Rick: 1, Rabbits: 0

by Rick Ropelewski on

I realize I’m setting the bar low here in terms of competition, but having teenage kids can do a number on one’s self-confidence so I’ll take the ‘win’ whenever I can.  What I know about plants, flowers and gardening in general could sit on the head of a pin with room left over for a rose bud or two...

The Final Countdown!

by Tom Lally on

By Thomas J. Lally, CFP®

We are closing in on two weeks from our due date and I can’t believe how quickly these almost nine months have flown by!  With not much time left, we’re in pretty good shape with our preparations.

We’ve finished the pregnancy and baby classes from our hospital, Beth...

3 Tips For Raising Financially Fit Parents

by Kathleen Burns Kingsbury on

By Michael F. Kay

This is a guest post by Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, Author, Breaking Money Silence

When I was in my twenties, I joked with my mom and dad that raising parents was hard work. I really didn’t know how challenging it would be until years later when they started aging and my mother...

My Garden - Is it Spring yet?

by Jeanette Critelli on

It has been a long cold winter.  I can’t wait to start gardening again.  My dad introduced me to “square foot” gardening years ago.  A square foot garden is a 4-foot by 4-foot square area divided into a grid with 16 one foot squares.  I have decided that this is the year I am going to actually plant...

Planning for the long-term can be unsettling, because aging is complicated and stacked with complexities and risks. But if you are a solo ager — someone without a spouse or children — enacting a plan will, over time, turn out to be one of the smartest things to do. Starting out, the toughest...

I'm Not Making That Mistake Again

by Rick Ropelewski on

Some of you may recall my tale of woe several years ago lamenting the fact that I did not purchase a more powerful leaf blower given the volume of soggy, difficult-to-move leaves in our yard.  When the electronic version blew its last leaf and needed a repair I was thrilled to purchase a much more...

Challenging Myself

by James Kerr on

By James Kerr

I JUST TURNED 62. That’s the milestone age when so much of the magic—and the decision-making—of retirement begins to happen.

For the record, although I recently left the workforce early to pursue a long-simmering passion for writing, I won’t be starting Social Security payments...

The Nursery

by Thomas Lally on

By: Tom Lally, CFP ®


The last couple of weekends have been all about getting our nursery ready. It will be our smallest bedroom, which was formerly my home office. So first I had to disassemble my desk, move it into the guest room, and reassemble it. I’ve had the desk for at least 10 if not 15...

By Brett Arends

Retirement comes with it a lot of free time. But in order to maximize your health and happiness in the golden years, start planning how you want to fill those holes in your schedule.

Whether you’re already retired or not, you probably know two types of retirees. Some of them have...

5 Steps to Starting a Second Career

by Rick Ropelewski on

By Kerry Hannon

If you crave a midlife career makeover, here’s how to get started. Who doesn't fantasize about a second career? Especially if you've worked in the same field for 20 or 25 years, been there and done that, accomplished most of what you set out to do, and run out of fresh challenges...

A Little About Jeanette

by Jeanette Critelli on

I am so excited to join the Rope Team as an Operations Assistant.  I have over twenty years of experience in the financial industry and enjoy helping clients when they may have questions about completing account documents, technology questions or any other matters related to their accounts.

My...