Author: Retire Early Helen

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Dad, I miss you

October 2 seemed a normal day.  Around 8:30 PM Eastern time, right after dinner, I got a message from my brother, saying my dad was in critical condition.  That short message changed my life forever. I was baffled by the message: “What do you mean dad is in critical condition?  I talked to dad about a week ago on the phone.  He sounded just fine.” It turned out,...

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Less is more

I truly believe less is more. Some could argue that, less is less, and more is more.  That’s true, too, from a different perspective. In a more accurate way to say, less on A means more on B.  A and B are mutually exclusive, and there is no intersection (borrowing a math term).  Here are some examples: Less on spending means more on saving. Less on clutter means...

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Why did I hate writing earlier?

I hated writing in the primary school.  The negative feeling lasted through my years of middle and high schools, college, and beyond.  Writing was such a struggle. Luckily my engineering career didn’t require much serious writing.  Just some Powerpoint slides with bullet points would do the trick.  The truth is that, most of my colleagues had similar attitudes toward writing.  We were good at numbers, and horrible at...

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Don’t blow the early retirement

I always remind myself: don’t blow the early retirement, as it didn’t come easy. Last month, Tom of Dividends Diversify wrote a great article “The One Early Retirement Book to Read Now!”.  Tom talked about the book “Work Less, Live More: The way to semi-retirement” by Bob Clyatt. I read the book this month, and really like it.  One of the chapters is called “Don’t blow it”.  Tom...

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Inner city education in US

I’m back.  During the break, I watched a lot of football games.  As an Ohioan, I feel proud that the Browns tied with the Steelers during the first game.  That’s cautiously encouraging for the Browns. I just finished reading the book “Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx” by Ric Klass.  This book is so good, and I can’t wait to share it with...

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Taking a break

Hey, everyone, I’m going to take a break from blogging. The football season just started.  As the weather gets cooler, it will be a great time enjoying the games. This blog has been going on for 10 months, much longer than I originally expected. All the topics I liked to talk about were pretty much covered. Here I would like to thank each of you for your time...