It's a far cry from their previous existence in Denver, Colorado. But John and Ellen consider themselves to be the luckiest people in the world running their small hotel and restaurant in the Belizean beach paradise of Placencia.
This year I will turn 60. I sort of like the sound of the word, sexagenarian, especially since my latest poetry collection is called 'Lust.' Plus, the idea of having completed my fifth decade inspires me to reflect back on my life.
Give the "fulfillment dollars" more weight -- and realize that even savings from a small income can significantly add to a family nest egg over time. Women often overlook "the power of compounding," which is especially potent when they return to work in their 40s or 50s and save even small amounts for 20 years or more.
For U.S. Midwesterners like us, traveling back to the old country for the holiday season is one of the greatest joys of being an expat. We get all the family, friends, and food we can handle. Then we can go back to sunshine and blue skies and leave the deep-freeze of January and February behind.
Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.
Bocas quickly turned into a disappointment. I missed the Latin vibe and healthier food choices. However, what led us to depart the following morning was another reason entirely.
Should I stay or should I go? Is a 'Stay-Tirement' for you? In my quest to figure out the next phase of my life, the "where" piece continues to be the big question mark. Part of me wants to have a big adventure before I'm too old to physically have one. (Although, what's too old?)
Making New Year's resolutions is easy, but we know that sticking to them can be a lot harder. While many of us are resolving to ditch the junk food or to get to the gym more often, it's also a great time of year to shape up your retirement savings.
On the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, many Americans are still operating under the assumption that people choose to be poor and unemployed, that they'd rather be lazy than rich, that they can afford the basic necessities of life. But the numbers tell a different story.
Even though Boquete would thus far be my top retirement pick in Panama, I am not sure I can wholeheartedly recommend nor endorse this town based on my brief experience.
"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...
Where is the myth in building greater awareness and greater confidence? What's wrong with dreaming big? There are solutions out there for us, but they do not lie in retreating to timidity, or, worse, intimidation, in the face of change and uncertainty.
Now that the New Year is underway, it's time to stick to those resolutions you promised to keep. And if you're like the many Americans who made resolutions of the financial sort, now is the time to develop a realistic game plan.
However unlikely some developments may be, when nothing has happened yet, it is always possible to have high hopes for the new year. Here are several key questions about what economic developments 2014 will bring.
Perhaps it's because I have earned my stripes, know my stuff, have learned and recovered from my failures and I no longer feel the need to take any guff from anyone. That's a tough combination to beat.