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Taking Risks – What are you waiting for?

Tracey Tracey's Blog

Risk: exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance. I woke up this morning with the word “risk” on my mind. No, it wasn’t a nightmare. This concept is front and center in my brain because I am embarking on what might be defined as a risk; the publishing of my first novel, Duck Pond …

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Classroom Volunteer

Tracey Good News

Did you see the recent story about 84 year old Erma Klatt who continues to volunteer in a second grade Montana classroom? A member of the Foster Grandparent Program, Ms. Klatt shows up three days a week to give those lucky kids her time, attention, and loving care. In this time of drastic  budget cuts for education – think sash …

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Bookworms & E-Readers

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, A while back you wrote about getting your mother an iPad – I think you said she was in her eighties? Well, I’m in my seventies and for my birthday, my daughter wants to buy me a Kindle, one of those electronic things that works in place of real books. My first challenge is that it seems too …

Italian_Town

Now What?

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q: I just retired after 35 years as a teacher. I think I might eventually visit Italy but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Now what? A: Retirement is a huge transition. Why don’t you begin by taking this summer to just relax – do nothing, be lazy, enjoy yourself. When September rolls around, and all of those teachers and …

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Community Cleaning

Tracey Who's doing what?

I wanted to help our community in some way but I’m not much of a joiner. Then I had the idea that it shouldn’t take belonging to an entire organization to help keep my community clean. So once a week, I get a trash bag, don my gloves, my handy trash picker-upper, and head for the streets. People are always …

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Computer Class

Tracey Bucket List

I know this may come as old news to millions of people (billions) but I just completed my first computer class. I have been terrified of them but when I retired six years ago, I promised myself that I would learn how to use a computer. Bucket List Item #23 is now officially checked off. (Click here to see what …

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Yoga After Fifty

Tracey Tracey's Blog

I finally made the time to return to yoga and now I wonder why it took me so long. For those of you who might think of this practice along the lines of “mumbo jumbo,” (admit it, I know you’re out there) think again! Within the first few minutes, I began to recall how calming and soothing yoga is. I …

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Random Acts of Kindness

Tracey Good News

I recently read about an afterschool program that offered an experimental class known as “Random Acts of Kindness,” which gave kids the chance to see how generosity and creativity might inspire others to begin practicing acts of kindness. Throughout the semester, the students took part in a variety of different projects. The “Kindness Chain Project” caught my attention. Believing that “kindness …

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Life Stories

Tracey Who's doing what?

I volunteer with an organization that helps other Seniors get their life stories down, either on paper or by a audio/video recording. Why? Because I learned that family history is meant to be shared. Sounds strange maybe but my family was after me for years to write down my life story. I always wondered why they would be all that …

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Panama Retirement

Tracey Ask Tracey

Q:  I want to buy a place in Panama for my retirement. I’ve got friends down there and they just love it. But what if it’s not for me? A:  From what I’ve read, based on safety, cost of living, infastructure, beauty, and climate, Panama is a top retirement spot. Seems worth investigating. Since you already have friends down there, …