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Barbara Torris
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Why Do I Feel So At Home in Munich?
I love Germany and want to return even though I have barely arrived. Why is that? I think it was in a book written by Stephen Ambrose that I read about American soldiers feeling so at home in Germany after WWII. I had never been to the country until yesterd...
I love Germany and want to return even though I have barely arrived. Why is that? I think it was in a book written by Stephen Ambrose that I read about American soldiers feeling so at home in Germany after WWII. I had never b...
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Think you know about Dubai? HMMMMMM!
In a world that is judged by bill boards and ad campaigns, Dubai stand as an example of what people think they know and what is real.  See, the Dubai I am seeing is not about extremely wealthy people or prices that are absolu...
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From Florence to Dubai...without a cane!
Am I celebrating? Well maybe just a little...walking around Florence WITH a cane is no fun at all so I decided to ditch the baby and cowgirl up. The thing you should be impressed with is that I did not  beg for a taxi. The truth of the matter is we have nev...
Am I celebrating? Well maybe just a little...walking around Florence WITH a cane is no fun at all so I decided to ditch the baby and cowgirl up. The thing you should be impressed with is that I did not beg for a taxi. The tru...
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Eating Through A Day in Florence, Italy
It's All About the Food... Feast for the Eyes Proud chef in Pisa! Breakfast hour in Italy...no diners just beauty. Sometimes only a Starbucks will do... Frankfurt shuts down for Easter ...everyone but SB's! Gelato and Grandchildren Outdoor t ables at Di  Sa...
It's All About the Food... Feast for the Eyes Proud chef in Pisa! Breakfast hour in Italy...no diners just beauty. Sometimes only a Starbucks will do... Frankfurt shuts down for Easter ...everyone but SB's! Gelato and Grandch...
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View from a Chairs with Wheels
See I really am very proud. When I fell two weeks ago I went into denial. I returned a cane that was lent to me within two days and absolutely refused to even consider buying another. I put on such a good suffering act for everyone and did not take ANYONE'S...
See I really am very proud. When I fell two weeks ago I went into denial. I returned a cane that was lent to me within two days and absolutely refused to even consider buying another. I put on such a good suffering act for ev...
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When the Remodeling Exercise Plan BACKFIRES!
OK, here it is...the room is very nearly completed. A few details will have to wait until next fall but it is looking beautiful! My husband is a dear man that makes my dreams come true. I love that guy. Remember I told you that I was working along side him ...
OK, here it is...the room is very nearly completed. A few details will have to wait until next fall but it is looking beautiful! My husband is a dear man that makes my dreams come true. I love that guy. Remember I told you...
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How to See Dubai Like a Local
I always feel at home. In fact the first blog I owned carried that name. Alway At Home in the world carries a special meaning for me. We try very hard to avoid tourist spots unless they are part of the bucket list we all carry with us. The places in Florenc...
I always feel at home. In fact the first blog I owned carried that name. Alway At Home in the world carries a special meaning for me. We try very hard to avoid tourist spots unless they are part of the bucket list we all carr...
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Travel in Dubai: The Rest of the Story
In a world that is judged by bill boards and ad campaigns, Dubai stand as an example of what people think they know and what is real.  See, the Dubai I am seeing is not about extremely wealthy people or prices that are absolutely over the moon. I am seeing ...
In a world that is judged by bill boards and ad campaigns, Dubai stand as an example of what people think they know and what is real.  See, the Dubai I am seeing is not about extremely wealthy people or prices that are absolu...
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Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?
Burj Khalif...not the Emerald City. Tallest building in the world! I keep reminding myself that I am not in  Kansas anymore!  Actually I have never been in Kansas but if I was there once I am not now...or something like that. Travel books and goals are all ...
Burj Khalif...not the Emerald City. Tallest building in the world! I keep reminding myself that I am not in  Kansas anymore!  Actually I have never been in Kansas but if I was there once I am not now...or something like that...
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Travel: Firenze, Italy (Florence to You)
Even after traveling all these years it still surprises me when I arrive in a city and find out that we Americans (and maybe the rest of the world) have given the city a name that locals do not use. We are in Florence Italy for a week. So it puzzled me when...
Even after traveling all these years it still surprises me when I arrive in a city and find out that we Americans (and maybe the rest of the world) have given the city a name that locals do not use. We are in Florence Italy f...
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How to Replace the Past with the Present...a Vietnam Veteran's Story
Image from Amazon Book available here:  Return to Viet Nam: One Veteran's Journey of Healing . Yesterday I finished reading  Return to Viet Nam: One Veteran's Journey of Healing  written by Linda Meyers and her husband Art Meyers. Art is a Vietnam War Vet a...
Image from Amazon Book available here: Return to Viet Nam: One Veteran's Journey of Healing. Yesterday I finished reading Return to Viet Nam: One Veteran's Journey of Healing written by Linda Meyers and her husband Art Meyers...
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What Michael Graves Understood About My World
Michael Graves passed away this last week. I didn't know Graves personally...well I did hear a little tidbit of gossip about him 20 years ago but I don't suppose that counts. Yet that man is a hero of mine in a way. This postmodernist architect understood t...
Michael Graves passed away this last week. I didn't know Graves personally...well I did hear a little tidbit of gossip about him 20 years ago but I don't suppose that counts. Yet that man is a hero of mine in a way. This post...
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Blog writer with a lifetime of knowledge, education and a unique writing style!
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  • the web
    Educator, Writer, Blogger, 2006 - present
    Barbara write for herself at Retire In Style Blog and posts good shopping tips at Gift Boomer. She occasionally writes a guest post when she is asked.
  • Retired
    Educator, 1962 - 1995
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Portland, Oregon metro area
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Tucson, AZ - Huntington, Oregon - Hermiston, Oregon - Ontario, Oregon - Huntington, Oregon
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Writing about retirement out here where the rubber meets the road!
Introduction
Need information RV/parkmodel living after retirement?  Need information on the snowbird life?  Like a new book or a new look...for your home or yourself?  Want to learn about travel up close and personal.  Here is a blog that does it all.

