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The focus of this section is ideas and articles related to the themes of encore careers, Boomers, volunteering to create a new life-chapter, and living in Africa which are integrated into their book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career. Prior to that, from 2006 through 2012, Wendy kept detailed travel journals describing Rick’s and her living in Africa and traveling many places in the world. Each year has its own Blog describing many subjects–about animals seen, people met, places visited and overall impressions.

Boomers’ Paths to an Encore Career Often Not Obvious

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For those of you who have read our book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland, you know that Rick’s and my paths to finding an encore career were not a straight line from our professional careers. As Boomers, we knew that retiring to rocking chairs on our front porch or playing sports or bridge was not going […]

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Boomers’ Power of Resilience

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Please stop by Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library at 7pm on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to hear our last talk before late summer. The economy is improving and every day there seems to be a new medical breakthrough that will increase quality of life. But it seems that Boomers’ optimism for the future—that our lives will […]

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Ready for Midlife Career Change aka Encore Career?

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Are you among the 75 million people in the U.S. who are approaching the traditional retirement age?  Or are you a little younger and looking to change careers midlife to do something more meaningful?  Are you healthy and interested in staying mentally and physically active? In any case, an encore career that is socially beneficial and […]

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Boomer Men & Women’s Slightly Different View of Retirement & Berkeley Library Talk

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Please join us—and invite family and friends—if you haven’t already been to one of our book presentations, at our 6:30pm talk at Berkeley Library on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. PBS’ Next Avenue blogger, Richard Eisenberg, studied the new TIAA Voices of Experience 2016 survey of 1,583 retirees, noting some interesting results. Overall, the survey found […]

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Boomers’ Spending Can Change the World & Cupertino Library Talk

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  If you haven’t already been to one of our presentations, please attend our 7pm book talk at the Cupertino Library on Monday, May 2, 2016. Invite friends and family!   A recent column by Schumpeter in The Economist described the new “Grey Market”  or “Grey-Quake” of global Boomers’ spending capability, which has the power […]

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Boomers’ Ultimate Encore Career: Running for President & Our Next Book Talk

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Please join us for our next book talk at Lafayette Public Library on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see of our East Bay friends who have not been able to attend our talks in the South Bay.  And please bring your friends and family! It struck me as I was reading […]

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Skills & Talents Boomers Might Keep or Discard for Encore Careers

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An excellent article by Marc Miller for a recent Sixtyandme newsletter addresses the fact that many of us have innate talents and separately, have successfully developed specific skills based on knowledge, practice, or aptitude that is learned.  But what if we Boomers are tired of using some of the skills that we are good at? […]

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Boomers’ Social Relationships May Lead to Happiness—More Reasons to Hear Our Book Talk

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Join us to hear about how we have approached “getting happy” through our Encore Careers.  This is a reminder invitation to our next book talk at 7:00pm on March 30, 2016 at the Sunnyvale Public Library.  Or join us at several others talks starting mid-April then over the next few months, such as the Cupertino, […]

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How Might Boomers Empower Women?

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Last week was International Women’s Day. And to reflect that, TechnoServe, the organization for which Rick and I worked in Africa,  gave a webinar to kick off their Gender Initiative.  This will reinforce and expand the many women-focused activities TechnoServe has completed or are already under way. Both of these got me thinking about how […]

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Boomers’ Encore Careers Might Ameliorate Global Challenges

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It is not always clear how one person can impact the world, but recognize that sometimes by changing oneself and maybe one or a few people, individuals and communities can improve. An article in the Fletcher Forum, the newsletter for the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy, by Alan Solomont, might catalyze our thinking […]

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