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Work & Family Newsletter - January (05)

Happy New Year everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying this first month of 2005. I know I am. However, I am just a little anxious because I am retiring in February. Although I have been preparing for this for awhile, it's going to feel peculiar not having a rigid schedule.

Coincidentally I was asked to review a book titled "Looking Forward: An Optimist's Guide to Retirement". Other coincidental things have happened as well, so this Pisces child knows that this is definitely the right time to move in a different direction. Yah Vannie!. By the way, look for my review of "Looking Forward" in February, by that time I will have a small taste of what it means to be retired. Still thinking about what I should do about Social Security. Should I take it early or wait?? I would definately welcome e-mails on this one from those who have had to make the same early retirement decision.

With an eye towards leaving the workplace and as a former employment consultant, I offer some on the advice to those just entering the WP. Check out On The Job--Move Up From Administrative Entry Level. The article links to a list of excellent professional organizations.

Other articles you may have missed this month include:

Our monthly quotes. Always free to use for your web site and personal use.

Science journalist Daniel Pendick says, "On the open ocean, tsunami waves approach speeds of 500 mph, almost fast enough to keep pace with a jetliner." You can read the full article What is Tsunamis?.

How U.S. Federal Law Check 21 affects you and the way you presently write checks.

Trantrums from a childs view. Diffusing Your Child's Temper Tantrums.

The January/February discussion novel in our Forum is Blind Spot by Stephanie Kane. If you have read this book (or other Stephanie Kane novels) please join us.

The January recipe is for grouper fish. Grouper is wonderful. Try this easy recipe.

Also, see the January Almanac, a short History of January Events. Actor Tony Randall was among the Public Figures We Lost in 2004. Many of you know Randall as Felix, the 'neat one' to Jack Klugman's Oscar, the 'grungy one' in the syndicated television show "The Odd Couple", he was 84 years old.

As always, please feel free to pass this information along.

Many blessings,
Vannie Ryanes, Work & Family Editor
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