Thank You Jodi

Myrtle Joan Perry, known as “Jodi,” married Carl Keatley when she was 20 years old. The marriage was not easy and money was scarce. Through it all, Jodi built and nurtured a hearth for the family. Within four years, she birthed three daughters, Jan, Judi, and Jimmi. Jo came six years after Jimmi and six… Read More Thank You Jodi


The Last Days

This entry is part 31 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

Retirement.. a stage of life that, not so long ago, seemed a thing of my far distant future is now something to contend with. I made my “retirement list.” I completed my online application for social security, spoke with our financial adviser, and made the necessary arrangements for my American Airlines and my McClatchy pension… Read More The Last Days


Relics and Relocation

This entry is part 28 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

The internet expanded from the status of a glorified encyclopedia to the magic one-stop source for almost everything. Amazon offered an alternative to mall and department store shopping and Craigslist became the place to buy or sell furniture and other household goods. Cars and even houses could be viewed with a few keystrokes and just… Read More Relics and Relocation


Home Again

This entry is part 26 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

On Sept. 9, 2001, I accepted the job offer from the Fort Worth Star Telegram with a start date of Oct. 1. Two days later, I dropped Katherine off at school and went to McDonald’s drive-through for a routine breakfast stop. “A plane just flew into a building in New York” the young man told… Read More Home Again



This entry is part 25 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

Domestic Engineering was not what I expected. Friends, family, and school knew that I “didn’t have anything to do all day,” therefore I was a target for errands, pet care, and school parent duties. For years I dreamed of a freezer neatly stacked with storage bags containing meals prepared days ahead of time, all boasting… Read More Blessings


Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

This entry is part 24 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

The Year 2K problem, or “Y2K” as it was known, revolved around speculation of what would happen when software written with dates expressed using only two digits for the year rolled from 99 to 00, making the year 2000 indistinguishable from the year 1900. Most companies had plans in place to avoid disaster by implementing… Read More Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself