Planning

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.

Filipendulous

February 8, 2013

What does filipendulous mean?

I know; I had never heard that word before in my life, until I stumbled across it in an article about planning for the end of life.

Filipendulous means  "hanging by a thread".

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.

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