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Calculating Retirement’s Cost-Comfort Ratio

Calculating Retirement’s Cost-Comfort Ratio

In September, the bean counters at the university where I have taught for the past 18 years sent me a letter telling me of an “important opportunity” that I might “wish to consider.”

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Old Gray Hair Ain’t What it Used to Be

Old Gray Hair Ain’t What it Used to Be

A friend of mine thinks I should dye my hair. She dyes hers. It would make me look younger, she says. I have two responses: 1) Why is looking younger a good thing? What’s wrong with looking your age? Don’t

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Welcome Back to the Wonderful World of Home Ownership

Welcome Back to the Wonderful World of Home Ownership

He thought he’d left the cares of home ownership behind. Then love brought four walls and a furnace back into his life.

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Newlyweds’ gift to their grown kids is an abiding belief that love can last

Newlyweds’ gift to their grown kids is an abiding belief that love can last

When I was in my 20s, my attitude toward romantic relationships could be summarized by an old saying my dad taught me: “Women are like streetcars. Wait 10 minutes and another one will come along.” (This from a guy who

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A Downsizer’s Take on the Stuff of Memories

A Downsizer’s Take on the Stuff of Memories

I used to envy people who could take that sentimental journey back to the old home place. You know, sleep in your old room with the sports trophies still on the shelves and the Pink Floyd posters still on the

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Confessions of a Middle-Aged, Overeducated Idiot

Confessions of a Middle-Aged, Overeducated Idiot

It’s a great workout, but at my age, I can’t help picturing myself gasping, collapsing and being hauled, half-frozen and ghastly gray, to the ER, where they would know what happened just by looking at me: another middle-aged, snow-shoveling heart-attack victim.

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