Retirement Blog October 2007

Oct 26, 2007, Cruisin' For Fun and Profit

January 20, 2008 I will board Spirit of Freedom, the largest cruise ship in the world for a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean.

I've cruised before.

This time I'm combining business and pleasure.

While we are at sea, I'll be giving a workshop on writing for the Internet. I'll also be attending other workshops for a private group of Internet entrepreneurs. The only cost is the cost of the cruise.

I'm excited. I've met some of the participants before. We worked together as coaches in an Internet Boot Camp in Chicago a couple of years ago. I know others by reputation and from their participation in a focused Internet forum. The level of knowledge is huge. Better yet, the spirit of sharing is an identifying feature of the group.

If this is something that would appeal to you, let me know and I can send you details. Use the contact form you'll find by clicking the button on the left.

If you can't come and just want to chat Internet business, I'm up for that, too.

Oct 14, 2007, Is Derby, Kansas The Best Place To Retire?

U.S. News & World Report had visitors to its Web site rank U.S. places according to

  • weather
  • housing costs
  • recreation opportunities
  • cultural activities
  • social environment
  • health care
  • crime rate

Derby, Kansas made the list of best places to retire. In July 2007, Family Circle listed Derby as a Top Ten Town for Families.

On this Web site, you are always welcome to list your own opinion about the best place to retire.

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Oct 13, 2007, South Africa Creates Pension Fund for Domestic Workers

Most domestic workers are women and most do not have pension plans. The Presidential Working Group on Women (PWGW) teamed with Old Mutual to meet the needs of domesticworkers and their employers.

Other pension funds are not designed for women whose needs differ from those of men.

  • Maternity leaves
  • Other careerinterruptions to raise children
  • Lower incomes
  • Longer life expetancies

The plan is in the woman's name so it is portable between employers, and if anemployer does not contribute, the woman can makecontributions herself.

The new plan is for domestic workers. Next steps include pensions for seasonal workers and self-employed women.

Oct 1, 2007, Where Would You Retire in Kansas?

US News and World Report says that Lawrence, Kansas is one of the top 10 places to retire. A newspaper in Topeka, Kansas puts forth an argument for Topeka.

Since I've never been to either city, I can't say which is better.

If you have an opinion, I'd love to hear both your choice and your reason.

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