My memory of meeting Robin Williams in Los Angeles: Mork and the City of Angels takes on new meaning.
Stuck in LA
For once, I wasn’t upset about being stuck out of town over a weekend while on business. A close family friend had recently moved to Hollywood after accepting a terrific new job in advertising art, and we had plans to explore some of the L.A. sites together on a Saturday night.
Loretta was from a small town somewhere in Kansas as well as being new in town working… More
Five years ago this week, I had surgery to remove a malignancy in my left kidney. Yesterday, after five years of followup blood tests, CT scans, and X-rays I was given a clean bill of health and told that the chances of the cancer reoccurring are miniscule. A big threat has been lifted.
Facing Our Mortality
Everyone has moments when they are given the opportunity to come to terms with their mortality. It can come with the death of a friend, with the aging of one’s parents,… More
Married people who go into business with each other — called entrepreneurial couples, “copreneurs’’ or “couplepreneurs’’ — choose to blend the personal and the professional, the homefront and the workplace. Almost overnight, that is what David and I have become.
It could not have happened if we did not have a deep trust in each other, complementary talents, equal risk tolerance, and the work skills of an entire company between the two… More
This is a story that makes me smile.
A Spunky History
At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey is the oldest living female World War II veteran in America. She was joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 when she was 36 years old. She had tried to enlist several times before that, but was rejected for being too short or too slim. Donning extra weights on her legs, she passed the weight minimum of 100 pounds.
While in the Women’s Army Corps, Coffee earned two Bronze… More
New School Technology for Old School Business
Last week I overheard David on the speakerphone with a new DogWatch customer. (See Encore Career: Walking the Talk.)
Customer: “How can you give an estimate to my wife for a hidden dog fence when you have not seen the property yet?’
David: “Well, I am looking at your house at this very minute using Google Maps. You live in a new subdivision; your property is clear of trees, there is one driveway to cross, and your… More
The Power of Place
David grew up in Ann Arbor, and he had told me stories about a childhood filled with nature, sports, arts, weather, diversity, family and friendships. I was curious; so when the 100 plus degree Texas summer heat became overwhelming two years ago, I suggested we take a working vacation to Michigan.
By the time we returned home from vacation our perspective had changed completely. We immediately put our house on the market. Within four months, from Texas,… More
EDITOR’S NOTE: Finding work as we age is a challenge many of us already face and many more will take on as the Baby Boomers continue to age. My friend and colleague, Suzy Drapkin, is a career consutant with Drapkin Goodwin in Austin, TX. I asked her to write an article for ElderAuthority readers that brings a professional perspective to the issue of work after retirement. Baby Boomer encore careers (see Senior Jobs) need special coaching.
Milestone Birthday Present Challenge
Aunt Louise turned 90 a couple of weeks ago. She threw herself a party, and we were happy to be included. (See One Family: Two Life Celebrations.)
We wrestled with getting a suitable present. What do you give a 90 year old who has recently downsized and gotten rid of the majority of items she has collected in her lifetime?
Flowers Are Always Nice, but…..
We thought about bringing her a bouquet of peonies from our garden. Unfortunately,… More