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  • Things to do while you are social-distancing
    Mar 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Things to do while you are social-distancing

    Whether by choice or company directive, by the time you read this many of you will be spending more time at home than usual for the next little while.

    Although some readers will have jobs that can be done remotely via the internet, it is...

  • Are you setting goals or just pretending?
    Mar 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Are you setting goals or just pretending?

    So many times in life when the going gets tough, instead of swallowing hard and getting things done, we start looking for sympathy, telling ourselves and anyone who will listen that we are “trying” or “doing our best”, or that the problem is just...

  • Common sense versus blind faith in the age of internet
    Mar 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Common sense versus blind faith in the age of internet

    Not too long ago people believed that adding boric acid to milk was a safe way to remove the smell and purify it when it had turned sour.

    That belief was wrongly intensified by the Victorian authority on all things household, Isabella...

  • Some budgeting tips to get out of debt
    Mar 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Some budgeting tips to get out of debt

    In retirement, as you may have heard my business partner, Bill Storie, remark, “cash is king”.

    And while I completely agree with him that the secret to a long and prosperous retirement is to live within your means and avoid any sort of...

  • Do you have a SMART retirement plan?
    Feb 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Do you have a SMART retirement plan?

    You have heard it time and again: save, save, save for retirement.

    But what about all the other aspects of your life?

    The fact is, planning for your day-to-day life in retirement requires a lot more thought than most people...

  • Exercising your creativity
    Feb 18, 2020 8:00 am

    Exercising your creativity

    “From the ashes of broken dreams rise the building blocks of new adventures.”

    There’s an overused expression that advises, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.

    From the time I was two, I have always...

  • Is influence prized above trust?
    Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Is influence prized above trust?

    Today I have a simple question for you: Are you trusted? I imagine that many of you quickly answered “yes”, without giving the matter much thought. Note here, though, that I didn’t ask whether you are “trustworthy”, I asked whether you are...

  • Staying relevant by welcoming adaptation
    Feb 4, 2020 8:00 am

    Staying relevant by welcoming adaptation

    As you might guess from this week’s photo, I recently attended the Bermuda Caledonian Society’s annual Burns’ Supper.

    Dedicated to perpetuating the immortal memory of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert “Rabbie” Burns who lived from 1759...

  • The surprising benefits of service leadership
    Jan 28, 2020 8:00 am

    The surprising benefits of service leadership

    Your life is not about you. It’s about everyone else whose life you touch, and the ways in which you touch it — Neale Donald Walsch

    As regular readers of this column may be aware, the more I progress through life...

  • Balancing your life and career goals
    Jan 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Balancing your life and career goals

    Those of you who know me best might question whether I ought to be offering career advice.

    On the one hand I have never attempted to make my way to the top in a single field let alone inside a company, but on the other hand I have managed...

  • Mastering the backward pass
    Jan 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Mastering the backward pass

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

    — Thomas A. Edison

    Last week we chatted about short-term planning and the advantages of breaking large or complex tasks...

  • Setting yourself up for success
    Jan 7, 2020 8:00 am

    Setting yourself up for success

    As much as it might be popular to make new year’s resolutions, I have to confess that I have never actually made any.

    In truth, I have never understood why anyone would wait until the journey is already well under way to begin to think...

  • The best gifts in life are free
    Dec 24, 2019 8:00 am

    The best gifts in life are free

    The greatest gift

    “Your life is not about you. It’s about everyone else who’s life you touch.” — Neale Donald Walsch

    Regardless of your upbringing, there’s a fairly widely known story that gets circulated at this...

  • Freedom to learn from failure and success
    Dec 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Freedom to learn from failure and success

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

    Throughout my career I have been surrounded by people who mentored me to do things “the right way” and encouraged me to achieve as high a...

  • Gather with gratitude and humility
    Dec 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Gather with gratitude and humility

    As I round the corner from Thanksgiving and enter the season of light I often pause to consider the many things in life that I am thankful for.

    I don’t think it matters a bit which religion or holiday traditions you follow, the close of the...

  • Does being angry do us any good?
    Dec 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Does being angry do us any good?

    Robin Trimingham

    “Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way.

    As much as it is socially correct to pretend that you don’t have a temper, I have yet to...

  • Each day brings new moments to enjoy
    Nov 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Each day brings new moments to enjoy

    Changing as you age. “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. Translated into English, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s quote reads, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    I have always liked this notion,...

