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She was employed in the corporate relationsdepartment of the Brookings Institution in Washington for several yearsthereafter and has since worked on various arts and journalism projects inAtlanta. She plans to attend graduate school for a master's degree in publicpolicy. She loves dogs, crossword puzzles, happy hours and running. 2008 The Agio Press, Inc. This material may not bepublished, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without expressedpermission.

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Mark Miller: After the Crash, a New Realism Emerges About RetirementBy Donna J. Jodhan Up until the crash of a few months ago, there were so many of us who had made such grandiose plans for retirement. From the person in the 20s to those in their 40s and 50s and from those who were o so close to retirement to those millions of baby boomers. We were all looking forward to a retirement filled with our dreams of travel, owning our ideal homes, taking the courses that we never had time to take while we were working, golfing and fishing, and so much more. Yes, we were really dreaming then and no one could have blamed us for doing so. We figured that we would have earned it all by the time that we were ready to retire but who could have forecasted what started to happen late last year?Who could have foretold that in the matter of just a few months all of our dreams would come crashing down and by the time this is all over retirement would be adopting a new meaning?There was a time that the word retirement meant the fulfillment of dreams unrealized but these days this cherished word now means continuing to toil away just to keep one's head above water.