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Thoughts on Travel, Career, Spiritual Matters and Other Stuff

The End of Innocence

I love a happy ending to a story. Maybe the cowboy rides off into the sunset, or they live happily ever after. As much as I like these types of endings, they do not represent real life. You might be… Continue Reading →

Act 2 – The Transition

We now arrive at my 3rd entry on the subject of early retirement. To date, we have discussed the required planning and preparation necessary to not only retire early but to retire anytime. When buying a big-ticket item, I have… Continue Reading →


I have decided to take a short break from my recent retirement blog entries. As the holidays approach, I have been reflecting on memories of Christmas’ past. While I don’t appreciate most things about getting older, I treasure collecting memories…. Continue Reading →

Act 2 – Preparing for Early Retirement

This my second blog entry about early retirement. In the first installment, I discussed the importance of saving and limiting debt. What do I mean by early retirement? The classic definition is retiring from work before a statutory age. Implied… Continue Reading →

Act 2 – Limit Debt, Save Money

In my last blog, I indicated an upcoming article on my recent trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. I have decided to belay this article for now as I have other stuff on my mind. I am six years into… Continue Reading →

Your Life is Now

I have not made a blog entry in a while. A few people have inquired about my writing gap. As it does, life got in the way. I had to spend a lot of time living my life. My sister… Continue Reading →

Peru Part 2

This blog entry covers part two of my recent trip to Peru. Part one is found here. For this entry, I will focus on my visit to the Amazon region of Peru. You may not think about Peru when considering… Continue Reading →

Peru Part 1

I recently returned from an 11-day tour of Peru. This destination has been on my travel list for decades. This excursion was my first non-working trip to South America. The top attraction for me was Machu Picchu. We decided to… Continue Reading →

Presidential Libraries

I enjoy visiting presidential libraries and have a quest to see all of them. So far, I have visited the following libraries. Lyndon Baines Johnson – Austin, TX George H. W. Bush – College Station, TX Bill Clinton – Little… Continue Reading →

National Museum of the United States Air Force

As mentioned in previous blogs, I am an airplane geek. I love visiting aircraft museums. I have been to the Lone Star Museum, Museum of Flight and National Air and Space Museum. I have heard for many years if I… Continue Reading →

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