• MY NEW PASSION; DOG FOOD! KAREN DARLING – ALTHOUGH KAREN IS STILL PART OF OUR TEAM, WE ASKED OUR RETIREUSA PARTNER TO SHARE HER NEWEST ADVENTURE WITH YOU. – I will be 70 on my next birthday, and I figured that I was past my time for entrepreneurial passion.  But, to my surprise, and delight, I have realized that one ... more
  • TRAVELS WITH MARK AND MARTY; YUMA, ARIZONA OPEN FORM – KAREN, MARTY, MARK AND JOE–                                Who knew there was so much water in the middle of the desert? Retirees have long been attracted to Yuma’s warm winter climate (often the hottest place in the U.S.). Affordable medical and dental facilities in nearby Algodones, Mexico are also appealing to retirement budgets. However, what makes this ... more
  • TRAVELS WITH MARK AND MARTY OPEN FORUM – KAREN, MARTY, MARK AND JOE– Lake Havasu, Arizona “Although it’s been said many times, many ways…” No, I don’t mean “Merry Christmas”! I am echoing the sound of the multitudes of Snowbirds when they arrive in Arizona in November and encounter bluebird skies and 80-degree weather. It goes something like this: “Ahhhhhhh……….!!!!” Fleeing cold and wet ... more
  • CITY SPOTLIGHT-SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA Places To Retire- Karen, Marty, Mark and Joe- San Luis Obispo, California Retirement in a charming California town of 43,000 like San Luis Obispo (SLO) can be a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of city life. San Luis Obispo has been named the “Happiest Town in America” due to a National Geographic book as well as ... more
  • CITY SPOTLIGHT-AUSTIN,TEXAS Places to Retire – KAREN, MARTY, MARK AND JOE– We want to thank Ashley and Will at the Austin Chamber, www.austinchamber.com for the following information.   Austin, a city of about 800,000 residents, offers a variety of unique and exciting experiences for active retirees. Those who enjoy outdoor activities will appreciate its sunny year-round climate and mild ... more
  • CITY SPOTLIGHT- COEUR d’ALENE, IDAHO RetireUSA is proud to launch a new blog feature called “City Spotlight” which will focus on cities that are particularly attractive as retirement destinations. Our first city is Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, known in its abbreviated form as “CDA”. We want to thank Katherine and  Sarah at the CDA Visitor Center (www.CoeurdAlene.org) for helping us gather up ... more
  • PET THERAPY FOR STROKE SURVIVORS Open Forum- -I have a dear friend who suffered a major stroke earlier this year.  He is in his 70’s and has always been a very active person.  Needless to say, this has been very difficult for him, but his wife, who is a an amazing human being, found a way for him to improve ... more
  • IS THE HOUSING MARKET DELAYING YOUR RETIREMENT? OPEN FORUM – MARK DENNETT – If you’re a baby-boomer, I bet you’re facing a variety of retirement challenges because of the depressed housing market. Many of us bought homes during a time when the market was soaring. Now, we owe hundreds of thousands on a mortgage we could be paying off for the rest ... more
  • 100 YEARS OF GRATITUDE OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING – A week ago today, I hosted a birthday party for my aunt.  It wasn’t just any ordinary party, as the birthday person was 100 years old!  The guest of honor is quite an amazing woman  in many ways.  First of all her health is excellent, does not take one ... more
  • GARDENING ON THE CHEAP, PART 2 OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING – In my last post, I shared how I had moved to a new area of the Pacific Northwest, and had to learn new things about my favorite pastime as a retiree.  I also had to find a way to create a whole new garden in my new home.  I am ... more

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