London

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By Tom Lally

If you called or emailed toward the end of June, got my out of office message, and wondered where I was, well now you’re in luck!  I spent 9 days in the United Kingdom visiting London and Edinburgh.  Despite its wet reputation there was almost no rain – the same thing happened when I...

A Final Update

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First of all a huge thank you for everyone’s words of encouragement and support during our daughter Molly’s senior year of high school and her college search.  I realize there are countless people with far more significant challenges than applying to college, but in our insular...

June Showers

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We all know that April showers bring May flowers.  And, if you like corny jokes, May flowers bring Pilgrims.  But what do June showers bring?  For me it brought a celebration of the upcoming nuptials of two of my dearest friends.  This was the first wedding shower I’d ever attended and...

Introducing E-signature

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By Julia Crane, Financial Planner Assistant

With the goal of making life easier for our clients and improving our processes we are implementing an electronic format for signing some documents; DocuSign E-signature gives us and you the capability to sign documents on either your computer or mobile...

Introducing Julia Crane

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We are excited to announce that Julia Crane joined the Rope Team in the beginning of April as our Financial Planner Assistant.  She hails from Billerica MA and completed her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. ...

What Do Swimming and Hockey Have in Common?

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They are both sports where one can watch a family member participate while you are completely sedentary.  Most of us have had some experience watching a family member or friend play some sport during elementary or high school.  Some are quite enjoyable, while for others your only...

What Did Rick Do To Annoy Chrissy?

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Chances are that is a pretty long list, but it all started when Chrissy asked about whether we were coming into the office in the middle of a snow storm.  I jokingly (honest, really!) replied to her text that of course we would all be in the office that day, thinking of course...

My Trip To Portland

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I spent last weekend in Portland, for a bachelor party for one of my best friends from college.  The groom to be loves craft beer so we planned to visit several local breweries.  I knew of a couple located in Portland, but I had no idea there were so many.

Our first stop was Allagash...

The Happiest Place on Earth

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No, I’m not talking about Disney World; but rather the Natick Outdoor Store; a sporting goods store outside Boston.  My son is building a canoe as part of a high school project, for which he is thrilled as he loves to fish.  For our household the challenge to owning a canoe is...

The Lower the Latitude, the Better the Attitude

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By Chrissy McCormack

Well folks, I am back after an 8-day annual vacation to Cancun, Mexico with my loved ones.  We came home to a nasty windstorm and then a snow storm the following day.  I still ask myself why we live here, but it always comes back to my roots.  This is where my roots are and...

Year of the Book

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By Tom Lally, CFP®

I’m not really the type to make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions.  It’s not because there’s anything wrong with self-improvement or having goals.  I just think those things should be true all the time, not simply because the calendar has turned (and I’m going to spend the first...

Hey, It's NOT Snowing.....

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For the first time since visiting family in Tampa about 20 years ago, we decided to head to a warmer part of the world than Boston for the holidays.  It snowed that time in Tampa, so we decided to hedge our bets and go further south to Key West.  It was definitely what the doctor...