Demi, not semi…


Welcome to #retired. I’m Angela, an original Baby Boomer—born in Boston, raised in Pennsylvania, 100% Italian-American with proud blue collar roots, and, as you would expect, testa dura—Calabrese for “hard head”to the “nth” degree. I’ve been writing since Sister Mary Dolores taught me how to. I am deeply grateful for my family and my wonderful friends. I love books and movies and language and music and art and travel and food and gardening. And almost anything French or Italian. In my humble opinion, the two  most beautiful words in the world, in any language,  are “Mom” and “Nonna.”

I am almost, but not quite, retired. More like “demi” retired, which, because it’s French, sounds a little more elegant than “semi,” which also means a big truck. I still work, but without the frantic deadlines or long days on the road of prior years. I still find my work satisfying and challenging, and I still believe that I do it well. But I also have some time on my hands. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Hence, this blog.

Retiring may seem like a huge relief, but don’t let that fool you. It’s just as intimidating as any new job. There are things you need to do when you retire. Belt-tightening, for one. Learning how to fill up your day, for another. Taking care of yourself spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, in whatever order you choose. Figuring out who you are without the “work life” label you’ve had all these years. Deciding what you have to give.

My intent is for  #retired to be like a conversation with a good friend, especially on those days when you (a) are a mess because the rest of the world is, (b) you can’t keep the floor clean, (c) the cost of having your roots done has gone up 15%, (c) one of your kids is about to crash your empty nest, or (d) you’re just trying to scale another hurdle. From time to time, I’ll be welcoming guest contributors, too. Do comment, share blog posts, and email me at



Photo: Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre.






22 thoughts on “Demi, not semi…

  1. Linda Hungate says:

    Brava, Angela. I read and enjoyed every word. As a retired, original baby boomer, I could relate to much of what you write. I, too, love to cook. I love reading almost any cookbook, and I especially enjoy Italian and French influences. My mother is half Italian. But, your description of your quiet, early mornings particularly resonated with me. I learned about two years after retiring that this time was precious to me and worth protecting. My day isn’t right if it doesn’t start with at least two hours alone(except for my kitty)drinking coffee and planning my day.
    I’ve often followed your book recommendations and am currently enjoying Between Two Worlds.
    Thank you for your blog. I enjoyed every paragraph and your easy writing style.

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  2. Children & students can volunteer time (and perhaps their pets <for 'doggy-sitting'…) to help spend quality time with the retired. There can be so much shared friendship and wisdom. The benefits are mutual on both sides. All communities need to start considering this. It is a combined act of philanthropy, caring, charity and love.
    Thank you for your grace & benevolence Angela.
    Godspeed to your organization.

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  3. Sandy says:

    Looking forward to following your blog! I am a grandma of 4 beautiful granddaughters, and I love to travel and read books! I don’t cook as much as I used to, but I love to read cookbooks and find something special to cook.


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  4. Hi Angela,
    My husband and I took early ‘retirement’ 4 years ago, after successfully rearing 3 children, and watching them disappear into the sunset with partners of their own… follow a dream of many, many years, to move to France. We now run a pretty successful gîte business in the heart of the Breton countryside, and couldn’t be happier. We work harder than we ever worked in ‘work’……possibly something to do with a Border Collie who hates to see anyone sitting doing nothing, but more likely the several acres of land, the chickens, and the 3 houses in total, that need attending to. It took a little while to get used to spending so much time together 24/7!!!!! And to falling asleep watching the tv of an evening after a hard day’s work, but the benefits are endless. Who else can say they spent today walking on the beach with friends in cold but glorious sunshine? We can do it, because we are now in charge of our days 😊😊😊
    Enjoy every minute!

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  5. Well done, Angela. As an avid reader, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. It’s light, entertaining, informative, interesting, and subject matters are something that just about everyone can relate to in one way or another. I enjoy cooking and find it therapeutic, my pet are rescues, Beaux from New Orleans and Sasha was my Mom’s dog, am always trying one or another miracle cream to slow down the tracks of time, etc…..suffice it to say that I found myself chuckling and thinking that I know just what you are talking about. Not only is the writing excellent but the site itself is wonderful, pleasing to the eye and user friendly also. I am also a collector of cookbooks…just something soothing about relaxing with a cup of tea and browsing through the pages of an old book and thinking of those who have used these recipes years and years ago. All this being said, thank you very much for sharing with us. I look forward to each new entry. Very happy for you and am proud that I can tell my friends…I know this incredible woman!

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  6. Maria de Benedictis says:

    Congrats Angela,
    I am also a baby boomer looking forward to retire soon.
    We do share quite a bit of the same interest together my dear cousin and I know that by following your posts I will be exploring, learning, sharing and dreaming of a happy and peaceful life to come my way. I am a proud mamma and a very blessed nonna of two wonderful (and one more on his way) grandkids. Life can’t be any better. Wishing you a wonderful ride and so many more followers
    Much love

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  7. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading all about my travels and my recipes as much as I enjoy sharing them with you. Welcome aboard.


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