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September 2017
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Facing Facts

To some folk, it’s the gift wrapping, not the gift that matters! Continue to add to your scrapbook of life and enjoy the fact that you have something most people lack … an abundance of non-surgically enhanced self-worth and honor. 

Legal Ease

Is a Trust Still a Trust by any Other Name? Confusion Can Ensue

It can get a little confusing because these types of trusts go by many different names including revocable living trust, living trust, revocable trust and inter-vivos trust. Also, sometimes these types of trusts don’t use any of those names in the title other than the word “trust,” along with the name of the person who created it.


Six Tips for Surviving a Road Trip

If you are thinking of leaving on a road trip, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are six things you can do to make sure your trip is everything you want it to be.


Targeted Philanthropy: Support Causes That Align with Your Values and Priorities

When deciding where to direct your financial giving, consider how effectively the organization will use your gift and what matters most to you.

The Midnight Gardener

Things to Do – and Not to Do – In Your Garden this Fall

Enjoy these last lovely days in the garden and let the memories and anticipation of springtime sustain you throughout the winter.

August 2017
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A Time to Strike Back

This is such a common but misunderstood emotion after the loss of a partner. Whether you jumped back into your life with a lighter heart or wallowed in sadness and regret day after endless day, it still takes a mighty amount of self-awareness to deal with the changes and to pull yourself towards “normal” again.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Grandkids, Money and Ghosts

We would go into their bedroom. I would pull the shades on the windows and turn out all the lights, then I would get into a part of the room where they couldn't find me, change my voice, and tell them a ghost story.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

The Best Years of Our Lives

It is left to the minor characters of Butch and Al’s son, Rob, to introduce the post-war world for us by discussing the atom bomb. The central characters are too preoccupied with jobs, and fitting into their families and fitting into their clothes to care about the new geopolitical realities.


Don’t Leave a Bitter Legacy

Could things have been different if my parents completed their wills with the help of a professional, and sat down with us to tell us their wishes? I would hope so.

July 2017

Working for Skippy? How to Get Along with a Much Younger Boss

It’s common for those of us with decades of experience to look at the new CEO and ask, “what did he do to earn that job?” But this is reality. To us they are peers of our kids or grandkids, and to them, we’re practically the crypt-keepers.

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Languages Ruuules

I further share your consternation that this plague of pointless platitudes isn’t limited to the young. I've heard full-grown adults using such juvenile vernacular that I find myself questioning their values and hoping that they haven’t produced equivalent offspring.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Lessons Charles Manson Taught Me

He often showed his bitterness at the court system for keeping him imprisoned half of his life.  But he also had words of warning to society for abandoning its children and turning to money, cocktails, and easy living rather than taking care of its children.

The Midnight Gardener

Leave a Tasty Legacy – Plant an Apple Tree

With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire was destined to be a hit when it was developed in the 1940s. The Empire apple is a McIntosh type, but it keeps longer in storage.


An Oil Change Ain’t What It Used to Be

For long-term engine reliability, important for seniors who keep their vehicles a long time, a synthetic engine oil can result in less wear over the life of the vehicle.

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