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Superbowl Bound or Bust

Posted on 01/31/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your Life“YOLO,” mom said to me last week after announcing that she and my father were going to the Superbowl in New Orleans. I held the phone in my hand in silence. “Are you serious?” I asked her. She laughed, “Yes.” Not only could I not believe that my mother said YOLO, short for you only live once, but that she and Dad (who put off back surgery for a week) were trekking it to New Orleans, on a bus for …

Helping Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeThe end of summer is near and that means one thing: Parents are going through the motions to send their kids back to school or maybe start college. From that group of parents, there are approximately 2.4 million who are grandparents raising their grandchildren. For this segment, it is very important to be budget-conscious when going through expenses and to look for ways to ameliorate the big impact on their finances when supporting their grandchildren. As the great Bill Cosby …

Maeve and Me: My Chat With the Marvelous Maeve Binchy

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

LegacySurprisingly few movies were made from the books of Maeve Binchy, whose 18 novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Binchy, who died at age 72 on July 30, was the poster child for middle-aged would-be authors: Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, wasn’t published until she was 42 years old. How About You?, a charming 2008 film starring Vanessa Redgrave, was based on a short story by Binchy, and she chatted with me about it by phone …

Takeaway: Parents in the Wake of the Colorado Shooting

Posted on 07/23/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThis is a guest post by AARP’s Mary C. Hickey. As a parent of young adult children, my thoughts immediately turned to all the heartbroken mothers and fathers of similarly aged kids left in the wake of Friday’s brutal shooting in Colorado: The parents who lost sons and daughters in the senseless tragedy, of course. But also the parents of James Holmes, the alleged shooter. How unspeakably awful it must be to realize that the child you raised is capable of such …

In One Word: Describe Your Mom

Posted on 05/11/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeThe Challenge: Describe your mom in one word. The Result: A list of colorful (and some remorseful) adjectives that would even make the editors at Merriam-Webster proud. We asked, you responded via Facebook and Twitter. You sent us pictures and explained why your mom, madre, mama or BFF was/is ________. I’ve counted them all and here’s the Top 12: No. 12: Best Friend.  Many have such a close relationship with their moms that they consider them to be their best …

Do We Owe Other Generations?

Posted on 01/17/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

Your LifeMoney—who pays for what—in U.S families, is something not often discussed with others. Which is why I found the new MetLife study Multi-Generational Views on Family Financial Obligations a revealing peek inside others’  living rooms. Baby Boomers (ages 48-66 in 2012), Gen Xers (ages 36-47) and Gen Yers (ages 22–35 this year) were asked their attitudes about supporting either their adult children or their aging parents or grandparents. The online study of more than 2,000 ages 21-65 shows that all generations want to be …