Saturday, August 19, 2017


Friday, February 3, 2017

Back in the days when I was a career woman, business cards were important.

It was important to give one to everyone I interviewed or hoped to interview so they knew how to contact me.

Now that I only work part-time, cards must still be important because people keep asking me for one.

I’m surprised how many retired people hand out name cards. Some simply say “retired” while others have rather original cards.

My new friend David has an intriguing card that must make women wish for a guy like that.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Let’s be honest. We all lie.

Most of us tell a fib once in a while so we still believe we are truthful people.

That’s what Alex Lickerman says in a Psychology Today article. He also says we are only dishonest in ways that we think don’t matter so we can easily live with ourselves.

Lying protects us from conflict or emotional harm more than brutal honesty does. The truth is that lying can make us feel good and also make the people we lie to feel good as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Nintendo’s recent release of the NES Classic has sparked a renewed interest in nostalgic video games.

My memory was also jogged in the past few months when a Kia commercial featuring Bo Jackson and a Tecmo Bowl highlight came on my television.

I’m 35 and for someone growing up in my era, few sports games lived up to the hype like Tecmo Bowl did.

Never mind the fact the original version only had 12 teams, nine players on a side and four different plays.

Friday, January 27, 2017

By Pattie Mihalik

How much stuff is too much?

I’ve noticed money manager Dave Ramey often starts his radio show with this declaration:

If you have a roof over your head and something to eat, you have enough.

While that’s an oversimplification, the financial guru often makes the point that having the basics we need to live on can be enough. The rest is all gravy.

The next question is, “How much is enough?”

Friday, January 6, 2017

This time of year, most people are trying to keep those New Year’s resolutions. I admit it. I don’t usually make any resolutions because I can’t keep them anyway. But this year, I’ve decided to give it a try.

Why the change of heart? Well, sometimes you’re just inspired.

In December, I started making a list of all the things I want to do in my life.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ready or not, here comes another new year.

Every time I flip the calendar to another month, I feel like time is passing all too fast.

So of course I wasn’t ready to throw out the 2016 calendar. That simple act signifies another year has passed as time relentlessly marches on.

The older we get, the faster time flies. While science tells us the passage of time is the same for everyone, those of us who qualify for AARP membership know that isn’t true.

And for us retired folks, time passes far faster than it did when we were working.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Let’s be honest. All of us act irrationally at times. We lose our tempers, and instead of solving a problem, we make the problem worse. Because of repeated patterns of negative thinking, some of us are serving lifetime sentences locked inside prisons of disappointment and despair.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Most deer hunters spend a lot of time in trees. Once you climb a tree and spend a few hours there, it’s a home. You can always find that tree again, even when it’s dark. Your mind somehow absorbs the contours of the land and the placements of the trees.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

By Pattie Mihalik

When one of my good friends was facing his last sunset, he centered his thoughts on his good life.

“Life has been good to me,” he affirmed, “and I have no regrets.”

A few minutes later, he said he did have one major regret: He wasn’t there for his children when they were growing up.

While his overseas job paid big money that allowed his family to have a great lifestyle, he said he paid the price.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It’s hard to know when it’s time to cut your losses and give up on something.

That’s what I’m thinking now as I struggle with a decision on whether to have my refrigerator repaired again. Or, should I give up the ghost and just shell out money for a new one?

I should tell you right here and now that my refrigerator is smart. I might not have had smart TV back then but I’ve had a smart refrigerator for seven years.