Monthly Archives: December 2016

Thank You, Carrie Fisher and Maurice Benard for Speaking Out on Bipolar Disorder/ The Good Work

question internet answers, always

Are internet answers always valid?

“Bipolar disorder, it’s a challenge. But it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

 – Carrie Fisher


During the late spring of 1977, my boyfriend and I joined countless others in going to see “Star Wars.” I was mostly entertained by the whimsical nature of the film, especially the famous bar scene. And I did enjoyed seeing Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, a beautiful and fearless heroine — a rarity for box office fare, back then.

Positive Thinking: Not Just for Rocky Anymore / The Good Thoughts

rocky the stuffed white tiger

A positive thinking winner!

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

  – Henry Ford


This is Rocky. He has a survival story of his own to tell.

When our daughter Liane was 9 years old, our family took a trip to Cape Cod. It quickly became one of our favorite vacation spots. Rainy days there was even a game arcade that kept us all entertained, and dry. On one such visit, Liane won a stuffed white tiger from one of those infuriating machines that takes all your change before it throws a paltry stuffed animal your way. Of course, the tiger came home with us and spent several uneventful years in Liane’s room.

One day, Liane and I decided to weed through her overflowing collection of stuffed animals. Clearly, the black-striped white tiger had to go. He wasn’t particularly attractive, huggable, or lovable in any way. Into the black plastic garbage bag he went.

Early forced retirement: The downsizing ride begins / The Good Advice

New York Stock Exchange and General Washington

A sometimes hectic life.

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

   –  Oscar Wilde


My father wasn’t one to offer too much advice. He usually just worked hard, and quietly lived the family life. He was a chemical engineer, who was employed by the same engineering firm for about 35 years, until he retired at age 65. That’s how it was in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. You worked for one company all your adult life, if you could. Loyalty was a big plus to employers. Job-hopping was severely frowned upon by all; employers would see you as a person who was untrustworthy, as you might pick up and quit at any time.

Hello world!

Why did we start the 30 day blog challenge? 

We have had a lot of experiences and for a while the two of us have been talking about putting some of them down as advice to others so that they could learn about challenges they will discover on the downsizing road. Laura saw the 30 day blog challenge advertised and we are following the course to lean more about how to get our blog out to the world.

Contributed by: Bob
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