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“He Ain’t Got No Couth!”

“He Ain’t Got No Couth!”

I was out to dinner at a nice restaurant with some friends and I realized that the bread plates on both my left and right were already occupied with my neighbor’s rolls.  This was the result of a chain reaction when someone used the incorrect plate and then the mix-ups got compounded until the only

A Holiday Party Primer

A Holiday Party Primer

This is the time of the year when you may be asked to attend a holiday party of some type – as the invitee or as a guest. While most of us have had at least some prior experience in these venues, the basic do’s and don’ts probably merit restating just in case.  As Suddenly

Digitize those family photos . . . even those glued into albums that your ex may ultimately get!

Digitize those family photos . . . even those glued into albums that your ex may ultimately get!

It’s not uncommon to feel a strong sense of nostalgia after the loss of a spouse. Having the pictures you’ve likely accumulated over the years available to you at the push of a button can be a comfort especially during the first few months of becoming single. But many of us grew up putting photographs

Video Calls – It’s a fast, free way to stay close

Video Calls – It’s a fast, free way to stay close

We recall the grainy, black and white screens that showed the promise of face-to-face calling that debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair by “the phone company,”  AT&T.  Well now that bold vision is an affordable reality, thanks to home computers. If you and your recipient have camera-enabled computing devices (laptops, desk-tops, ipads, etc.) it is

Stay Close To Your Children

Stay Close To Your Children

Stay Close To Your Children.  Family provides a needed anchor to Suddenly Solos.  Remember that children want their parent’s respect and admiration, so be sure to look for reasons to praise them.  Offer congratulations and compliments whenever possible.  When distance makes get-togethers difficult, try to create family traditions like ski-trips the same time each year

Game Changer

Game Changer

Half of those over 55 years old expect to provide some sort of financial assistance to family members . . . and 70% of those think they will have to aid their adult children.  This is a real game-changer to those who expected their children to quickly become independent.  Multi-generational living arrangements are becoming increasingly

Parenting Your Parents

Parenting Your Parents

Many of us are fortunate to have parents who are still with us.  Of course, to them we are always “children” and this perception often leads to conflicts as we are forced to make decisions for them such as allowing them to drive or living alone.  Conflict Resolution specialist, John Bertschler, Ph.D. of Northcoast Conflict

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