Welcome to the Web site of Gary M. Letchinger! I will be posting comments on books that I am reading, ideas for writing projects, and other ideas that pop into my head that may be of general interest. Please check back occasionally to read the latest.
I retired from wage labor at the end of 2018. I started working for a paycheck when I was a young teenager working part-time at Musicraft, which was a retail store where my parents worked (and later my sister and my brother-in-law). Musicraft originally sold LP records and “hi-fi” audio equipment (such as the original tube equipment made by Frank McIntosh, Avery Fisher and Sol Marantz, speakers by James B. Lansing, etc.). When I started working there the records were gone, and transistor and stereo equipment was just starting to appear on the market. Over the years there were many occasions when I enjoyed work, and especially the legal and teaching work that I was doing after graduate and law school. But now, after over 45 years of working, I have the luxury of doing what I am interested in doing instead of what I was required to do to earn a living.
So the question is what to do in retirement? There are the usual things that retired people do: travel, cooking, craft projects, etc. Fortunately my health is still pretty good and I can do many of these things. Specifically I am spending more time listening to music (especially classical) and working on improving both my piano and my classical guitar skills. Amy and I have a number of fun trips planned, and I am also spending time improving my photography and cooking skills, and doing a little woodworking.
But I also want to share some of the insights from my experiences in life and my study of analytical philosophy, science, and history. To this end I am working on an essay that brings some of these ideas together in a way that sheds some light on the forces that shape human history. I am currently doing research to collect the evidence to support my thesis and I hope to have an initial draft in 18-24 months. In future posts on this site I plan to share some of the ideas from this essay as they develop. I will also be sharing other observations that may be of interest, so please check back on occasion to see what is new.