The Reality of My Retirement

What it’s been like during the first nine weeks of retirement. October 7, 2017. When you leave a career you’ve loved for 40 years, it’s easy to worry about what the transition to the retired life might be like, but I am here to report that retirement for me is off to a wonderful start….

Summer of 17.

The summer of a teacher is a beautiful thing. That is unless it’s too short or you work too much. This year summer was both too short and I worked to much. That is if I were going back to teach on August 7. But I’m not. This is my retirement summer. By the way you…

Jim’s First Day of School Advice to All My Teacher Friends

 I have always used the metaphor that a school year is like going on a long boat ride on a sometimes raging river. There are rapids ahead, and we all need to be a part of navigating the waters together. Triumphantly. Sadly. I have just stepped out of the boat and am waving and shouting…

The Retirement Journey of James Mason Jordan

The long and winding road into retirement. When you hit 55 here in California, a teacher can begin thinking about the retirement process. At some point starting at age 55 you must declare with STRS what option you plan to take for your retirement benefit which will depend on if you have a spouse and…