Nora and Art Hall

Nora Hall is a Problem Solver and a “cockeyed optimist,” so when needing to understand the changes that occurred in her relationship with her newly retired husband, she started talking with other women with retired husbands. In the process she uncovered a plethora of situations, problems and solutions frequently encountered in the early stages of a husbands’ retirement. Armed with this information, she decided to share her discoveries to help wives understand–and laugh about–the errant behavior of newly retired husbands. Throughout the book she encourages women to see that they are not alone in the retirement adjustment struggle and calls upon both husbands and wives to take the necessary—but doable—steps toward a blissful retirement marriage.

Nora offers workshops for women with retired husbands and for couples who are, or are about to retire. More information on the workshops can be found at Throughout her career, Nora has enjoyed working as a teacher, an Art Education Coordinator and a Fundraiser. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Art.

Uplifting praise for Nora’s book:

“I found Nora a few weeks after my husband ended up in an unplanned early retirement. I was completely unprepared and desperate for help. I started searching online and , when I found Nora’s site, I started corresponding with her.

I was so happy to read her book! Just hearing her story and how “normal” many of my feelings were helped bring some relief. Learning the different categories of how husbands respond to retirement helped me identify and understand my husband a bit more. As I worked through the frazzled nerves and daily annoyances I was able to start getting a sense of sanity moment by moment by applying some of the “rational plan of attack” strategies she shares in the book.

Knowing that she and the others who’s stories she shared understood my struggles, helped me. It also helped me to understand my husband’s struggles better instead of just being annoyed all the time. The variety of real life examples and solutions to try makes the suggestions in this book very doable. With the coping secrets and success tips, my husband and I have been creating new goals, writing books together and making a new “normal” we both can live with. We are about to enter his 5th year of retirement.

I will forever be grateful for Nora sharing her life experiences to help people like me cope with their husbands retirement. It can be rough at times but, like any other season of life, it is negotiable with the help of others.”

Plus More Distinguished Praise for Survive Your Husband’s Retirement
“…truly enlightening

“The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and funny moments, but importantly brings to the forefront the importance of planning and preparing for the retirement life you will live. If you have no idea what awaits you in your post employment world, you may find yourself ill-prepared for the challenges of 24/7 togetherness.
Dave Bernard – author of “On Retirement” for US News and World Report and most recently, of the book I Want To Retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be.”

We’re not sure where Bob learned his caboose skills, but on his first day of retirement he began following his wife everywhere––even into the bathroom, we’re told. In another household, mild-mannered, but newly retired Tom became the family tyrant, going into a frenzy when dishes or silverware weren’t placed exactly as he had rearranged them. And that’s only a few of the strange stories we’ve heard about husbands’ retirement behaviors that threaten to drive a wife crazy.

Written for wives of the Two Million (plus) baby boomers who will become eligible for retirement this year alone, Survive Your Husband’s Retirement looks at changes in a relationship––and the errant behavior that comes along with it––when a husband retires. Replete with couple’s stories, cartoons, and coping suggestions, Survive prompts women to laugh, to cry, to think––and finally––take action to return bliss to the relationship.