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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

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Blessings

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

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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

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Madness and Memories

This entry is part 23 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

By 1999, the world in general seemed to be spinning out of control. The year Jon and I married there was an attempt to bomb the World Trade Center. The Oklahoma Federal Building bombing happened while I was carrying Katherine. Throughout the decade, reports of terrorist attacks overseas escalated in frequency. Violence in the workplace… Read More Madness and Memories

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Best of Both Worlds

This entry is part 22 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

The work that Jon and I did for American Airlines pertained to Sabre, the reservation system owned by American but used by other travel entities. Jon’s contribution was of such significance that he received national recognition and became a target for headhunters hoping to lure him from American Airlines. One of these firms made him… Read More Best of Both Worlds

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Dreams, Surprises, and Bifocals

This entry is part 20 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

November and December of 1994 was a whirlwind of celebration and juggling work schedules. My mother-in-law enjoyed Thanksgiving with us and returned home, apparently a little warmer toward the “older woman with a bunch of kids” who snared her adored son. A particularly memorable day among this busy time was Sunday, December 10. I woke… Read More Dreams, Surprises, and Bifocals

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Clouds and Bicycle Horns

This entry is part 19 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

American Airlines had a pesky little nepotism policy stating that husband and wife shall not work in the same department. This was a bit of concern with inter-company transfers on hold because the company was undergoing a “restructure.” This venture was orchestrated by an outside consulting firm. Perfect strangers with New York accents gathered 25… Read More Clouds and Bicycle Horns