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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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Hospital Ethics Committees Help with the Hardest Decisions

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us,” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring. But, rarely do we know for sure how much time may be available. So, making end-of-life decisions for ourselves or our loved ones is seldom simple and sometimes excruciating. If …more



Retirement, Aging, and Our Memories

When we were working and even into our early retirement years, it seemed as though our brains had endless number of thoughts – and when given a question or a task – the answer or solution seemed to just pop into our head allowing us to address the issues and move on to the next …more



Writing Saved Me

I feel very lucky. That wasn’t always the case. Stricken with Lyme Disease after moving to Ojai, California in 1997, my life went from a very busy job as a Nurse Practitioner in the second busiest emergency room in Los Angeles county to virtually bedridden. Initially, I found the tick bite and had prophylactic treatment …more



The Piedmont area of Italy

In autumn 2019 my son and I visited the Langhe region in northern Italy. Langhe is the hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont. This stunning area is famous for its wine, cheese and truffles. Piedmont is surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps, …more



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