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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 →


I have been traveling quite a lot lately. My next few blog entries will be from what I called the “Mid-America Tour.” I made a list of several places I wanted to visit in the mid-west. I then charted a… Continue Reading →

Vincent van Gogh

Starry, starry nightPaint your palette blue and greyLook out on a summer’s dayWith eyes that know the darkness in my soulShadows on the hillsSketch the trees and the daffodilsCatch the breeze and the winter chillsIn colors on the snowy linen… Continue Reading →

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