Retiring Boomer Style and Tribute to the Great Cos Barnes



by Carrie Frye | Photography by Diana Matthews


November’s colors make for a brilliant Carolina landscape that never ceases to amaze me. Its beauty always makes me want to hold on and take it all in before the leaves fade and fall away, giving way to the next season.

This month, we celebrate Retiring Boomer Style: the trends, a retirement primer to protect your nest egg, choosing a community and weighing the options of aging in place, moving, downsizing and staying active in this “land of unstructured time.”

With the holidays fast approaching, we share some delicious recipes: Southern pecan pie, Italian sesame seed cookies, crustless Swiss chard tomato quiche and creamy avocado hummus. Co-editor Jeeves was happy to weigh in on this month’s Generations question since it is food-related. There are some helpful and healthy holiday-eating tips, too.

We sit down for Carolina Conversations with the North Carolina Symphony’s recently retired Maestro William Henry Curry to see how he plans on conducting his second 50.

cos-barnesAnd as November marks the time for counting our blessings, it is with much gratitude that we dedicate this issue to our Literary Circle columnist Cos Barnes. We lost a friend with her passing last month. Cos, at 84, lived every day, always offering a helping hand, a kind word and a sweet smile. A voracious reader, poet, writer, woman of faith and friend to all who knew her, Cos left her mark and left her community a better place. She will be missed. Cos never missed a deadline or an issue in the magazine’s tenure. She was always a champion of our publication. For that, I could never adequately thank her, but I am forever grateful for knowing her. Godspeed, Cos.

Thank you so much for turning these pages with us again this month. Jeeves is anxiously awaiting his next can of turkey and vegetables, his favorite flavor year-round. Until next month…