Pinning All Hopes

In the swing-state hotbed of Southwestern Ohio, election season has already reached fever pitch.  Depending on your view of the coverage, it’s either an exciting or terrifying proposition that there’s still more than four months to go until Election Day. 
Much of the talk surrounds Mssrs. Obama & Romney and how who ends up in the Oval Office will impact fiscal cliffs, tax rates, and future as a nation.  It seems like as worried as we are about the many questions that face us, we are equally certain that they will be handled precisely one [read more]
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The Stuff Weighing You Down

Over Father’s Day weekend, when my dad and I were alone for a few minutes, he brought up a subject that had obviously been weighing on his mind.  He said he realized he and mom live 2 ½ hours away from my brother, sister and I, and if anything were to happen to either of them, it wouldn’t be easy for us to be there to help.  He would like to downsize, and move closer to us.
Dad will turn 78 this August, and he’s a very healthy, active person that looks at least 10
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Who is Going to Pull Your Plug?

(from Carolyn McClanahan’s Forbes’ column, 5/22/2012 – click here for the original post. Carolyn is a physician, financial planner, educator and storyteller.  For more on Carolyn, visit her Forbes’ profile.)
We have all heard the stories – accidents, sudden illness, or slow decline taking away a person’s capacity to make their health care decisions. Unfortunately, few people have taken the time to appoint someone as health care surrogate to act on their behalf in these situations and only a handful of people have discussed their wishes with their surrogate. Today I discuss how to [read more]
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Detour Ahead

My husband, Tom, and I just returned from Asheville, North Carolina.  We drove to Asheville so Tom could participate in a century ride to raise money for cancer research with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.
Being the diligent planner, I mapped out our course and researched the construction delays along our route.  Fortunately, we were able to avoid a major back up on I-75 southbound just over the Tennessee border where the road is being repaired due to a rock slide.  Although our alternate route was miles longer, we were still [read more]
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