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Author Archives: Steve Richards

Steve Richards works on Strategy for Workplace Services for a large systems integrator and spend his time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, reading, eating out and walking on the beach.

Documentation Priorities

I was recently sent a list of about a hundred documents that were being produced as part of readying a new product for sale.  The ‘exam’ question was were we missing anything?  My first and lasting impression was not what was missing but the lack of focus that might result from such a long list.  […]

Planning A Creative Life In Retirement

There are few things in life that are as much fun as creating things and I’m planning to do a lot of creating in retirement.  This post provides a rough outline of some of my ideas and I plan to add to and refine it as the big day gets closer.  In my ~30 years […]

Learning Priorities for Retirement

As part of my retirement planning I’ve been wondering about how much time to devote to learning and what I want to learn.  In the past I’ve never been a big learner, always doing the minimum that I needed to do to move on to the next topic, or to get on with doing.  In […]

Thinking About Longevity

I watched a video recently about lifetime extension and the burgeoning science that supports it. I started to do a little reading on the topic trying to understand the people who are seeking to extend their lives and am surprised by how hugely motivated they are by the prospect. I’ve spent some time reflecting on […]

Green Smoothies

I’m following the Wahls Protocol at the moment, a primarily dietary approach to treating intractable auto-immune problems. The basis of the protocol is the need to have about 12 servings of vegetables and berries a day and lots of healthy oils and no grains. That’s a lot of vegetables, especially for someone like me who […]

What Happens In my Body During a Flare?

I asked my specialist this question a few months ago and he looked back at me like a rabbit trapped in the headlights, “I just match symptoms to drugs” he said, useless!  I wanted to know what was happening to cause the brain fog, why I suddenly needed 2 hours more sleep, why I went […]

The Amazing Recycle Bin

As I emptied the recycling from the kitchen into the bin today I was struck by just how amazing the contents would have seemed only a few hundred years ago.  The aluminium cans, the trays, the glass and plastic bottles would have been treasures, now they are rubbish.  The seven car loads of ‘stuff’ from […]

First Thoughts On Planning For Retirement

Most retirement planners suggest that planning for retirement should start about 5 years before your target retirement date, I’m 4 years away now but forced retirement AKA redundancy is a possibility before then.  I need to start planning, and there’s lots to think about.  This post sketches out the topics that are top of my […]