A Short Reflection on Retirement

Lately I’ve been getting a few notices of colleagues and teachers heading for retirement. Each announcement makes me wonder about when I’ll be next.

But more importantly, these messages are wonderful opportunities to reflect on the memories I have of learning from the many teachers for whom I have the deepest respect and admiration.

Though I will miss them, I treasure the lessons they taught, the jokes they told–and the mountains they measured.

I sing the praises of my lieges and hope to learn, to inspire, and to be as humble a tenth as much.



  1. Retirement offers the time to structure your life without too many bosses. My husband thinks I boss him, ah that I did, actually we boss each other. What I cherish about retirement is the sense of freedom from all the restrictions and obligations of the corporate or academic world. I wish finances had allowed me to retire earlier, but such is life.

    You will never retire from what I see of you, but it is nothing to be feared. Now aging? That is different, as has been repeatedly said it is not for sissies.

    Stay strong, you know I work at it all the time.

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    • “‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
      Push off, and sitting well in order smite
      The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
      To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
      Of all the western stars, until I die.
      It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
      It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
      And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
      Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
      We are not now that strength which in old days
      Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
      One equal temper of heroic hearts,
      Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
      To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”–Tennyson

      Thanks, Kathy.


  2. Jim – I didn’t realize you were that old!

    I would have guessed you would not need to worry about that for at least another 15 years,


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