Hi, I’m Howard

Welcome to my corner of the internet! 

From the day we start our first job, we are told to prepare for retirement. While that’s a good plan, let’s be real, no one really does it. When the day finally happens many of us are caught off guard. This should be a time of freedom, a time to travel, and to fulfill new dreams. How can those dreams become reality when you aren’t physically, emotionally or financially prepared?

When I began my blog, I quickly realized that there were lots of people who were looking for a plan, and that’s how my first book, Retire Fit, Fit and Fit came to be.

Since then, I have co-authored and published a second book, Retire Fit with S.A.F.E. Workouts.

I also write short stories, award winning poetry, and am currently completing my first novel.

When I’m not writing, I travel the world, work actively with my local Rotary Club, and promote Flamenco dancing and culture. I organize writers retreats and networks, and you can also find me teaching writers how to optimize their digital workflows

I currently enjoy living and exploring Waterloo region with my wife Rosemary.




My Characters

When I'm alone they come to meDrinking coffee or drinking teaA purring cat upon my knee          That's when they come near The characters live in my bookThis writing task I've undertookTalk loud! My ears won't overlook          Speak so I may hear They talk to me and...

Donate Blood

It's only a little bloodI ask you to donate,The need for blood is always thereSome people just can't wait. Trauma, disease and cancer tooSo many reasons to give,Mothers, fathers, boys and girlsNeed your blood to live. So book online, it's very fastI hope these words...

Bird’s Feet

Fragile feet on iceNo feathers to warm their toesWonders of nature © Howard Pell 2020. This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license. 

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves, death throesGolden sobs, Crimson lamentsSaffron wails and tears © Howard Pell 2020. This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license. 

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