Reading the Monsters

Photo by Jim LaBate

I’ve been retired for almost a year now, and when I bump into people I haven’t seen in a while, they usually ask me two questions:

How’s retirement?

What are you doing?

The first question is easy, and I quickly answer with a one-word response: “Great.” I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom I now have to do whatever I want each day. During my 40-plus years as a teacher, I used…