Dear Mom …

Dear Mom …

Dear Mom,

Today, on this very special Mother’s Day, I just want to you know from the bottom of my heart that I am really curious about what you plan to do with all your stuff when you die.


Your Adoring Child

Worst Mother’s Day Card Ever?

Honestly! Who would ever say something like this?

Well, if you’re any kind of a decent and responsible child, your answer should be “ME!”


OK, granted your Mother’s Day card may not be the best approach, but this seemingly abrasive question is NOT without merit.

Bottom line? Moms have stuff. They have collectible stuff, practical stuff, heirloom stuff, monetary stuff, […]

Buying a House the Kids Will Inherit

Buying a House the Kids Will Inherit

Technically, I should title this “Soon I will be buying a house the kids will inherit.” I am only 36 years old and am the semi-proud owner of 2 houses. You must think I am rolling in the dough to own 2 homes, but I assure you that neither is a summer house in the Hamptons. And to be honest, even if I could buy a house in the Hamptons, I probably wouldn’t because I am insufficiently experienced in socializing with rich people. Partly because I am just not rich and partly because security always stops me when I jump […]

5 Ways To Help Aging Parents

5 Ways To Help Aging Parents

Remember when you were young and cool?

Your parents did gobs of things you thought were nerdy. Why? Because they were old and you were young.

It was your job to be the arbiter of cool.

But here’s the thing. They weren’t really old. They were probably younger than you are right now. Yikes, huh?

And here’s the other thing. And this is the BIG thing. Now your parents actually ARE old.

While some of our more ‘seasoned citizens’ keep on rocking well past what many consider their prime (like the elder George Bush celebrating his 90th birthday by skydiving) your not-quite-Presidential parents have […]

The Super Bowl as a Lesson in Death Planning

The Super Bowl as a Lesson in Death Planning

Dung stuff happens. Seriously. Bad, unexpected things happen. And sometimes it happens smack dab in the middle of your perfectly extraordinarily well-executed plans.

Remember the Super Bowl blackout 2 years ago?

Okay, nobody died, but it still shows how the unexpected can come out of nowhere. And do you really think the advertisers didn’t want to kill some people after that?

Do you have any idea what kind of planning goes into a Super Bowl? It’s freaking bonkers. There’s more security than at the White House (where you can apparently jump the fence and waltz through half the tour area before the Secret […]