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1 week ago

Some Tips to help plan for retirement

Royce Shook · My daughter became an Australian citizen a few years ago so I tend to be interested in events down under and how they might affect my daughter's situation. She works and will retire in Australia, so when I came across this article in the Women’s Agenda I thought I would share. · ...

1 month ago

Pay off the Mortgage or not?

Royce Shook · There is a worldwide trend that is growing for those who are close to or who are retiring or retired. Between 1990 and 2015 the percentage of 55–64-year old’s who owned their home without a mortgage fell from 70 percent to 47 percent, During the same period, the percentage of tho ...

1 month ago

Ready or Not, Retirement is coming

Royce Shook · Are you ready for retirement? I thought I was, but I was not, and I went back to work for eight more years because I loved it and hoped to do it forever. But after eight years of full retirement, I love my job and I hope to do it forever (or at least another 19 years). · When I f ...

2 months ago

Post from Jim Murray

Jim Murray · See this guy.? He’s the French President, and he’s really pissed right about now, because the US, England and Australia have made some kind of deal that gets Australia a couple of nuclear subs so that they can better defend their waters. The French guy is pissed because he had a ...

11 months ago

Australians with a sense of humour

Royce Shook ·  In the year 2020, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Australia and said: · "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans." · He ga ...

1 year ago

How many eggs do I have?

Royce Shook · A slightly different Halloween post. · I sometimes play games on Facebook even though I realize that they are used by Trolls to gather information. My cousin Becky put a puzzle on and I read it and responded with my answer, but I was wrong. Here is her puzzle, I suspect none of y ...

1 year ago

Easing into retirement

Royce Shook · Before I retired, I did not think too much about what retirement would mean. My wife after a profoundly serious brain operation and a year-long recovery decided to retire. She told me she was going to retire and so I put in my one-month notice so I would retire at the same time a ...

1 year ago

2 Ways to Deal with the Uncertainty of School Reopening

Royce Shook · My grandson in Australia has been out of school for a while as the lockdown in his State continues. My grandchildren in BC are going back to school when the numbers of COVID are increasing and anxiety is building in their parents and in us. How do we face and deal with the anxiet ...

1 year ago


Royce Shook · In the time of the Pandemic, we self-isolated or quarantined ourselves, which we needed to do. My question is how did you spend your day. I found that my routine did not change that much, and in some ways, I found that comforting and daunting.  · I wake up at 8:17 to the alarm, w ...

1 year ago

Do you take care of your grandkids?

Royce Shook · I have a friend that spends an inordinate, I think, time looking after is grandchildren not just from one of his children but both of them. He does not complain but sometimes he says he is tired and doesn’t know why. He attributes it to be older and to not being in good shape. I ...

1 year ago

DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

Dominique 🐝 Petersen · The Rooftop Singers were an American progressive folk-singing trio in the early 1960s, best known for the hit "Walk Right In". The group was composed of Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe (vocals, guitar) with former jazz singer Lynne Taylor (vocals). · Darling put the group together i ...

1 year ago

Pedestrian safety.

Royce Shook · One difference between my Aussie family and me is our understanding of the role of pedestrians and drivers. In BC when a pedestrian approaches a highway at a crosswalk they first look to the left, then the right and then to the left again before crossing the street. The assumptio ...

1 year ago

Bush Fires in Australia

Royce Shook · There has been a lot of news lately about the weather in Australia and the devastation caused by the fires, in some states in the country. The danger of wildfires cannot be understated, but the resilience of the Australian people is amazing. · We spent most of our holiday in the ...

1 year ago


Royce Shook · We left for Australia and arrived two days later I love the idea of travelling forward in time but the 14 hours on the plane were not pleasant. Not bad, but still if one was claustrophobic the trip would have been hell. When we arrived, we had little trouble getting our car. · My ...

1 year ago

Car rental woes.

Royce Shook · Over the past months, we have been planning our trip to Australia for Christmas, while we were planning, my daughter let me know that a friend of hers had a car that we could use. She said she would pick us up at the airport and we would have the use of the car for our time in Au ...

1 year ago

Taking a Break till January

Royce Shook · For those who read this blog on a regular or a semi-regular basis, I am taking a break and will be returning sometime in January.  Our flight leave in a few hours and this year we are travelling to Australia to spend time with my daughter and her family and friends. Family and fr ...

2 years ago

The Reality Of The Climate Change Crisis. IMHO.

Jim Murray · You hear a lot of talk these days about climate change. And you see a lot of evidence of it as well. Thousands of wildfires triggered by drought in places like the Amazon, Australia, parts of the US and Canada, even Siberia of all places. · Huge waves of cold and snowfall sweepin ...

2 years ago

News from Australia.

Royce Shook · I have a special interest in Australia as my daughter lives there, so I was intrigued by this survey from Stockspot and the magazine Women’s Agenda. Here is some of what the survey of 800 women found. · First, women in Australia, wield a huge amount of power when it comes to hous ...

3 years ago

Reading to your grandchildren or children Part 1

Royce Shook · On a rainy afternoon, as I was thinking about the importance of reading for all ages, I thought I would compile a list of top children’s books from various sources. On a raining day rather than sit and watch a screen, I think, a better use of time, would be to sit and read with y ...

3 years ago

Expensive gifts not needed

Royce Shook · Gifts don't need to be big and expensive, sometimes the simplest and most inexpensive gift can have great meaning, both to the giver and the receiver. Most of us are aware of the things our friends and family like their loves, their hobbies and their dreams. With that knowledge i ...

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