  • Budgeting tips for beginners
    Nov 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Budgeting tips for beginners

    As those of you who follow Olderhood will know, my business partner Bill Storie is a Scottish chartered accountant and the undisputed financial whiz kid in the family.

    This is good in that it alleviates me from the responsibility of...

  • To stay healthy, you should always try and keep busy
    Nov 12, 2019 8:00 am

    To stay healthy, you should always try and keep busy

    One of the things I like best about writing this column is hearing from readers of all walks of life. Quite a few of you have reached out to me with comments or ideas for articles and these thoughts are appreciated because they all inspire...

  • It is often an easy decision to make
    Nov 5, 2019 8:00 am

    It is often an easy decision to make

    As those of you who are regular readers of this column will know, I subscribe to the idea that life itself is a journey and that each of us is free to choose the path that we follow and how we interact with everyone that we meet on that journey,...

  • Let them eat cake ... or jam, or cookies
    Oct 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Let them eat cake ... or jam, or cookies

    It was the pampered and hopelessly out of touch Marie Antoinette in France in the 18th century who announced that the solution to everyone’s economic problems was to eat cake because, after all, who doesn’t feel immediately better after a nice...

  • The little things in life can make you feel at home
    Oct 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The little things in life can make you feel at home

    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by.”

    Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

    As I was driving the South Shore Road to Southampton on Saturday, I...

  • Are you putting your future in jeopardy?
    Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Are you putting your future in jeopardy?

    No matter what the subject is, everyone always says, “Don’t look back”.

    For the most part I would agree with this.

    Looking back is not for the faint of heart, because you either discover things that you might not want to know or,...

  • How your taste buds can affect your diet
    Oct 8, 2019 8:00 am

    How your taste buds can affect your diet

    This past week while rummaging around in a kitchen drawer I came across a stack of recipe cards for meals that I used to prepare on a regular basis in the 1980s.

    Glancing through them, I unearthed a couple of old favourites that I plan to...

  • A healthy diet should be for your whole life
    Oct 1, 2019 8:00 am

    A healthy diet should be for your whole life

    Is your diet keeping pace with your nutritional needs?

    “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

    Time and again when I sit down to write about life transition, I am...

  • Are you smarter than your dog?
    Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am

    Are you smarter than your dog?

    I was always told that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

    Rather than wasting time challenging this notion, I thought it would be much more interesting to consider whether an old dog can teach himself new tricks — or whether he would be...

  • Rethinking recycling and the Konmari Method
    Sep 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Rethinking recycling and the Konmari Method

    Earlier this year I came across a Netflix series on Marie Kondo, the undisputed queen of tidying up.

    In short, she believes that most of us are living in homes so overfilled with items that our cluttered dwellings are choking our psyches,...

  • Can less clutter really be a good thing?
    Sep 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Can less clutter really be a good thing?

    Following on from my recent article on the perils of plastic, I think it’s only fitting that I now address the other end of the telescope by penning a few thoughts on the current trend towards minimalism.

    To start with, what is...

  • Does menopause need a makeover?
    Sep 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Does menopause need a makeover?

    There is nothing more poignant than a physical reminder that you cannot “undo” — that your biological clock is ticking and your existence (as you know it) is finite.

    For men it might be thinning hair or a change in libido; for women it is...

  • It’s time we all woke up to the perils of plastic
    Aug 27, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s time we all woke up to the perils of plastic

    Given the intense heat of the last couple of weeks I have been spending quite a bit of time hiding indoors watching YouTube videos on various aspects of minimalism, downsizing, upcycling, tidying, sustainability and veganism.

    Sensing a...

  • Should you retire overseas?
    Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Should you retire overseas?

    In last week’s article I alluded to the fact that a measurable number of Bermuda residents are opting to retire overseas, so it seems only appropriate that I follow this with a few thoughts regarding this subject.

    I will say up front that...

  • Finding the reasons why residents move away
    Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Finding the reasons why residents move away

    As I cast about for a suitable subject for this week’s article, I happened to notice the online poll that The Royal Gazette is currently conducting, which asks: “What is the most significant reason for Bermuda residents...

  • To leave or not to leave?
    Aug 6, 2019 8:00 am

    To leave or not to leave?

    If there is one thing that hurts more than trying to smile when your feet hurt, it’s dragging yourself in to work every day to do a job you can’t stand. There are many reasons why you might be feeling this way; some might be legitimate complaints...

  • Making retirement as easy or busy as desired
    Jul 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Making retirement as easy or busy as desired

    There’s an old proverb that says, “Man may work from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.”

