The Good Life

Avoiding Retirement Pitfalls

Assistant Managing Editor
12/08/2009
The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House). And what they think is conservative may prove risky. Here’s his take on what you can do today with limited resources to plan for what will, hopefully, be abundant golden years. What’s your advice to those with retirement in sight, if not around the corner?

Overcoming Fear Of Mice

07/23/2008
Staff Writer
Bent over a doubly magnified computer screen, 82-year-old Arnold clenched his mouse and clicked “OK” after typing his phone number into the AutoCorrect feature of his Microsoft Word document. He returned to the blank white screen and entered a prescribed command in Times New Roman, size 18 font, and defiantly pressed “Enter.” “Magic!” Arnold exclaimed, his mouth agape and jaw dropping rapidly, as he watched the digits of his phone number instantly fly onto the screen.

Avoiding Retirement Pitfalls

Assistant Managing Editor
12/09/2009

The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House). And what they think is conservative may prove risky. Here’s his take on what you can do today with limited resources to plan for what will, hopefully, be abundant golden years.

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The Good Life: New Horizons for the 50+ Set

12/09/2009

The day you leave the office with your gold watch is a poor time to start thinking about how to make investments. But in today’s wait-and-see economy, more middle-aged workers are putting off the tough decisions, says Spencer Sherman, author of “The Cure For Money Madness (Random House).

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Giving Back, Close To Home

07/15/2009
Staff Writer
Tamara Slobodskaya, a new resident of Canarsie, by way of Latvia, had a short walk to her first Passover seder. The holiday meal, a communal event sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, took place in the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Council Towers, a subsidized apartment building where she and her husband Boris moved a decade ago.

The Shortest Commute

07/15/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use. “I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”
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