Make Sure Your Spouse Has Your Passwords

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About a year ago, my friend Susie’s husband of 46 years died unexpectedly. John, a dedicated techie, left Susie with wonderful memories, an estate to settle and a technology nightmare: an Apple computer, four iPads, four iPhones, a stack of hard drives—and no passwords. That left her unable to get...

Moving Day

by Thomas Lally on
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After about 6 months of pandemic-marked house hunting, we found one!

While there are many great towns in the area, Wrentham had been the top choice for a while.  It has some beautiful places to walk that were great back in the spring when any chance to get out of the house was a welcome reprieve...

How Will The Presidential Election Affect The Stock Market?

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We’ve reached that point in the election cycle where I've started getting questions, from both sides, about the effect of the upcoming election on the markets. “Surely,” the question goes (and note that it is not really a question), “if Candidate X wins, the market will tank for the following...

Deep Sea Fishing

by Julia Crane on
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With some places opening up, my boyfriend and I were able to go deep sea fishing this past weekend out of Plum Island. This is a tradition for him, but I never had the motivation to wake up at 5:00AM on a weekend to go fishing. So this year was the first year I went, and I am very glad I made that...

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

by Thomas Lally on
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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...

by Julia Crane on
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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...