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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 ...

2 months 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 ...

3 months ago

Post from Jim Murray

Jim Murray · Tomorrow, Heather and I will have been married for 50 years. We had our ups and downs and craziness, most of which was mine. But we managed to hang in there. Through raising two kids, having maybe a dozen different jobs between us, Living in about 10 different places and going th ...

8 months ago

Inflation and planning your retirement

Royce Shook · While the equity markets surge and investors breathe a sigh of relief after a stressful 12 months, we may be hurtling towards a retirement crisis. · As we know our Canada Pension Plan is sustainable and I believe that while pensions will continue to do their job and payout, the r ...

8 months ago

Our new normal

Royce Shook · COVID, the illness, and the restrictions put in place because of it caused many of us to rethink our values, our attitudes, and our life choices. A year ago, we were forced to change because of this Pandemic. We were told that we would be in it for the long haul, very few of us b ...

9 months ago

Retirement is not just about numbers

Royce Shook · “The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” – Gordon Livingston · Retirement isn’t just about the numbers (have I saved enough, how much can I spend). It’s a new chapter in your life that can last 30 years or more. ...

9 months ago

Retiring Soon?

Royce Shook · The odds are that if you are retiring soon, (within the next 10 to 15 years) you have not saved enough money to fully retire with the lifestyle you are used to when you were working. Most older Americans and Canadians have not saved enough for retirement, but there are signs that ...

11 months ago

Have you lost your religion?

Royce Shook · No matter what your faith is or is not, no matter where in the world you are, I want you to know that during special times of the year your beliefs will be with you. In the eyes of every child and the melody of every song. Small children show us every day the love they share for ...

1 year ago

Looking out my front porch

Royce Shook · A very old one, but as we move closer to the holidays, we need more humour, enjoy! · On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years." · The ...

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

New years Resolutions have you met your or have you relapsed?

Royce Shook · We are living in dangerous times but at the beginning of the year, we were looking forward to a new and bright future. Many of us made new years resolutions to help us plan for a better year or a better us. With all of the uncertainty around us maybe it is time to try to focus an ...

1 year ago

Thoughts on RRSP vs TFSA'a

Royce Shook · My brother retired and his wife is still working and she can contribute to the spousal Registered Retirement Savings Plan she set up for him a few years ago. We were talking about the best way to go, and he said that if she invested the maximum dollars she would move to a lower t ...

2 years ago

Did you get your flu shot?

Royce Shook · It is time. · Many people get their flu shot every year and think it is a good idea. So our question is have you had your flu shot yet? We hope that you will start thinking about getting a flu shot as it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against ...

2 years ago

“What do you want to do when you retire”?

Royce Shook · Before I retired, I had dreams of doing nothing, or travelling or just spending time with friends. I have done a few of those things, but I have also done some things that were not even on my radar when I thought about retirement. I give workshops, I mentor, I am on three advisor ...

2 years ago

Transitions

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

How to be a teacher

Royce Shook · Teachers are wrapping up their year and looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer. How times have changed.  Here are two sets of ideas on how to be a teacher, one from 1872 and one from 2019 · How to be a teacher in 1872 · Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean ...

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

Year of the Pig

CityVP Manjit · February 5th is the date of the Lunar New Year or better known as the Chinese New Year.  While the Christian calendar is based on a solar year, the Chinese New Year is 11 days shorter than the solar year because of the lunar association.  In 2020 the Chinese New Year is on 25th J ...

2 years ago

Surefire Ways To Be Happy This Year.

Robert Cormack · First, think like a dog. Second, hug like a dog. · “Nobody says, Just go be happy — go be a cobbler or go live with goats,”  Sandra Bullock · I’ve just seen my fourth animal-hugging video on Facebook. It’s cute as hell, but depressing. My dog never hugged me in fifteen years. You ...

2 years ago

The best gift I've ever received...

Graham🐝 Edwards · In the convoluted filing system that is my computer I have a file that is simply labelled “sayings” — it is the home of a collection of quotes and sayings. They were curated over almost a year; a dear friend would send them to me and I faithfully saved them. The topics range the ...

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