    While this might not be the case in today’s corporate environment, it is still quite often the case for women of all ages who work at home.

  • Are you doing the hokey pokey when you save?
    Jul 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Are you doing the hokey pokey when you save?

    When it comes to saving, are you doing the hokey pokey or the cupid shuffle?

    Depending on your current age and interests, having read the above and the title of this article you might assume that you have some idea what this article is...

  • A wellness box of supplies to fight off flu
    Jul 9, 2019 8:00 am

    A wellness box of supplies to fight off flu

    Do you have a wellness box in your house?

    What is a wellness box and why would you want one? Good question. I just invented the idea — or least it appears I might have.

    Let me explain.

    This past spring, the strong healthy girl...

  • Condoning criticism in the age of internet
    Jul 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Condoning criticism in the age of internet

    It was Shakespeare who first observed “all the world’s a stage” in his play As You Like It.

    I wonder what he would have made of Twitter and other social media platforms?

    Would he have written sonnets to be...

  • Be wary of online catfishers looking for prey
    Jun 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Be wary of online catfishers looking for prey

    an you catch a catfish? This week I am following up my article on overcoming loneliness with some words of caution about online social networks.

    If you were paying attention last week you will notice that I made no mention of online dating...

  • You can break the cycle of loneliness and isolation
    Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am

    You can break the cycle of loneliness and isolation

    When you consider that Bermuda is a population of approximately 65,000 sitting on a mere 21 square miles of land, it might initially seem perplexing that a significant number of residents suffer from loneliness.

    After all, aren’t...

  • Embracing change can be a breath of fresh air
    Jun 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Embracing change can be a breath of fresh air

    If Bermudians of all ages have one thing in common it is a tendency to dislike making and adapting to change.

    It’s a little ironic when you consider that the island was discovered and settled by people intent on finding and embracing a new...

  • Is emotional spending sabotaging your future?
    Jun 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Is emotional spending sabotaging your future?

    We have all heard of hoarders, and binge drinkers and shopaholics and emotional eaters.

    Just about all of the research on these subjects talks about the underlying emotions that drive these behaviours; you seldom find anyone discussing the...

  • How to bounce back after losing your job
    May 28, 2019 8:00 am

    How to bounce back after losing your job

    You’ve lost your job, now what? Given the high cost of living in Bermuda I am of two minds regarding whether I should write about job loss.

    Becoming unexpectedly unemployed is a stressful and life-altering event which can...

  • Are your mind and body working in harmony?
    May 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Are your mind and body working in harmony?

    few weeks ago I was fortunate to attend a lecture given by Deepak Chopra, claimed by many to be one of the most influential persons alive and the most influential person in the medical field.

    The topic of the presentation, which was...

  • Tips to help you get the sleep you need
    May 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Tips to help you get the sleep you need

    Fifty per cent of all people over the age of 65 have trouble sleeping — are you one of them?

    In my twenties I remember buying a gag gift for an uncle who was having trouble sleeping.

    The label on the box read “Sleep Assistance...

  • Reinventing yourself as you age
    Apr 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Reinventing yourself as you age

    When I was a teenager, for a brief moment until I realised I was not actually a good songwriter, I was certain that I wanted to be a professional singer.

    In college I enrolled with enthusiasm in a course of study known as “international...

  • Is overcoming loss the gateway to wisdom?
    Apr 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Is overcoming loss the gateway to wisdom?

    When the subject of overcoming loss comes up, most people immediately assume it is in reference to a family member or loved one.

    Bermuda being a small community I often wonder whether we feel this kind of loss more acutely because we...

  • Rethreading your wardrobe can help the world
    Apr 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Rethreading your wardrobe can help the world

    There has been a lot of buzz on the internet regarding the evils of the “rag trade”, particularly the working conditions that some Third World garment workers are subjected to and the global environmental impact of the clothing manufacturing...

  • Keeping mind and body in motion
    Apr 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Keeping mind and body in motion

    You are only as old as you feel” they used to say. And while there is some still truth to this statement, it turns out that it might be more accurate to say, “You are only as old as you think”.

    Recent studies have indicated that the secret...

  • Embrace a holistic view of wellness
    Apr 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Embrace a holistic view of wellness

    If you have read the Bermuda Health Workforce, 2017 Report, issued by the Government of Bermuda, then you might already be aware that life expectancy for Bermudians now extends beyond the age of 77 for males and women may well...

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