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My Cat Is a Junkie

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The oddest thing has happened.  Our Ted, ordinarily the most sober of felines, has developed a chemical dependency.  Okay, maybe not a dependency as such, but certainly a strong affinity, a habit.  Perhaps even an  . . . unquenchable thirst. … Read more »

20,000 Years in Sing-Sing, then a Pony Tail

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I am now seven months into my retirement, and my hair is finally long enough that I look like a homeless person.  During my 34-year federal career—which, each time I recall it, feels more like 20,000 Years in Sing-Sing—I dreamed … Read more »

Ted the Cat Can’t Get No Rest

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I’ve been retired now for about six weeks.  Friends have been asking how it feels.  It feels just fine.  Ted, however, has clearly been showing some signs of stress . . .

My First Day of Retirement

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Monday was my first day off since 1978. Sure, I’ve had weekends, even three-day weekends. And I’ve had vacations—one of them for three weeks. But this was the first day off I’ve had when I wasn’t thinking about having to go back to work, the first day with an expanse of unencumbered days before me. Read more »