The author, Barbara Torris,  is a retired educator, traveler, writer...she may be the Cliff Claven (Cheers) for the blogging senior set. Humor and personal insights flavor every page for this snowbird.  She has gathered a long list of websites for her readers. This could be just the place to begin your search for the information you need about the retirement lifestyle.
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After 50 years of marriage to the same guy, 3 children, 11 grandchildren + 13 years of substitute teaching I still have a sense of humor. Surprise!
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Nine Reasons I Regret Being a Stay at Home Mom
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What I hadn’t realized, as a stay at home mom, was how my constant focus on my family would result in my aspirations for myself slipping awa

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
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I got the recommendation for this book from a blog I follow. The blog's author reflects on retirement and full time RVing and posts reviews

"I've tried to meditate, but it's really hard for me to stay still. I'd ...
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It was comforting to find Ellen DeGeneres’ words. I thought I was the only one with this reaction. When I talk about meditation I feel lacki

Sift Through the Offal of My Life
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This weekend will be the first of what will hopefully be limited to, at maximum, the bicentennial Pickleope Garage Sale. It seems as though

Welcome Back An Old Friend
satisfyingretirement.blogspot.com

Just a few of the ham radios in my "shack" One of the hobbies I became rather heavily involved in after retirement was ham, or amateur, radi

I Can't Remember!
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Just a line to say I'm living, that I'm not among the dead, though I'm getting more forgetful and mixed up in the head. I got used to my art

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Alphonse Karr
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This chapter contains great thoughts. I assume that in our dotage we can pretend to have great thoughts. Why let all of that experience go t

Six Trends for Spring 2014 That Make me Say.....No Way, Jose!
highheelsinthewilderness.blogspot.com

This image was in my in-box the other day, from Vince.com. I have a few pieces from Vince, a tee shirt and a couple of wonderful turtlenecks

House Haven Tour: Caught in Grace
onewomenshaven.blogspot.com

Hi everyone! My name is Jaime and I blog over at Caught in Grace. I’m honored to be a part of A Woman’s Haven Home Tour Series. We moved int

Travel Arizona: Biosphere 2
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Young students study in a lab designed for just this purpose. I never grow tired of going to Biosphere 2. I am always a little at a loss for

Downsizing and Boomerang Children: How small does it need to be?
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Okay, here is the deal...boomerang children can just keep bonging back! And it might keep happening until you move into a tent. Is that okay

Just a Minute...I'm Busy!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

One of our favorite things to say (or think in my husband case) is "Just a minute...I'm busy!" Most of the time we are on the computer stari

Weird and Wonderful
nuiloa.blogspot.com

What a great night! Eighteen of us headed off to Spook Mountain (in the desert, of course). Our goal was to view the strange mists that appe

The Perfect Dripless Candle (Trader Joe's) ++ more!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

March 2013 update: I am told that these candle are available during certain time of the year when candles are more popular. I think Christma

Travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico: Where the USA and Mexico Rub Shoulders
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Pto. Penasco is on the NE shore of the Gulf of California Travel is one of the great joys of my life. I love learning about people and watch

Shopping for Shoes with Maddie and Amelia!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Many, many years ago my now 16 year old granddaughter picked out a pair of shoes for me. They were Teva's and I have always loved them becau

Capturing the Story: 5 Photographs that Tell a Story
www.retireinstyleblog.com

I don't suppose I am doing this for you as much as for myself. The joy of taking pictures is one of my great loves. Being able to capture wh

Senior Independent Living...7 stages of retirement "grief"!
www.retireinstyleblog.com

Are there seven stages to recovery from the shock of retirement? Do we feel loss, pain, anger, depression and loneliness after which we turn