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    Poll: Great, Yppej, then you can probably afford to...

    Great, Yppej, then you can probably afford to send $20!
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    Poll: I accidentally voted for Masks. I meant Vaccines.

    I accidentally voted for Masks. I meant Vaccines.
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    --- There are definitely obligations that are not...

    --- There are definitely obligations that are not real, true obligations -- more like expectations that may or may not be realistic or reasonable.

    ---In our case, this is a true obligation of the...
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    I calculated fairly generously for retirement...

    I calculated fairly generously for retirement expenses, hoping to do a lot of travel and subscribe to some cultural events with good seats. Covid hit, cancelling travel and cultural events -- but a...
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    Such an interesting discussion. To anyone under...

    Such an interesting discussion. To anyone under age 60 who is balancing work-life and finances: my experience is that it is very hard to predict what your body and your emotions will do as of age 65...
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    Ewomack: Check out Alliance Francaise in other...

    Ewomack: Check out Alliance Francaise in other states -- Atlanta is cheaper than New York! And look at Meetups. Good luck!
  7. Thread: Too Much Time

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    This is a brilliant suggestion.

    This is a brilliant suggestion.
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    Sorry to be so tardy in replying. Yes, I...

    Sorry to be so tardy in replying.

    Yes, I really recommend live, human lessons -- online, via Zoom. Google <Alliance Française> -- you will find chapters in many states. They all offer French...
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    Making New Friends During a Pandemic

    The pandemic hit soon after I retired. I spent the first few months doing a lot of phone calls and zooms with my other retired friends, and that was nice, but most of these friendships involved doing...
  10. Thanks, sounds good -- I want to try to improve...

    Thanks, sounds good -- I want to try to improve myself as long as I live. I'll look into this!
  11. Teacher Terry made one of the best comments here...

    Teacher Terry made one of the best comments here -- she mentioned moving to a neighborhood where they wouldn't be dependent on a car. You want to be able to function without your own car well before...
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    Dear Terry, I'm so sorry for all your losses. The...

    Dear Terry, I'm so sorry for all your losses. The grief we feel when we lose someone is the price we pay for caring and loving others. It can be a heavy price.

    As I get older I feel these losses...
  13. Thread: Boy, that Dow

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    Kib: I think 6 months is a reasonable and even...

    Kib: I think 6 months is a reasonable and even optimistic guess. A reliable vaccine must be in place for people to be able to safely congregate -- and not just in place, but manufactured, rolled out,...
  14. Thread: Sad Situation

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    Hugs to Teacher Terry and DH. My DH's ex died of...

    Hugs to Teacher Terry and DH. My DH's ex died of cancer about 10 years ago. Similar situation--she had treated DH very badly and had very few people in her life to provide companionship. We did what...
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    Helping with Church Fund Raising Can be Hurtful

    Hello Friends,
    I've been helping with my church's Capital Fund Campaign. We need to have this campaign in order to pay for building repairs. We've consulted with our diocese's fund raising...
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    So so hard when the mind goes. I truly feel for...

    So so hard when the mind goes. I truly feel for everyone dealing with a family member who has Alz. It's so fortunate that you and your sister are close and able to communicate so well.
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    Wow, that was a big ask for someone who was not...

    Wow, that was a big ask for someone who was not family.
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    Coming in late to this wonderful discussion. Just...

    Coming in late to this wonderful discussion. Just wanted to encourage anyone who's reading this to give yoga a try. Often best to start with Gentle Yoga or Hatha Yoga or a class that is specifically...
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    Sounds interesting!

    Sounds interesting!
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    Did they give you training, oldhat, or did you...

    Did they give you training, oldhat, or did you get some curriculum materials from the organization?
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    These are great ideas, KayLR. I'll think about...

    These are great ideas, KayLR. I'll think about how to adapt some of that for the small group context.
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    I Retired - Part 2: Volunteering

    Yesterday I tried out my first volunteer experience since retiring a month ago. (I'm not counting church volunteering, which I've done all along in a very minor way.)

    The public library has a...
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    Plus one to Simplemind's response. Reporting...

    Plus one to Simplemind's response. Reporting someone for getting teary at their desk is cruel, unnecessary, and the opposite of team-building. If you see someone crying at work you either ignore them...
  24. What Middle Class Families Want Politicians to Know

    NYTimes article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/opinion/middle-class-families.html

    Both inspiring and depressing.
  25. Thread: I Retired!

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    Thanks for the good wishes and the tips. I am...

    Thanks for the good wishes and the tips. I am grateful beyond words that I can do this.
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