Widow and Wisdom – I Married Rich

My mother was not even 21 when she married my Dad.  He was a Philadelphia Firefighter, an immigrant, not wealthy by cultural standards. He did have a Corvette, which he traded in to buy their first house.  He also had a stable job with predictable income, benefits and...

Toothpaste, Sunscreen and Retirement

Recently I completed a book by author Charles Duhigg titled “The Power of Habit” ( Duhigg,2012). It was an interesting read about the structure and building blocks of habits and how our brain responds, both positively and negatively.  One interesting discussion was...

Widow and Wisdom-And Women

As I write today the date is March 8th and it is a special day!  Did I know how special when I woke up this morning?  Nope. The day started early, wake up at 4:30 a.m. to take care of the pets and get a work out in on my basement elliptical while watching my...

The Courage to Underperform

This was the title of an article I read many years ago by Nick Murray. Nick is a financial expert and author of many books for the financial advisory business. The headline caught my attention and the recent performance of the markets reminded me of his piece. He...

Widow and Wisdom -Decisions Under Pressure

Today is the four-year anniversary of my husband Greg’s sudden passing.  As I sit here writing I reflect back on what had to be done in the hours after his death.  The biggest decision was how do I tell the kids that their Dad is gone.   What words do you choose for...

Financial Backpack

One of my favorite activities when the weather warms up is backpacking. I recently returned from a trip to the Shenandoah National Park where our group covered 30 miles in 4 days on the trail. I enjoy both the challenge and the solitude of being on the trail. The...