Death and Taxes

April 19, 2013

 Tax day, April 15th, has passed and you have either successfully filed your tax returns in a timely fashion, filed for an extention kicking the can down the street until the August filing date, or you will not have bothered with your taxes at all and you will get it done when you are good and ready to do so!

Frequent Flyer Miles

April 12, 2013

Have you saved up miles on various airlines for years just waiting for that special day when you will call them into action?

Will you use them to upgrade your back of the plane coach seat to first class, or to travel across one of the oceans to explore another continent, or perhaps to take a free airplane trip to a long awaited and fabulous dream destination?

I have saved some.  Well, not thousands of miles, but enough to do something I suppose.

Spring Cleaning

March 22, 2013

March 20 marks the first day of spring.

You would not know it's spring from the snowstorm which just dumped a ton of  heavy snow in southern New Hampshire, but it's true. Spring is officially here!

Besides enjoying longer days, budding flowers and trees, and shedding winter coats and boots for lighter attire, spring means cleaning.

What a Tangled Web We Leave

March 8, 2013

Here is a predicament that I did not have to face when my Mom died in 2006.  She never had Facebook or Twitter.

And even if Mom was alive today, I doubt very much she would have Facebook or Twitter as she was not comfortable with computers, or even cell phones! 

So what exactly happens to someones Facebook account, or Twitter, or any other on-line social media networking tool that is so prevalent in our society when they die?

Ponder these questions:

Carpe Diem

February 22, 2013

Carpe Diem is a phrase uttered many times by both my parents for many years. It is also one repeated in our home and is inscribed in my wedding band. Aptly, it is the inscription we chose to engrave on the gravestone that marks our family burial plot in our town's cemetery, boldly marking the sunny spot where both of my in-laws are now buried.