American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received their Social Security checks outside the U.S. in early 2015, an increase of 57% since the year 2000.
As Bloomberg notes, a strong dollar — coupled with a decline in other currencies — continues to play a part in the number of Americans who retire on the cheap overseas. In Mexico, for example, a devalued peso has meant lower living expenses for those who reside in the country but continue to bring in American income.
When Beretta, my Great Dane therapy dog, and I visit a hospital on one of our weekly visits, he knows the routine.
He walks into the nurse’s station and meets the recreational therapist who works with us. She accompanies us on our rounds. By now, Beretta knows what to expect. He visits patients in about twenty rooms. The hallways are always bustling with activity, but the rooms are usually quite quiet, which is where he prefers to spend his time.
As we walk down the hall, Beretta noses into…
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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that had been raging for more than two years and shortly following the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to Americans:
“Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving.”
His wish for all of us was to “solemnly, reverently and gratefully” acknowledge the nation’s many blessings.