In my newspaper column this month I am discussing early retirement and ladders; yes they do have something in common!

Check out my article in the Covington Reporter site and find out what it is

I would love to hear your thoughts on this article.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Linda, that's a great article. No way could I stop at 55, but would love to try! 🙂 I say, go for it! When will you have a better opportunity.

    I read your previous post and hope all is well today.

  2. I really enjoyed your article. Recently, because of the economy, my husband did not work for two years. He had always worked so hard that it had affected his health. He's now back at work and resuming the same schedule he always kept, except for one thing – he is looking forward to retirement – in three years, not five, or six, or seven. Three. There is life out there after your job – and finally time to step onto a ladder you have only lusted after. And it can involve an afternoon nap.

  3. Karen – I'm happy you liked the article, and yes all is well. Thank you for asking!

    Nancy – Ah the light at the end of the tunnel looks so promising, doesn't it! I am three years away as well. (Lord willing!)

  4. I loved your article!

    I found it soooo thought provoking…I of course can understand one deciding to stay on a particular ladder for security, sense of "accomplishment", etc., but then sometimes I question the "lusting" after another ladder as Nancy put it! You know, the why wait?!

    And then,finally, you find yourself only 3 YEARS AWAY!!

    I really enjoyed the article and all of the things in my mind that it opened the door to today!!

  5. I had to share this with my husband, since, hopefully, he is about to hop on a different ladder himself.

  6. Loved the article. Confidentially, I've never met a librarian who wasn't in love with his job–including me. But then I saw the other ladder…Three years can go by fast, especially when you're making plans for the leap. Good luck!

  7. What a wonderful story. I love the ladder analogy. I didn't quite get away from teaching at 55, but close to it and am having the time of my life climbing this new ladder.

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