Are you retired or contemplating retirement? In either case, you are or will be entering a new and unfamiliar phase of life. The Boomers
Retirement Workshop is taught by Ethel Pantalis Seal as part of the OLLI winter session.
Ethel begins with short lectures and provides experiential learning through small group interactive exercises. The class includes four or five guest speakers, including a psychologist, a career counselor, and a gerontologist. Social aspects of life, finding new friends, and enjoying retirement are the main focus;
financial advisement is not included. Resource lists and websites will be discussed and distributed.
Ethel retired from Boeing where she worked for twenty-nine years as a manager and internationalcontracts negotiator. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from CSULB and an MBA from USC, is an avid traveler and photographer. She also took courses from the original authors of What Color is Your Parachute, a book that discusses career transitions. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her knowledge with OLLI members on Tuesday mornings. The same course will be offered at the Jewish Community Center in Long Beach on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00.
Consider the following quotes related to retirees: “Plans are nothing, planning is everything” - Dwight D. Eisenhower; “Happiness is not something readymade Buddha can give you. It comes from your own actions” - the Dali Lama; “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the ages you’ve been” - Madeleine L’Engle;
“And in the end it’s not the years of your life that count. It’s the life in your years” - Abraham Lincoln; “Happiness depends upon ourselves” - Aristotle.
Come discover how to start a new life and have fun in retirement!
Arnold Preiser, a member of our Memoir class, writes about his childhood years growing up in Soviet Russia during World War II. The devastation and deprivations, brought upon ordinary life by the war, were compounded by the early loss of his parents and grandparents.
Furthermore, the harsh life under the communist system left a deep and lasting impression on him.
After earning his Ph.D. at the Moscow Energy Institute, he became an engineer and for fourteen years worked in Moscow and Kiev. In 1976 he immigrated to the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984, where he continued to work in his field of electronic sensors development for both the nuclear and aerospace industries.
A resident of Long Beach, Arnold became a student at OLLI last year, enjoying in particular the Memoir Writing and Editing/Publishing classes. He appreciates the stories of his fellow students for affording him windows into the life of America before 1976. Having lived in two such different worlds as Soviet Russia and the United States has given him a unique perspective on life, which he is happy to share with his fellow students.
See the Winter SUN for Arnold's Memoir story.