Boat Trusts

February 1, 2013

Have you ever wondered what happens to all those boats floating in a harbor or docked at a marina when the owner dies?

What happens to the enormous fancy yachts that people live on as they cruise from port to port or sail across the oceans visiting foreign ports of call?

Dead Ahead

January 25, 2013

We all know that there are two inevitable things that are guaranteed in life: Death and Taxes.

So why is it that everyone prepares for their taxes every single year of their lives, but they do not prepare for death?  

The word "death" alone is terrifying to some. Saying the word "death" or even thinking about death conjures up fear and unsettling  thoughts and feelings.

Got Wine?

January 11, 2013

Honestly, if you have any fabulous, expensive, special bottles of wine saved and stored in your basement in cartons or on wine storage racks in a special room with temperature controls and you have reached the age of 80, I believe that you should stop saving and start drinking your wonderful collection alone, or share with your friends and family.

Life's Lessons and Values

December 25, 2012

The end of any year is always a whir of activities. The pace of each day seems to increase tenfold as we near the end of the close of another year.

There is holiday shopping;  year end tax planning;  year end charitable contributions;  decorating cookies and trees and homes; religious ceremonies and celebrations; school concerts and plays; final exams; and family gatherings, to name a few.

No Vacancy

November 26, 2012

Several years ago, my beloved Aunt Leticia died suddenly and was buried next to her husband in a quaint cemetery plot on Nantucket Island on a very stormy afternoon. For whatever reason, I started thinking about where I might want to be buried. This had never before been a topic of conversation at the dinner table.

Thanks Boo

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Besides the great joy derived from gathering family members together  for a scrumptious  feast,  channel surfing between football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV, and, in our family, many rounds of competitive ping-pong matches, it is a time to reflect upon being grateful for each other and for giving to others who may be less fortunate.

Digital Footprint-OMG

November 9, 2012

Happily, my Mom was not in any way, shape, or form interested in or engaged in anything on the internet.  In fact, attempting to teach her to use a cell phone was futile. We tried. We even had the grandkids attempt to teach her. She had no interest in technology and actually frowned upon the growing scene of  the young and old with cell phones glued to their ears, speaking way too loudly, and ignoring others while walking out in front of cars oblivious to the dangers.