Rhode Island Vacation

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It’s Not Cape Cod; but It Works

For just about every year over the last ten years we have trekked to Cape Cod for a summer vacation with Martha’s family of 18 nieces and nephews, siblings and “outlaws”.  We have many wonderful memories and some truly hilarious stories.  However, a lot of the...

Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

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“This is virtually impossible!” my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, “who thought geometry was important anyway?” “Actually,” I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, ”it is virtually possible.” Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was...

House Hunting

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This pandemic is an odd time to be doing lots of things, and house hunting is certainly one of them.  The search began back in January.  I like my little house, but after a few years here, it seemed like time to find something with a little more space, in a nicer neighborhood, and closer to work. ...

There’s a Snake in My Boot...

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Not really. The snake was not in my boot, but one of Keenan’s pet snakes did get loose over the weekend.

Since I mostly write about my animals, it should come to no surprise that I am coming to you with another animal related story! This time, about my boyfriend’s snake.

On Sunday night we...

Your estate plan may be your last words to those you leave behind. If you’re a parent, you should think carefully about the message you’ll be sending.

Parents who leave their children unequal inheritances risk fueling family feuds. But strictly equal bequests also can cause resentment if the...

Afraid to Retire? What to Do on Day One

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You're standing alone on the edge of a cliff, staring off into a vast unknown. Is this you, thinking about retirement?

Or as one man told me during my research into the new retirement: "So I wake up in the morning, go to the fitness club and have coffee at Starbucks while I check my email. It's 9...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

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… use a recipe that requires lemons.

We are feeling very much like Bill Murray from the movie “Ground Hog Day”, with the routine becoming a little mind numbing.  However, there have been some unexpected benefits to this social distancing and working from home.

Prior to the pandemic my work...

20 Rules of Personal Finance

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I’ve always said that personal finances are more important than portfolio management, but I still think there’s probably not enough people writing or providing education on the topic.

So I’m going to make a concerted effort to write more about personal finance in the coming year.

Here’s my...

Focusing on the Good

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It’s easy to feel like we have a lot of problems right now.  Some are major, like those who have lost a job or even a loved one.  Others are not so big, they just feel that way because it’s normal for our biggest problems to feel really big, even if they aren’t.  So lately I’ve been trying to focus...

What The CARES Act Means For Your Student Loans

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Student loans can be a burden, and the current coronavirus pandemic is not making it any easier. With unemployment at record highs, Americans are struggling to pay for necessities such as rent or groceries.

Enter the CARES Act. It's the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which...