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Retirement Diary: Substitute Teaching in Middle School

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One day while fat, happy, and retired, I was watching television when there came on the screen a public service plea for help. My state had a shortage of substitute teachers in the public schools, and as a temporary fix, the powers that be were waiving the requirement of a teaching certificate for people willing to help. I didn’t need a job, or money, but if my country needed me, and it didn’t…




“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Non-fiction pieces, personal essays and occasional poems that explore how we feel about how we age and offer tips for getting the most out of life.

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Orrin Onken

Orrin Onken

I am a retired elder law attorney who lives near Portland, Oregon. I write legal mysteries for Salish Ponds Press and articles about being old.

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