the opportunity to look for possibilities, ideas, and opportunities. (Click here to see other Ask Tracey tidbits!)

Holiday Stress Management Tips!

Holiday Stress Management Tips, Week 3

Tracey Ask Tracey

This week’s tips are: #1 – Make a plan for the next week by setting specific times for activities, menu planning, grocery shopping, etc. Then, stick to it. #2 – Include “down time” in those plans – you’ll be better for it! #3 – If you have to say ‘yes’ to something (an unexpected social invitation, overtime at work) say …

Holiday Stress Management Tips!

Holiday Stress Management Tips, Week 2

Tracey Ask Tracey

This week’s tips are: #1 – If you will be traveling, simplify, simplify, simplify! Pack light and take your time coming and going. #2 – If you are shipping  packages, sooner is better than later. Set up a corner in your house for all wrapping materials or, if you can afford it, utilize the many different shipping options stores offer. …