Howard Fishman is a writer. An expat from California, now residing in Spain, Howard is focused on a journalistic second career, sharing insights on the expat experience, the culture of aging, meaningful friendships, generational workplace issues, and the arts that best express who we are at fifty plus. His writings can be found at https://howardfishman.net/.

Latest Posts By Howard Fishman

6 days ago

Chasing Happiness in Retirement

Happiness in retirement is not a given. Not an entitlement. And it’s an illusion to assume that it is. Bestselling author and founder of the Retirement Coaches Association, Robert Laura, said this in regard to the illusion of retirement…

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2 months ago

Making Friends on Foreign Shores Is an Adventure

Developing friendships on foreign shores is an acid test of fortitude. Each time zone crossed takes you further into unchartered territory. Different languages. Tweaked cultural and social mores. You’ve transplanted yourself into a world…

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3 months ago

Has Spain Lived Up to My ExPat Expectations?

We left the United States to dislodge ourselves from the inevitable third act doldrums. My post-career life began to show signs of the common societal memes associated with retirement. The tell-tale lack of energy. An inability to focus. Dare I admit…

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4 months ago

What Day Is It? The Muddled Confusion of a Recent Retiree

I might have under-thought the results of multiple, rapid life changes and how they extract their toll on us retired mortals. Since leaving the workforce and moving six hundred miles to another home within the space of two weeks, I’ve become…

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12 months ago

Is It Downsizing or Tossing Out Tender Memories?

I was a clever gatherer of things. Mostly paper. In neat piles. Inside of drawers. Resting innocuously on shelves. Tucked into boxes that lurked in the shadowy recesses of my garage…

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1 year ago

5 Ways to Prepare for the Terrifying and Exciting Transition to Retirement

There’s no advance warning system to predict one’s response to retirement. You can chat yourself up before the actual day arrives. You can bathe in some fuzzy ‘before-glow’ about the leisurely life you’re about to experience…

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2 years ago

How to Improve the Quality of Your Transition to Retirement

For some, 40 plus years of sweat-equity in a career is a singular accomplishment that can understandably lead to a sense of entitlement. Still others, after decades of paying it forward, might view the moment as an opportunity to pay it back…

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2 years ago

Choosing to Live the Expat Life in Spain

My connection to Europe was strong from the get-go. Before the age of 20, I’d worked enough odd jobs to begin my travel quest. Waiting on tables and commandeering a taxi around Manhattan paid for trips to Greece, Israel, and England…

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2 years ago

Celebrating 4 Decades of a Male/Female Friendship of Equals

One enchanted evening, 37 years ago, I met Ann at an industry dinner party. Sitting next to one another at a large round table in a noisy restaurant, conversation soon revealed we’d both grown up in Brooklyn, attended – at different times…

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2 years ago

The Exquisite Pain of Downsizing

We downsize to make life less complicated. Less expensive. Easier to maneuver. More accommodating to health care needs. Or for some of us, to lessen our footprint on mother earth. Though the care and upkeep of less square footage is enticing…

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