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Wine & cheese estate planning

by Charlotte Drummond on 03/12/13

This morning, I heard a story on NPR that sent me to their website to find it. A woman who paid a high price for procrastinating the process of getting a will signed has made it her mission to help others get it done. As she's from the Northwest, naturally Chanel Reynolds dreamed up the idea of having wine and cheese parties to encourage group signings! But the more I thought about it, the more I decided it's a pretty brilliant idea. Let's bring this relatively simple process out of attorney's offices and into the living room with the canapes and wine glasses!

Joyous patience... pass it on!

by Charlotte Drummond on 02/18/13

This is a beautiful little film clip that will help you, as it did me, to remember how we started out and who helped us up.

Watch, and pass it on!

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

by Charlotte Drummond on 12/19/12

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. 

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. 

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. 

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. 

(Thanks to Kathy Voorhees in Washington State for this post.)

Why your grandfather enters sweepstakes

by Charlotte Drummond on 12/06/12

Turns out, there's a good reason we trust too much and are less discerning as we age. NPR reported this morning on a new study that found changes in brain activity in the area that processes risk and subtle danger.  NPR: Scamming the Elderly

IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rates for 2013

by Charlotte Drummond on 11/29/12

  • The IRS recently announced that the standard mileage rates will change beginning on January 1, 2013. This is a whopping 1 cent increase but since this is not an annual occurrence, I expect most everyone affected will appreciate the raise. The new rates:

  • 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations,-Medical-and-Moving

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