Retiring? Now What?

By Linda Ketron

As a veteran generalist, I thought it strange to be asked for my “expert” thoughts on retirement, because I am so NOT retired. Even though I did, rather publicly, jump through all the retirement protocol in 2015, in order to receive my South Carolina pension for leading the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CCU for more than a decade. Closing that door in great shape and in good hands allowed me to expand all my other interests (see below!). But if you are about to retire and don’t have a series of pursuits that you’ve been chomping at the bit to undertake, I have three suggestions:

  • Take some short courses at OLLI ( Taste of OLLI is in early January and gives you a sampling of all that is offered in the coming semester; you just might find an avocation to pursue – painting, photography, stained glass, memoir writing, tai chi. Or attend the free programming at the library (lectures, demonstrations, classic and foreign films, live music) – learning keeps you vital and engaged (;
  • Stop by “Know the Neck, Come Connect” Volunteer Fair at the Waccamaw Library on Friday, February 9, 9 am-2 pm to check out all the local nonprofits’ needs and opportunities – giving of yourself and your talents has so many rewards; and by all means,
  • Read. Read. Read. Why not start with Amy Webb’s Stones at the Crossing, a valuable lesson in living fully and appreciating the milestones on your path before some life-threatening crisis forces your hand.

Linda’s “retirement” includes Friends of the Waccamaw Library (now 28 years of active participation); Bike the Neck (after 24 years, nearing completion of 16 miles of the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway from Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island); Art Works (now beginning its 21st year of exhibiting local artists); The Moveable Feast (celebrating 20 years in January of weekly literary luncheons); CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) which continues to offer unique personal growth experiences; CLASS Publishing Division (11 titles in four years); and the Kimbel Concert Series (8 concerts in two years).

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  • Linda Ketron

    Linda Ketron

    To find out what’s going on in all these areas, visit or sign up for the Friends of Waccamaw Library’s Community Connector, a bi-monthly digital newsletter, by sending your e-dress.

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