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Smiling all the way into The Good Life

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mike Cassidy

By Mike Cassidy


Jim Brown asks a question this month worth pondering: If you knew for certain when you were to die, how might you change your life today?

The good doctor then points out a website where you can get an estimate of when your expiration date might be.

So, I just had to look at mine.


The problem is not that I’m going to die this year — well, at least according to the website (and really, doesn’t the internet know everything?) — but if I keep doing everything I’m doing now, I’ll live a few more decades.

That’s a few more decades to pay for, most of which will be on retirement income, and a few more decades to fill with meaningful daily activities. 

Filling both of these needs can be challenging.

Thankfully, along comes Linda Reid, writing on the rite of retirement.

She and her husband, Ken, moved here from Seattle a few years ago, and after an initial burst of settling in, found themselves a little at odds in their retirement lives.

To see how these extroverts became more vested in our community, see her story.

Jaana Hatton takes a different direction when writing about a retirement-age woman.

“I have a story idea: a friend of mine, Gloria Coburn, who is in her early 70s, could just as easily be in her early 20s judging by her lifestyle,” wrote Jaana in an email pitch to us.

“For her, every day is an adventure, a chance to enjoy life. She goes hiking — the bigger the hill, the better — snowshoeing, skiing, to the gym, to art events, brewery evenings, you name it, she’s there. 

“And smiling all the way,” concluded Jaana.

This is The Good Life, so of course, I had to say yes to anyone who is smiling all the way.

It’s not only about retirement age people… we are an all-age publication. 

Witness Ron Medeiros and his photo-taking drones.

I first saw Ron’s aerial photos on Facebook, so contacted him for photos we could use in The Good Life.

He sent along several examples — along with this note:

“Hey there Mike, I would like to thank you again for this opportunity. I think it’s really cool that you’re showcasing my photos.

“I am just a regular guy that works a regular job and just does (drone photography) for fun. My hopes are that people get a smile out of what I do…”

Just a regular guy? That’s exactly what makes our magazine so fun. 

We feature regular, local, people every month who have stepped off the well-trodden path to find new fun and excitement in their lives.

Yay to regular people — may you live long and prosper.

Smile all of the way, and enjoy The Good Life.

— Mike

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