March 16, 2012

65 Things To Do When You Retire

Last summer I was approached by the publisher of a new book scheduled to be released in March 2012. He asked if I'd be willing to contribute an article for inclusion in "65 Things To Do When You Retire."  All authors who agreed to be part of this project were asked to donate their writing for free with the understanding that all royalties from the sale of the book would go to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.

Obviously, I was honored by his request for my presence in such a worthwhile product. But, I became really intrigued when I learned the caliber of folks who would I would share space with. Former President Jimmy Carter agreed, as did Gloria Steinem, Ernie Zelinski, Liz Pryor from Good Morning America, novelist Stephanie Cowell, and Jane Fonda. Fellow retirement bloggers and friends Sydney Lagier, Dave Bernard and Bill Birnbaum are also included, along with 55 others.

The articles are grouped into seven different sections that cover just about everything you might encounter during your satisfying retirement:

  • Redefining Retirement
  • Your Retirement Game Plan
  • Do Good By Giving Back
  • How Working in Retirement Can Work For You
  • A new Freedom To be Yourself
  • Family Matters
  • Go For It
My article immediately follows President Carter's and is the story of my foray into prison ministry. With some modifications that story was originally published in this blog in February, 2011: Pushing Back Against The Box

I have read the articles included in this 400 page book and can heartily endorse it as an important addition to your home library. The articles are practical, bold, adventurous, and inspiring. This paperback book is available from or Barnes & Noble. Remember that royalties will go to help provide a cure for the curse of cancer.

I am very happy to be part of this important project and hope you will consider buying a copy (under $15) to benefit cancer prevention and finding a cure. Thank you Publisher Mark Chimsky, Sellers Publishing, and my fellow travelers on the journey to a fulfilling and satisfying retirement.


  1. Wow! Congratulations, I am duly impressed!

    1. I was knocked out when I received a copy of the book and saw its quality..both in the authors and the book itself. Thanks, Roberta.

  2. I am not surprised at all that you were given this honored. You have a very professional and informative blog and you are a gracious person. God has blessed you. Congratulations.

    1. God has blessed me with a fabulous life, a loving family, and the skills to do things that both honor Him and help others. Thank you for your words.

  3. Congratulations, Bob. I'll plan on picking up the book and leaving a review, giving credit for my interest in your inclusion. BTW, saw you on a link today on Yahoo Finance:

    1. Thanks, Chuck. That is very nice of you. I'm happy the money is all going to a good cause.

      Also thanks for the heads up on the Yahoo piece. I have no idea where that came from. There are a few errors in some of the details (larger yearly pension, no family estate until my dad dies and then it will be much more than modest), but they have the basic thrust of my approach. Interesting.

  4. All those famous folks are lucky to be in your company. I bet they've all written on their blogs--Guess who's in the book with me...Bob Lowry!

    I'm not kidding! Last year, I was on the train to Seattle. I ended up sitting next to a very tall man wearing NBA gear. I'm not an NBA fan, but it was hard to miss the clues. I asked him if he was famous. He laughed and said yeah. We got to talking. I realized my brother-in-law, who was a college star, would probably know this guy, so I phoned him and said, You won't believe who I'm sitting next to. They chatted for a few minutes. The guy was totally funny and gracious. After they hung up, he called his daughter on his phone and said, You won't believe who I'm sitting next to, and made me talk to her! Hilarious.

    Anyway, I digress. The book looks terrific and I'm sure your article is the best one in there. No doubt.

    1. Very gracious, Galen. Thanks. I found most of the articles interesting and had something to add. I hope it generates lots of sales to help cancer research. That would be a tremendous feeling.

  5. I'm honored to be in your company too! I haven't gotten my copy yet, so haven't blogged about it, but I am very excited to read it.

    On that Yahoo article, that was a article by Michael Foster. Did he not interview you for the piece? He interviewed me via email, so I assumed he did the same for the other profiles.

    Anyway, congratulations to Jimmy Carter and Gloria Steinem for making it to the retirement big leagues with Bob, Dave, Bill and Sydney.

    1. There is a quote of yours on the back cover..very nice! From what I understand the first two printings went so fast they had to order a third printing. Our complimentary copies are part of that new printing. I begged loudly enough they found a publicity copy to send me for the post.

      I don't remember a Bankrate interview. The author has some of the financial figures and facts wrong. He may have taken some of it from the Money Magazine article which contained some of the same mistakes. I was in stronger financial shape when I retired and am more than fully recovered now. But, I'll take the publicity.

      I didn't realize you, Bill and Dave were part of the project until I received the book.


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