Alone, Again…Naturally

I don’t know if my readers remember that Gilbert O’Sullivan song, “Alone, Again….Naturally.” Pretty sad song. I paid little attention to lyrics, but it was a song that got into your head, so it was hard not to get the drift of it. Anyway, I have discovered, again, how worthwhile solitude is. As an INTJ …

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Using Angst

Angst refers to deep anxiety. It can include personal circumstances and the state of the World. Recently, our extended family has been working to take advantage of the Stoic approach to angst. It involves self-discipline in choosing how to respond to challenges and difficulty. Stoicism is a Greek philosophy, but bears much in common with …

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Expat Retirement and fulfillment – finding Focus and Flow

One of the dynamics regarding the equation of choice in working is that of folks who have a lot of inertia involved with staying put in their jobs and venues. I recall that perspective as I neared eligibility for retirement. Just as in my previous job, the leadership had withdrawn from the programs I was …

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Solo Traveling

One of the goals for Anita’s expedition to Europe is to test out the concept of solo travelling. By her going on her own, we finally address one of the challenges of retirement per the joke: “For better, for worse, but not for lunch.” We have been joined at the hip for six years of …

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Anita’s Expedition – a new approach for logistics.

Anita has been on her solo travelling expedition only since July 20, but in just 11 days she has already accomplished a lot. In my July 19 post, I mentioned how her trip supports a new program for us…becoming “World Expats.” So one of the projects in this program is developing a model for travelling …

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Communicating in a Foreign Country

Working your brain is certainly important in retirement. If I were still back in Orlando, life would be calmer, perhaps even more serene…but I would not necessarily be giving my brain a workout. So Anita is spending 3 months working on her German. It will come back to her, and she is laying the groundwork …

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Navigating Rough Waters

I just returned from a trip to San Jose, California to visit my mom. She is fighter and her recovery after a broken hip, shock to her weak heart and pneumonia s pretty amazing as she closes in on age 95. Well part of the expat adventure is learning what not to do, and the …

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Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism

It has been awhile since my last post, but not because life has been boring. Several weeks, ago, Anita came across a reference to Marcus Aurelius and his fascination for the Greek philosophy of Stoicism. Marcus Aurelius was the “Last of the Good Emperors” of Rome (speaking of his wisdom) who ruled from 161-180 A.D. …

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World Expat

Our first priority in moving to Mexico was to discover what life was like, living in Tepoztlan. This expanded, in the first 3 years to learn more about Central Mexico and then the Northwest: Puerto Vallarta, Baja, and Puerto Vallarta. We will expand to other places in Mexico, in the near future. But we are …

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Participant Observation

As an Anthropology Major, I learned about the arty and science of participant observation. In a nutshell, it is what Kevin Costner’s character does in the movie “Dances With Wolves” to learn about and appreciate Lakota Sioux culture. I went into the city — Cuernavaca — with my son-in-law, Carlos, when he stopped ty and …

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