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My friend Marylen Oberman and I are volunteer mentors of teenage girls at a middle school in Florida. These are girls who have lots of anxiety in their lives, very little privilege –and more school “issues” than most. It’s not that they think their lives are tougher than other kids’ lives. It’s that they don’t often know another way that life can be.

The girls sought us out. Mentors were offered to them by a psychologist at the school, during school time, in a one-on-one situation. We are not there to tutor, nag, or judge their behavior. We are not there to tell them to go to school, do their homework, and play nice. We are there to be trusted, stable adults in their often chaotic and incomprehensible lives. So what do you talk about with an African-American teenager when you are a white grandmother wintering comfortably in Florida? (more…)

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I’ve always marched to my own drummer, and at the ripe old age of 13 had decided my life’s goal was to work hard and save my money until I was 30, then “take my retirement out of the middle”….retire for 10 years, then go back to work until I died.  Thirty was, of course, a completely unrealistic age, but after a 20+ year crazy, hectic career as a municipal bond trader and underwriter, at 43 years old I did just that.  I retired.

I had bought and renovated a neglected little row house with 3 tiny apartments in it on a couple years earlier with the hope that it would help to supplement the savings I planned to live off of during my retirement years.  I didn’t anticipate that the majority of my renters would be University of the Arts students who would move every year and who, quite frankly, could accomplish no greater domestic task than changing a light bulb, and I frequently even get calls with questions about those “complicated” energy savings bulbs. (more…)

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Retirement is wonderful!  I highly recommend it as it opens new vistas to life.
My career was in education  – first a reading teacher at public and private schools, and then an educator of soon-to-be reading teachers at both Arcadia and Widener Universities.  When my husband (who also did the same thing as me) retired full-time, I decided that my time had come.  I wanted to do something totally unrelated to education.  An acquaintance told me that she was a volunteer at Fox Chase Cancer Center, so I filled out the paperwork and had an interview. (more…)

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