SHEDDERS, by Heather Bolstler

The story of how 6 urban revolutionaries rewrote the manual on retirement

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The Shedders are six friends who set about creating a community where we could retire together, share interests and provide support for one another. We’ve done it, and in the process we’re finding a healthier and more invigorating way of ageing.

This blog explores the mix of fun, social awareness and passion that it takes to make a real community.

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This is my true account of how six friends in our fifties and sixties confronted the process of growing old. Retirement was looming and none of us wanted the normal pathways to isolation and introversion: an affordable flat with a spouse and a television, a gated retirement community, or a granny flat with the relatives. Studies showed that people who are active, engaged, and keep learning live longer, contribute more and feel more fulfilled. We wanted that.

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Recent posts

Flaffing around

Eight years ago Rick and I retired, moving to Mitchells Island to create our shared dream home in our dream location – confident we had enough savings to last us as long as the fates might allow us breathing time. Five years before that, I was gnawing my nails about...

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Duets in paint and print

This blog is about human beings interacting (for better or for worse) in a quest for intimacy and integrity in our relationships. I got a new angle on that vocation over the last half year. It began when our writers’ group, the Taree Scribblers, teamed up with Taree...

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Ah, hindsight…

Last Wednesday I dropped in to see my orthotist, a guy named Doug Long who most days works out of his home in coastal Laurieton. I asked him to make me another shoe insole. “Sure,” he said, “and look at you walking!” I mentioned that it was exactly one year ago today...

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