Leisure Retirement Activities with Trains

Baby boomers were born during the birth of the Interstate road system which inflicted the final nail into the passenger rail travel coffin. But, that doesn’t mean aging baby boomers don’t have a love affair with trains. I can remember when my brother got his model railroad, as did many young boys growing up in the fifties and sixties.

In fact, model railroading continues to be a very popular retirement hobby. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities Playing Games

You probably know by now that keeping the mind active and challenged is a good way to ward off dementia and other brain disintegration diseases. There isn’t any guarantee that doing a crossword puzzle every day will prevent Alzheimer’s but engaging in mental stimulation certainly helps the brain stay active and youthful.

Not all games are created equal. [Read more...]

Bring Learning into Your Home

Books important for Retirement LeisureReading is one of the most popular retirement leisure activities.  If you’re like me, it doesn’t cost anything by visiting your local library.  I’m also lucky that we have a book exchange out our community center.  But, I also have a confession to make.  I struggle with leisure reading.  For years, I was a prolific reader and always had my nose in a juicy novel.  Through my twenties and thirties, I carried a list of the top 100 classic books to read.  In fact, I read most of them.  Then most of my reading shifted to material that was work related. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities in Finance

We had a neighbor whose retirement  leisure activity was managing his portfolio. He would spend hours going over reports, buying and selling stocks and bonds. There are financial experts who believe everyone should manage their own investments. While I don’t necessarily agree with that, certainly everyone, including retired couples should have an understanding of their financial situation.

Here a few simple questions every retired person should be able to answer. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities in Social Science – History

While there are in any number of things you can do with a passion for history, we’re going to focus and a few. The first is learning about and documenting your own family history. The other is historical reenactments.

Tracing family roots has always been an important retirement activity. As people get older, there is a desire to pass on a sense of family history to their children and grandchildren. As the holders of family histories get old and die, there is a sense of urgency to capture their knowledge. [Read more...]

Retiree Finds Retirement Passion in Photography

Retired in Arizona with a retire

Photo by Bruce Taubert

Every now and then I encounter the epitome of an individual living a retirement purpose. Speaking to our camera club, Bruce Taubert not only shared his amazing bird photography, but a passion for his subjects. Bruce spent his career working for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a biologist.

While not exactly born with a camera in his hands, his mother was a professional photographer who dragged her son to weddings when he couldn’t escape to other activities. She encouraged the hobby as he resisted it. [Read more...]

Finding Life of Passion in Retirement Activities

inding Passion from Retirement ActivitiesIn elementary school, I had a friend who was great at drawing horses. They were beautiful, full of detail and shading so they looked like the real thing. My drawings consisted of rudimentary stick figures barely recognizable. Based on that information, I concluded I didn’t have any artistic talent and stopped taking classes or engaging in other art activities.

Unfortunately, when we are around ten years old we make many decisions about what we can and cannot do well. Many of those decisions stay with us for the rest of our lives. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities With Crafts

Traditionally, crafts were based on a handmade process where the resulting work was more functional than aesthetic. Today, most crafters engage because they enjoy the process as much or more as the product. Crafts can be art, and art can be the result of craft.

Many retired men and retired women are engaged in producing crafts. While many crafts can take years to perfect, many can be started with minimal training. The cost of crafting can be inexpensive, but if materials or equipment are costly, it can increase the expense of the hobby. One of the nice things about crafting is most are done in the home, garage or home shop. Crafters will often gather with others who share the passion to work on their crafts, learn from each other or share in the experience. [Read more...]

Does Your Bucket List Include “Travel Overseas?”

This may not come as a complete surprise to you, but as baby boomers begin to retire, one of the top things on the to-do list is travel, according to new research. Baby boomers are more likely to travel than other adults, both in and out of the United States. There isn’t any indication this trend will change soon.

Travel has been one of my top priorities for as long as I can remember. Most of our travel was in the US. In fact, my husband was reluctant to travel outside the United States until a travel agent suggested we might like Jamaica, mon. We had a wonderful trip, staying in an old fort that was converted to a small inn. [Read more...]

Dealing with Grief and Loss

Retirement Travel to Dominican RepublicI had intended to write more about our trip to the Dominican Republic. I may write further about it later on. This blog is about loss. I’m always intrigued by how the universe likes to teach lessons.

On of the interesting things about getting older are fat fingers. Several years ago, I couldn’t remove my wedding ring, had it cut off and enlarged. The ring consisted of three diamonds. With the new sizing, it flopped to the side when I typed, which I do all day long. So, I stopped wearing it, except when we go on vacation. [Read more...]