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  • Help Friends Stay Away from Regrets over the Past

  • Being a Full-time Housewife Isn’t Woman’s Idea of Retirement

    Dear Ellie:

    I have spent more than 50 years in the workforce and have successfully pursued a number of careers. I have a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctoral degree. I am recognized widely for my work.

    Throughout my adult life and marriage, I have worked hard to balance my family and work responsibilities and to provide a model to my children and other women that this difficult juggling task could be accomplished. Although I have kept a beautiful and neat home and prepared many meals, housekeeping was never my favorite activity.

  • How Can Freelance Writers Make It in This Economy?

    Dear Ellie:

  • Writing Can Help Widow Through Difficult Period in Life

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  • Each Generation of Women Has Its Own Concerns

    Dear Ellie:

    I was in a women’s group meeting recently, and I was surprised at the differences in the interests and concerns of women of different ages. I guess I never realized how much our age affects our perspectives. Do you have the same experience when you teach, make a presentation, or just go to an event with women of different ages? Debbie

    Dear Debbie:

  • Women of the Greatest Generation Modeled the Concept of Encore Careers

    Dear Ellie:

    I keep hearing the term “encore career” lately. What is an encore career, and where did that term come from? Sydney

    Dear Sydney:

    [amazon cover 1586486349] The term was coined by Marc Freedman, founder of Civic Ventures and author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (PublicAffairs, 2007). Marc also wrote

  • Should Grandma Help Finance Cell Phones for the Grandkids?

    Dear Ellie:

    My grandkids are at the stage of wanting cell phones. They are ages 12, 10, and 8. It seems that, nowadays, even kids in elementary school do not use the telephone to talk to each other, but they text each other all day long. In some schools, there are inadequate rules and controls over their texting in class.

  • Is It OK to Just Say No to Social Networking?

    Dear Ellie:

    I am 76 years old and use a computer every day. I like to read the online newspapers, and I get a kick out of some of the jokes people send me. I correspond with my family and friends who use computers, and especially enjoy sending interesting items to my grandchildren. But now I am being pressured to participate in what they call social networks, like Facebook, MySpace, and, recently, Twitter. I really don’t enjoy these things and don’t feel that they do anything useful for me. I am in touch with those I choose to communicate with.

  • Take Time When Selling Your Business

    Dear Ellie:

    I have had a successful business for more than 20 years. I am a manufacturer’s rep for dancewear. My territory includes four western states, and I travel to see my clients, who own dancewear retail stores, a few times a year. I have one full-time employee who knows the business well and does my bookkeeping.

    The time has come for me to think about retiring from my business. I’d like more free time to travel with my husband and grandchildren. What steps should I take? Jackie

    Dear Jackie:

  • Should I Just Be a Waitress Until This Economy Turns Around?

    Dear Ellie:

    I have been trying to make it in my own business for a number of years, and I was doing OK until this economic downturn happened. Now, my clients have disappeared, and I have not been successful finding new ones. Do you think I should stop trying and just get a waitressing job until this blows over? I am 56 years old, divorced, with a grown son and daughter. My health is good. Sharon

    Dear Sharon:

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