Tag Archives: friendship

  1. Covid Thanksgiving

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    November 27, 2020 by Jean

    This Covid Thanksgiving wasn’t as much of a departure for me as it was for many people. It has been …
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  2. One Hell of a Year

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    November 7, 2020 by Jean

    One piece of retirement advice I don’t remember getting was to expect the unexpected. I think I imagined a more …
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  3. Farewell to a Special Friend

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    June 9, 2020 by Jean

    This week, I am saying farewell to my close friend Joyce, who died this weekend at the nursing home that …
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  4. Space and Light

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    January 16, 2020 by Jean

    Last week, I had some tree work done. My home state of Maine has one of the best climates in …
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  5. Caring, Stress, and Coping

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    January 6, 2020 by Jean

    The phrase “to care for” has two distinct meanings. One is about warm emotional attachment to another person, to care …
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  6. Challenges of Aging Alone

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    November 28, 2019 by Jean

    Since I last posted here about my friend with the degenerative illness, my life has been taken over by a …
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  7. Caring for Others, Caring for Self

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    October 23, 2019 by Jean

    Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the right balance between caring for a good friend with a serious degenerative illness …
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  8. Retirement as an Expansive Time of Life

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    November 3, 2018 by Jean

    I used to chuckle about retirees who claimed they couldn’t remember how they previously found time to hold a job, …
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  9. Social Isolation, Social Engagement, and Networks of Support

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    September 30, 2018 by Jean

    At last week’s meeting of my Solo Seniors support group, the discussion turned to the topic of social isolation. As …
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  10. Homeowner Stresses and Social Support

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    August 20, 2017 by Jean

    Owning a home can be a source of great pleasure, but maintaining a house can be very stressful. The stress …
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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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