I realized that not everyone who reads this blog is on Facebook and thus isn’t seeing all of my musings about Phase II of my post-working life. I created the Thinking Out Loud posts to capture my Facebook updates without writing full-length blog posts. The name was inspired by the situation —I often post on Facebook what I would say to a friend if I were with one at that moment.

Since I find it hard to post to the blog from my phone, the TOL entries usually are written later. While they are substantially the same as what I’ve posted on Facebook, they usually are not identical because I’ve had to think about additional things to say, add links and photos, etc.