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Retirement Redefined 2012

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  • AUGUST 2012 A Claremore Daily Progress Publication


    R E D E F I N E DR E D E F I N E D

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    Art of RetirementJanice Baldridge has found a new palette that includes

    painting, golf and family.

    For the Love of QuiltingCarol Thurmans love of crafts led her to learn how

    to quilt.

    Bridge KingL. D. Allision has discovered retirement is

    everything he expected it to be and much more.

    Volunteering benefits childrenPat Paris has been volunteering at Stuart Roosa

    Elementary School since 2002 and loves helping.

    Hook, Line and SinkerBill Rader loves fishing. He coordinates the

    Claremore Jackpot Fishing Tournament.

    Green not just a BuzzwordTodays senior community is finding ways to reuse

    and recycle past methods for a new living.








    Page 2 Janice Baldridge

    Page 16 Bill Rader

    Page 14 Pat Paris

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    By Tom Fink

    For Claremore woman Janice Baldridge, re-tirement is something she paints in broadstrokes. Figuratively and literally. Afterspending more than 30 years in the workforce,lifetime Claremore resident Baldridge began thenext chapter of her life with a paintbrush inhand when she retired in the early 90s.

    Art of RetirementArt of Retirement

    Claremore womanspalette after working

    years includespainting, golf, family

    Janice Baldridge

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    All my life, Id been interested inart, and even took some eveningclasses in drawing years ago atOklahoma Military Academy (nowRogers State University), recalledBaldridge, but my husband, Johnand I married when I was 19 and Istarted work early, so I really didnthave the time then to invest in artthe way I wanted to.

    When youre working, you reallydont have time for much more thanyour job or your family, both ofwhich I loved, but it left little timefor me to really explore my interestin art, she said.

    Instead, Baldridge continued tobe a wife and soon a mother to thecouples daughter, Tamara, as sherose in the ranks at her workplace,Southwestern Bell from operator,to service representative in the busi-ness office, to a spot in the Tulsa of-fice as a communications technician.

    I enjoyed what I was doing Ienjoyed work, but I never lost an in-terest in art it was always there,no matter what I was doing, shesaid. By the time I retired in 1992 for one thing, Id been preparing(to retire) for years, and when I wasable, I was ready. I knew it wastime, and with all of the new freetime I had, I was finally able to takemore (art) classes, and really try myhand at drawing, painting, etc.

    As it turns out, I wasnt too badat it, she said.

    Now, 20 years later, Baldridgeand her artwork are still goingstrong.

    Her artwork has been entered(and won) contests, as well as beenshown on exhibit around the countyand state as an independent artistand member of Three Rivers Artists,an organization which supports thearts in the Claremore area.

    Ive worked in just about everymedium there is but if I had to picka favorite, I might say I prefergraphite pencil (similar to char-coal), she said. For me, workingwith it is more calming somehow Ifind myself more relaxed whendrawing with graphite (pencil), andI enjoy it more. To some extent,

    painting is just an extension ofdrawing, but its very different thanstrictly drawing a subject.

    Baldridge says she tries to paintat least twice a week or more,whether shes working on a particu-lar project or not, just to keep herskills honed.

    I like to keep busy (painting),

    just to stay in practice not that aperson loses their talents if theydont do it regularly, but their skillstend to lose something if they walkaway from it for very long, shesaid.

    As far as a favorite subject mat-ter, Baldridge says It depends.

    Im a very detail-oriented person I pay extreme attention to the lit-tle particulars in anything Im paint-ing, so the more detailed the subject,the better, she said. When Imusing watercolor (paint), I tend topaint more floral pictures water-color is a good medium for that asits brighter and more translucent,but when it comes to detailed paint-ings, for which I use more acrylic(paint), I prefer animals or birds,those would be a preference, or ifIm working in still life, maybesomething with a lot of lace, again,because of all the intricacies topaint.

    Typically, Baldridge paints for herown enjoyment, but she said she

    does occasionally take on projectsfor family or friends.

