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The Value of Life

There has been so much conversation, especially in foreign countries, about the value of the life of a person over 65. What is lacking within us that we can so casually discuss the disposability of the elderly? It is so incredibly sad that there are people out there who think that being older would dictate …more



Six things I wish I’d known about death (before my father died)

When our daughter was about five, she told me she really didn’t want to die, and in fact, didn’t think she actually would. Death was probably going to skip her. Sad to say, she kind of spoke for a lot of us. Although it’s one of the few things we have no choice about, we …more



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Beacon Terrace In Lockdown

When I decided to write an article about what our community was doing during this lockdown period, I said to myself, gee, being cooped up inside for nearly 2 months, (since March 13 to be exact) what could I write about. Well, I could write about how the lockdown affected my wife and I and …more



The Algarve is perfect for walkers like us

Our love affair with the Algarve began five years ago when we arrived in the southernmost region of Portugal to walk the Via Algarviana. Unlike the majority of holidaymakers, we weren’t heading to the coast for a fortnight of sun, sand and Sagres (the local beer). In fact, we wouldn’t be setting foot on a …more



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Love in the Time of Corona: When You Can’t Visit a Loved One Who Is ILL

Is love like a plague? That’s what Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez suggests in Love in the Time of Cholera. In today’s frightening COVID-19 pandemic, the situation may be turned on its head. The plague gets in the way of our love. Because of the pandemic, we may not be able to visit a …more



Seven Reasons Why I Love Portugal—and Why You Will, Too

Ever wonder what it would be like to make Europe your home? After having lived all around the United States and traveling much of the world, my husband and I moved to Portugal more than seven years ago. Here’s why we stay. Lifestyle Born in Brooklyn and living almost 30 years in Los Angeles, I’m …more



The SECURE Act of 2019 Promotes Lifetime Income Stream Planning

The Setting Every Community Up Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 was passed in December 2019. In an era of a divided government, 71 of 100 senators and 297 of 435 representatives in the House voted in favor of the act. The purpose for the act recognizes that we are living longer and many people …more



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Fiduciaries and Due Diligence

Many people don’t have a comprehensive understanding of the role and responsibility of a fiduciary. Hopefully, this post will bring clarity to you, the beneficiaries of the fiduciary, while shining a spotlight on those that hold themselves out as a fiduciary but are not. Representing the insurance component, I work with many different professionals and …more



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