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Another From Flaherty-"Much to do about whatever"


Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

As a general rule, a man has to have something to do; even if he doesn’t get around to it. This is especially true if he is retired. He can’t just sit around twiddling his thumbs, although in certain circles, this could be considered as a digital exercise. I wonder if anyone has ever considered twiddling his big toes? I should think that it would require a great deal of concentration. I might look into it, but I wonder what my wife would think if she walked into the living room and saw me twiddling my toes? I think that I will pass on that one.

If you are about to retire or have just done so, you might want to set up a daily schedule, after all, you are retired and the last thing that you want is a schedule. You could make a list of things to do for the week and then break it down to a daily basis. First make a list of things that should be done, could be done and, most importantly, things that you would like to do. It would be better for you if any list that you come up with, be a mental list. Do not commit any thing to paper! Such lists left lying about could fall into the wrong hands and lead to grief if not to disaster. Let us presume that if your wife found such a list, she might add to it or much worse, make up a list of her own for you.

When is the best time to start formulating the plan for the week? Well, why not do this on a Sunday afternoon? Things to do next week: make a week’s supply of ice cubes, straighten out your sock drawer, look for and change burnt out light bulbs, balance the checkbook, sharpen any pencils that you may have and then clean out the pencil sharpener. That be enough for the first week; you don’t want to over do it.

Here is something that you must realize, if you are going to make a success of it, retirement is like any business. You can prepare yourself for it, but on the job training is the only way you can learn how to be a success at it. The best thing that you can do is to consult with a retiree and learn from him. He will show you the pitfalls and snares that await the foolhardy and the unwary. I only wish that I had had such guidance when I was first starting my retirement. Well, it is too late for me. I made my mistakes and I have to live with the results of my ignorance, but you are young and just about to start on a life of leisure and contentment.

The key word is BUSY; you must absolutely, at all times, appear to be BUSY, with .....
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Journal Writing Project-Kyle Anderson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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As I walk through the halls at my high school, I see kids huddled in their groups of friends talking about what happened on the weekend. Conversations about what movie someone went to, a place someone visited, or something that a person bought. Nothi ..... 
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The Commute: Joy at the Dome

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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My family and I made the trip to the championship game last Saturday. My kids, ages three and seven, had never seen the Metrodome. They speculated before our trip about how big it would be, and whether they’d see any Minnesota Vikings or Twins just h ..... 
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Township Roads – Bragging Rights

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
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Deb and I traveled to Minot recently to attend the Board meeting of our national farm management instructors’ organization. One of our colleagues told us that he had received a nice compliment from his administrator back home. He was asked, "What bun ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Matt Ruen

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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This recent Tuesday, at the gloaming hour,  I sat me down, a sad lament to write.  This poem unfolded like a budding flow’r,  As I did long for frosty snow so white.
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Prairie Notes -The near-winter landscape

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
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Some seasons get all the breaks. Take spring, for example. Most of us look forward to the budding trees, the greening lawns, and even the yellowing dandelions. Summer, too, holds the promise of pinks and blues and purples in gardens and on bushes gal ..... 
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Student Writing Project - Jacob Grant

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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What do you want out of life? Can you remember the last time someone asked you this intriguing question, or the last time you asked yourself? Quite possibly, it’s been years since this subject has arisen. The reason for this may be because you are mo ..... 
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