    Depending on the complexity ofa piece and how much time Im will-ing to spend on it a day, it mighttake up to a couple of weeks fromstart to finish, but usually, my paint-ings dont take nearly that long,she said. Right now, Im workingon something I didnt realize wouldbe as much work as its turned outto be. I was visiting my daughter inNew Jersey and at the garden centerthere, theres a beautiful metalbench with flowers strewn across it.

    When I saw it, I thought to my-self Oh, this is beautiful I wantto paint it, so I took some photosfor reference and later got to workon it, she said. After I started, itdidnt take me long to realize howmuch work it was going to be. I hadno idea there were so many angles(to the bench), and I wanted to dothe painting correctly or it wouldntlook right to me, you know?

    Sometimes, I paint for otherpeople, but I was painting this Im still painting this for myself,and trying to capture the beautythat I saw that day, she said. Try-ing to capture it on canvas the way Ioriginally saw it as beautiful hasbeen challenging. Ive been workingon it for quite a while and Im onlynow getting to where Im paintingthe flowers.

    It may be a long while before Itake on another project this techni-cal, she laughed.

    Retirement has opened up an-other recreational pursuit forBaldridge: Golf.

    Retirement has been wonderful,I do have to say Ive gotten to doa lot of things I never had time forbefore, and Ive started playinggolf, she said. That (golf) is some-thing I never thought Id do or evenwant to do, but my husband took upgolf when he was getting ready toretire and out of curiosity, I tooksome lessons to see what it wasabout.

    I got hooked, she said. So, these days, Baldridge enjoys

    her time on the greens, playing with

    I really enjoy what I am doing not working Janice Baldridge

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    her husband and friends (My handicapjust went up to 24, which Im glad about I play with some pretty good golfers,she laughed) or relaxing at home, creat-ing art on her own schedule.

    This is really the best time of mylife, she said. I prepared early for re-tirement, so my husband and I donthave to pinch pennies now like we didbefore retirement. I was fortunate inthat I always enjoyed what I did when Iwas working, but I think of myself aseven more fortunate in that I reallyenjoy what Im doing not working.

    Longtime Claremore resident Janice Baldridge is aprolific artist and aspiring golfer. After being part ofthe workforce for more than 30 years, she beganher second career as an artist something shesaid shed had a passion for her throughout her life.

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    The need to save for retirement is some-thing professionals start hearing aboutfrom the moment they begin their ca-reers. Whether its parents extolling thevirtues of retirement plans or employers whoencourage their employees to take advantageof their retirement programs, saving for re-tirement is never far from the minds of pro-fessionals.

    As important as such savings can be, manyworkers are deciding to delay their retire-ments. As much as men and women envisionretiring to a faraway seaside villa for theirgolden years, such retirements are not terri-bly common, and many older workers havebegun to recognize the economic and socialbenefits of delaying retirement.

    Those undecided about when they want tosay goodbye to the office should consider thefollowing benefits to delaying retirement.

    Fewer years to worry about financingyour lifestyle. Thanks to advancements inmedicine and more and more people livinghealthier lifestyles, men and women are nowliving longer than in years past. While livinglonger, healthier lives is a plus, it does havean effect on retirement. Because people cannow expect to live longer, they must ensuretheir money lasts long enough. By delayingretirement, men and women will have fewerretirement years to finance.

    More chances to save money. It might beyour dream to retire early, but you could bedoing yourself a great disservice by endingyour career prematurely. Men and women ator near the end of their careers are oftenmaking more money than they ever have,which enables them to save more than theyhave in the past, especially if children are fullgrown and supporting themselves. Take ad-vantage of these high-salary years, even if itmeans working an extra few years. If you do,when you retire you could have substantiallymore in savings than you would have had youretired early.

    Stay socially active. In addition to eco-nomic benefits, delaying retirement has socialbenefits as well. Many people get the bulk oftheir social interaction with colleagues andcoworkers. When men and women retire,these opportunities for social interaction candwindle rather quickly, and its not uncom-mon for retirees to battle feelings of isolation.Delaying retirement allows you to easilymaintain contact with friends and colleagues,and can lead to a better quality of life.

    The chance to give back. Many olderprofessionals view retirement as being put outto pasture, where their years