We retired in 2005 and after a few years of playing part-time teacher by subbing. We then decided to seek our "other" passion as an author, by taking a few writing courses.
After publishing a number of articles in national magazines we earned the contract to write the Alberta Distant Learning junior high summer program in Social Studies.
In 2014 we began publishing a series of children picture books about a child with ADHD, a series that continues to today. This led to a number of successful presentations to Teacher Conventions throughout Alberta about ADHD.
Meanwhile we were invited to write the first book, Canada Becomes a Federation, in a series called Canada Turns 150.
Today we are working with the City of Leduc on writing historic articles for the various city parks named after early pioneers and a history book about Leduc.
A new aspect has been doing presentations to classrooms by Facetime and Skype about being an author. This is the best job yet as it combines our skill as a teacher and a writer!
Retirement has allowed us to travel, write, and do many of the things we wanted to do but didn't have the time while working. We have come to realize that being an "educator" does not stop when you retire from the classroom.
Our website tdirsa.com provides additional information about what we are working on.