Don’t retire, ReFire: A hop, skip and a slide into the next year!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s hard to believe that we are in the last quarter of the year. It feels like just yesterday we entered 2021. In the beginning of the year, there was hope, with the introduction of the vaccine, that we’d be on the other side of the pandemic by now. Regrettably, that is not what has transpired. Many of us were starting to make plans to gather and travel...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Never stop improving

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times August is my birthday month and each year, just as I do for the turning of each New Year, I reflect on where I am and what I want to accomplish, while being very aware that time is a tickin’. One of the key components to living an enriched, fulfilled life is to never stop improving and learning. Most of us strive to improve ourselves each day, relating...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: If not now, when?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times There are many influential people, like Eckhart Tolle who have made this statement, which only validates its gravity. If not now, when? Each month, I like to think that my messages are thought provoking and will raise the level of consciousness in the reader. If we look at our lives as a string of todays, we may understand and more fully grasp the importance...

Don;t Retire, ReFire: What have we learned?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Now that we’re, for the most part, back into the swing of things and the hustle and bustle of the world has returned, do you, on some level, long for the quiet of a year ago, minus the threat of a fatal virus? Are you finding it difficult to jump back in and adjust to the hectic pace that has returned or are you sighing a sigh of relief that the quiet...

Don’t retire, ReFire: Be amazed every day

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times How do you interpret being amazed every day? Depending on what the current state of your life is, you might roll your eyes in cynicism at the mere thought of it or you might ring out a resounding YES! We all have peaks and valleys in our lives and the cycle rotates constantly. That’s what living is. What we often fail to do, particularly when we’re in...

Don’t retire, ReFire: The value of perserverance

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times In this last year, we all have had to dig deep and plug along an unknown, winding road with no apparent end in sight. Now that the end is in sight, we are still dealing with the slow process of getting to the finish line, almost feeling like we’re walking in quicksand, as we attempt to set up an appoint to be vaccinated! We’re tired. The problem with...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Words matter

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times I am compelled to go deeper into the importance of words, which I touched upon in the previous month. It’s a subject that has been in the forefront of our current events for quite some time. Interestingly enough, it has been the topic of many conversations I’ve had with my grandchildren, not sparked by the media but, instead, from a page of a book of...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: ReFirement at Any Age!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Four and a half years ago, when I started writing articles, my focus was on offering different perspectives to facing retirement and the questions that arise. As the months and years passed, and the articles continued, it became clear that what I was sharing had a more universal message that spanned the ages. While a sixteen year old isn’t thinking about...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: As we close the book on 2020

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are, nearing the end of the year but not just any year. This is a year that will truly be memorialized in the history books. It’s certainly like no other I’ve ever seen in my six plus decades of living. It’s particularly notable for a young person, like my thirteen year old grandson, to be living through and being very much aware of and affected...

Don’t Retire, Refire: Waiting to exhale

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times November is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving. I usually focus on the holiday but this year, there’s an added perspective to ruminate on. Reaching for thanks and gratitude in the midst of this stormy year has been challenging and at times, arduous. Weariness has come over many of us as we navigate through COVID-19, an unusual number of devastating hurricanes...