Letter from the Publisher – Spring-Summer 2024

For many of us, the change of seasons inspires us to start anew, do some “spring cleaning,” and rebuild the nest. This “decluttering” may take the shape of the long-overdue cleaning out of closets, the basement, or the garage. Or it may mean taking stock of your career and retirement goals, reevaluating your sports and hobbies, and whatever might be missing in your life.

And, of course, the excuses and roadblocks for not decluttering are endless. “I’ll get to it next year . . . Once my kids go off to college . . . once we downsize . . .I’ll fit in that outfit for sure this summer!”

Sometimes, it takes a curve in the road to get your attention. Life’s meandering path intersects with the loss of parents, the forced liquidation of their possessions, and children leaving for college—and then returning—moving out and moving back in.

What are the obstacles in your life that are stopping you from moving forward?

Our latest issue has some ideas that may just help.

Decluttering our lives

We kick the issue off with feature article on Phillip C. McGraw, PhD, whose trademark approach has always been to take seemingly complicated issues and drill down to the bare bones, seeking and providing solutions. He, once again, applies his technique to help analyze how core values have become cluttered and what to do about it in his new book, We’ve Got Issues…How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity.

Decluttering our finances

Dr. Heidi MacVittie, a budgeting and financial expert offers excellent tips for getting debt under control. Her suggestions for cleaning up your debt are excellent from the Snowball to Avalanche method.

And, as always, you will find the motivation to try a new skill or follow a new passion.

Moving forward to new passions

Fencing anyone?

Kay Eldredge shares her personal story, Grownups Fencing But Not Competing, of trying something new … “A woman I know in her sixties told me that every year, she did something she’d wanted to try, different from her profession as a psychotherapist, but without feeling committed to doing it indefinitely. This year, it was Clown School. ‘I’d take fencing,’ I say immediately.”

You will also be inspired by author Claire Fullerton, who continually seeks to broaden her horizons. She recounts in her article, Different Hats, how, a little later in life, she went from being a neophyte in her knowledge of Shakespeare to a prolific Shakespearean actor in the name of “keeping the embers burning.”

And, of course, we have several new cookbooks to share with healthy and delicious recipes, travel, fitness, mental wellness, health tips and more . . .

We hope you will enjoy this issue. The digital magazine’s large typeface and vivid photography make it easy to read and maneuver.



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