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1 month ago

In memory of

Royce Shook · One of the people I call a friend, died of a stroke the other day. It was a shock, and so sad. He was about 10 years younger than me and was a gentle, considerate, caring, kind, · compassionate man with a wicked sense of humour. On our annual golf tour, it was mentioned by one of ...

5 months ago

Retirement a major life transition

Royce Shook · Retirement is a major life course transition for which some people plan more than others. As planning positively affects the adjustments you have to make when you retire, understanding that planning to have enough money is important is not the only thing that is important. When p ...

5 months ago

The Party

Allan Latimer · This story is not to be confused with the famous, yet inappropriate Peter Sellers movie of the same name. This, is the story of a young lad, out of his depth, which is usually where humor begins. · I often think about the first time I went to a high school party. I was never real ...

9 months ago

Moving to stay healthy

Royce Shook · Staying healthy as you age is not easy, we are subject to many chronic illnesses that may prevent us from being active. I have friends who still go to the gym every day when they can. My brothers who are all also seniors are still active. One of them runs and indicated he is goin ...

9 months ago

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Jim Taggart · Technology is everywhere in our lives. Innovation through personal leadership is constant. · It’s been that way for hundreds–make thousands–of years. Indeed, some of the biggest technological inventions of the past were earthshaking, changing society, the nature of work and impro ...

11 months ago

Those who shape us

Royce Shook · I was watching a Jan Arden special a few days ago and she said something that I thought was interesting. She said, that one of the most common questions she is asked, “What was your big break?” For those of you not familiar with Jan Arden, she is an icon Canadian singer, writer, ...

1 year ago

Influencing others

Royce Shook · I was watching a commercial where a young lady offers to buy another person a coffee. In the commercial the lady buying the coffee says that the person she is buying a coffee is a “work friend”, but the other person says, “I am your best friend.” Many of us have work friends and ...

1 year ago

A winters friend by Lou Waterbeach - MyLifeMyPastMyFuture

Royce Shook · This is just a beautifully written piece and so true. Take a couple of minutes to read it. You'll be glad you did. :D · A WINTER FRIEND by Lou Waterbeach- MyLifeMyPastMyFuture · This article is so befitting for all of us... take time to ponder... the last statement cannot be refu ...

1 year ago

Moving forward, what changes do you see?

Royce Shook · I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following: · 1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself. · 2 I have realized that I am no ...

1 year ago

The individual pleasures of growing old

Royce Shook · Elton John once said: “If you let things happen, that's a magical life.”I think for myself, my siblings, my family, and friends we have had a magical life. Now I cannot speak for sure about my siblings and friends but I believe that they have had magical lives. Some of my friends ...

1 year ago

Some random thoughts to pass the day

Royce Shook · Opportunity · I hate those who say, opportunity only knows once. Opportunity never stops knocking, but there are those that only hear it once. Keep your ears open, and listen for the next knock of opportunity. The new opportunity may come in the form of new friends who are on the ...

1 year ago

Moments — I've always liked this story and wanted to share

Graham🐝 Edwards · A man was walking along minding his own business when inexplicably he fell into a hole, and as much as he tried, he just couldn’t get out. As he looked up he could see people walking by and started asking for help. · Soon after a doctor stopped. After assessing the situation he w ...

1 year ago

Helping out

Royce Shook · These are times of wonder and times of worry, all of us have friends who are anxious and who are wondering how we will get through this crisis. How do you help out in a time of crisis? Well, you could send them to the friendship song for a bit of a break from the world, but that ...

1 year ago

Coping with retirement

Royce Shook · You are going to retire now or one day in the very near future. Retiring is scary for some; I know it was for me. To cope I was lucky enough to go back to work, but many do not have that opportunity. It took me over 7 years from the time I retired until I started to appreciate my ...

2 years ago

Time passages

Royce Shook · In early October, a close friend had something completely unexpected that occurred to him. Something that shook him to the core. · I’m not going to describe or explain the situation - but I will tell you how we responded to it. · First, he talked about it with his friends, · I ...

2 years ago


Royce Shook · My friends and I were talking about life and the fact we were nearer the end than the beginning. One of the things we talked about was our "legacy. As with many of our discussions, we had many different opinions about what "legacy" even involved. · For one or two of us, it was a ...

2 years ago


Royce Shook · Let’s confront it head-on; retirement is a major life transformation, like going off to university, getting a partner for the first time, or going back to living without children in your home. Retirement may take a little time to get used to; it took me eight years. Create a plan ...

2 years ago

Idle thoughts on a sunny day

Royce Shook · My friend asked do you still write your blog? · I asked, do you still travel? · We talked of family friends and activities as we sat in the sun. He told me about his latest trip, the adventures he was looking forward to and the opportunities he saw for himself in the near futur ...

2 years ago

Golf tips

Royce Shook · I am on a golf theme for a while, because we are starting to plan our annual golf trip. My friends have for over the past 40 years have taken a week-long golf tourney and I am a relative newcomer to the trip as I only joined in 2002. The trip is a fun way to bond with friends and ...

2 years ago

Hello darkness my old friend

Royce Shook · Travel enlightens you and awakens you to the differences there are among us. When you travel your · friends will call you "lucky". But as you are becoming aware of the bigger world around you and as you share your vision, you may hope that your friends will · move forward with th ...

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