Nov 12, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Nov 5, 2019 8:00 am
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,...
Oct 29, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Oct 22, 2019 8:00 am
“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...
Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am
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,...
Oct 8, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Sep 17, 2019 8:00 am
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,...
Sep 10, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Sep 3, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Aug 27, 2019 8:00 am
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.
Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Aug 6, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jul 30, 2019 8:00 am
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.
Jul 23, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jul 9, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 25, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 11, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 4, 2019 8:00 am
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...
May 21, 2019 8:00 am
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...
May 7, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Apr 30, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Apr 23, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Apr 16, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Apr 9, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Mar 26, 2019 8:00 am
For the last year of your working life you counted the days until you would be free like a kid looking forward to Christmas.
You calculated your retirement income, filled out all the paperwork, and tried to look suitably demure at the...
Mar 19, 2019 8:00 am
As those of you who have followed the development of Olderhood already know, our company started when my business partner decided to accept an early retirement offer from his employer.
Being a qualified Scottish CA and experienced...
Mar 12, 2019 8:00 am
If you are approaching the age of 60, it is normal for thoughts of retirement to start occupying your mind.
For some people, the last five years of work seem like an eternity as they count the days and months until they are “free”.
Mar 5, 2019 8:00 am
Remember what it was like when you landed your first “real” job?
The light-footed way you glided through the lobby, the thrill you felt when you opened your first box of business cards, the nervousness of recording your voice message? You...
Jan 29, 2019 8:00 am
Millennials are the paradox generation. Thanks to the advent of social media, they crave news updates, attention and validation perhaps more than any previous generation and yet they shun personal communication so vehemently that many of them...
Dec 18, 2018 8:00 am
We all come into this world looking to our parents to explain the facts of life — how we grow, how we should live and how to get ahead in life.
But in this age of rapid advances in science, medicine, technology and ease of access to...
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