Don’t Retire, ReFire: A season of change

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As the light of the day gets shorter and the air brings a chill, we think of the change in the season, something we anticipate, prepare for and expect, without fail. However, we are entering an extraordinarily different kind of season, which will wrap up an extraordinarily different year. It’s the season of change. In this change, I am not talking about...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Entering the last quarter of a crazy year!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times I think we can all agree that it has been a strange and unusual year and dawn of a new decade. The question on our minds is, are all these extreme events the birth of good change or the continuation of more unsettledness of what’s to come? In many ways the year has flown, yet at the same time, I describe the months as moving in slow motion. Whether...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Quarantine, a taste of retirement

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It has been 11 weeks since most of us have been under Pennsylvania’s Stay Home ordinance. How have you been spending your time? Many of my clients, who are not yet retired and, quite frankly, fearful of how it will be when they stop working, are getting a taste of what retirement will look like. The first, and most important, challenge we were faced...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Pivoting to cope with changing times

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times No matter what age we are, there comes a time in our lives, or many times in our lives, when we must take stock of where we’ve been, where we are now and where we want to go. We currently have the gift of time to ponder such introspection. It is essential to take stock of our lives and ask those questions in order to assess and reevaluate if we’re...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: What a difference a month makes

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times My last article was about “going into the desert”, figuratively speaking, to realign myself and focus on guarding and protecting from the distractions that were and still are affecting who I truly am, the “Real Me”. That meant disconnecting myself from what was making my heart heavy. It meant to still my mind and to reconnect with myself and my...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Sometimes you have to ‘go into the desert.’

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt like you’re just going through the motions? Have you felt like you can’t find joy in your day to day life? Have you felt unsettled about it and not sure what to do and how to pull yourself out of your funk? I had a revelation last week as I ruminated over what to give up for Lent, which is that period...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The most important relationship in your life

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times February, the month that celebrates L-O-V-E. Love comes in many forms. We each think of love differently, depending on our experiences and where we are in our lives. There’s young love, seasoned love, love of a caregiver, love of animals, love of nature, love of life and I could go on. Having said all of that, thee most exciting, challenging and significant...

Don’t Retire – ReFire: New Year! New Decade! New Beginnings?

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times So many of us enter the New Year with great expectations and high hopes for a year greater than the year before.  In order to accomplish that, we look for ways to start over and improve ourselves. We’re ready to turn over a new leaf, to make things different, to get ahead, and to achieve greatness. Whether resolutions were made or not, my guess is that...

Done retire, ReFire: Dealing with holiday stress

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are, at the last month of not only the year but of the decade! It’s also a shorter holiday season, since Thanksgiving came late this year. How does the above make you feel? For many, these thoughts can bring on feelings of stress and anxiousness, especially when they are thought of at the same time! Lately, I’ve had many conversations about...

Barrar won’t seek reelection in 2020

State Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-160) Long-time State Representative Stephen Barrar announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection for a 13th term in 2020. Barrar, a Republican, represents the 160th District which covers an area from the Kennett Square area east into Delaware County. He managed to hold off Democrat Anton Andrew by about 800 votes in 2018. With Andrew running again in 2020 — and...