Category: Retirement

Rain

Rain, Sitting here inside, Waiting for the skies to clear, Hoping our vacation isn’t smeared, And yet I see only Rain, Pouring down in sheets upon this sleepy calm lagoon, It’s time has come to drench this lovely cove with cleansing droplets; Rain, I’ll…

Decision

  Today, the first day of the rest of life,

An Engineer’s Journal: January 2005 – An Interview in The City

January 13, 2005 It was my husband’s birthday. There was something surreal about driving north on the snow-covered NJ Turnpike with my mate of 38 years, en route to Manhattan for a meeting (interview); in the dead of winter, on a Sunday morning! Bob…

An Engineer’s Journal (January 2012): Retirement Reflections Reconsidered

Seagull Perspective It was January, 2012.  When I look at this photograph I am transported back to that beautiful Santa Barbara beachfront resort, where we spent our pre-retirement weekend, replaying the events and conversations from the previous few days. I had given notice of…

EOCH Echoes

🎓🎓🎓🎓🎓 It’s October 1962.  I’m swept back into the teenage milieu that molded my character; sitting in Mr. Yates’ music room at East Orange Catholic High School , rehearsing a quartet, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, that we will bravely perform…

Calendar Conundrum

Since I happily left corporate chaos behind eighteen months ago, my calendar, once overflowing with teleconferences, meetings, travel and ‘to-do’ deadlines, is now regularly sprinkled with doctor appointments, diagnostic procedures and preventative check-ups. It’s not that I hadn’t paid attention to my health when…

Bye-Bye, BCI Jo!

  Today, I am taking the plunge! After 18 months of ‘thinking about it’, today is the day that my first blog, “BCI Jo” (launched on the day of my retirement from the corporate world) is itself, retired. My enthusiasm, though tinged with trepidation,…

Timing is Everything!

Timing is everything! Just minutes ahead of traffic, she would fly into the city.   She merged onto the interstate, conjuring up scenarios and ‘what-if’ responses:  If ‘He’ said ‘this’,  she’d say ‘that’.    If ‘He’ begged…,   if ‘He’ didn’t…,   etc.   By six twenty-two, she…

Death and Transfiguration (and reflection)

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be. Flying always made her feel insecure, out of control. Now, reluctantly…

Retirement

In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about retirement: I’m still learning! http://www.Trifectachallenge.com Trifextra challenge:Robert Frost one said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  We want you to do the same.  Sum…

Retirement 101 (originally posted on June 7, 2012)

I am new to this retirement gig.   On March 6th, after 44 years, I happily said goodbye to the corporate world:   I said goodbye to the 2 hr. commute to Manhatten.   I said goodbye to sleepless Sunday nights and stressful Friday…

Let’s get this blog going….

Since my first post, I’ve struggled with just how to get this blog going.   The paradigm of publicly posting your thoughts and musings is new to me, though the notion of writing, as a therpeutic form of introspection, is familiar and comforting. Since…

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