1. Busy, Busy, Busy


    August 25, 2015 by Jean

    One of the concepts that comes up repeatedly in the social science literature on retirement is the “culture of busyness” …
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  2. Negotiating an Aging Body


    August 17, 2015 by Jean

    The year I was fifty, after a lifetime of exceptionally good health, I found myself facing a series of medical …
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  3. Feeling Blue (berries)


    August 9, 2015 by Jean

    One of the pleasures of late summer in Maine is native wild blueberries. These are not the big, fat, cultivated …
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  4. Paving Stones and Gazebos: The Satisfaction of Success


    July 31, 2015 by Jean

    This week, I succeeded in completing two projects that have been a source of some frustration (see Solo House Projects: …
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  5. Productivity, Sociability, Relaxation


    July 22, 2015 by Jean

    One year into my retirement, I am still trying to find the right balance among productivity, sociability and relaxation. Here’s …
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  6. How Much Does It Cost to Live in Retirement? Revisiting My Budget


    July 14, 2015 by Jean

    One of the big unknowns for most people facing retirement is how much it will cost to live from month …
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  7. New Friends/Old Friends


    July 10, 2015 by Jean

    In all my advance reading about retirement, I did not see anything that suggested retirement would be a time when …
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I am Jean Potuchek, a professional sociologist who has just stepped into the next phase of my life, retirement, after more than thirty years of college teaching. This blog is about my experience of that new phase of life.

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