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Before a Second Marriage, Make These 4 Smart Money Moves

You’ve probably heard the saying, “The first marriage is for money and the second marriage is for love.” But, as I counsel my financial planning clients who are embarking on a second trip down the aisle, it’s important not to let happiness overshadow the need for the “money talk.” In fact, the requisite prenuptial financial …

Why Online Dating Gets Such a Bad Rap and Shouldn’t

By almost any measure, Internet dating is ubiquitous. Pew Research says that 40 million of us use it. Per an op-ed piece in The New York Times, over one-third of couples who married in the last few years met online. And then there’s the anecdotal evidence: just about everyone knows a couple who met on …

Retiring in Europe: More Affordable Than In a Decade

(This article previously appeared on InternationalLiving.com.) A retirement in many parts of Europe is a dream many would-be expats assume comes with a high price tag. But that’s not necessarily so these days. Thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, Americans retiring in Europe today are finding it’s more affordable than at any time in the …

Write Down Those Special Grandparent Moments

So many boomers are finding delight in nurturing grandchildren — and most of us also are amazed that they do grow up quickly. That rarely seemed the case when we were bringing up our own kids. A traditional baby book stuffed with baby shower napkins, pink or blue ribbons and photos seems a bit outdated …

The Grown-Up’s Guide to Music Festivals

Therese Carlson, 57, had never been to a music festival before last summer, when she attended Lollapalooza, a three-day festival in Chicago’s Grant Park that draws hundreds of thousands of music lovers each year. Carlson, who lives in Chicago’s western suburbs, wanted to attend the festival because her teenage children raved about it. But, she …

Is Obamacare Becoming the Unaffordable Care Act?

Let me start by saying this is not a political screed against Obamacare; I’m thrilled that some 18 million Americans now have health insurance who didn’t before the law took effect, lowering the percentage of uninsured adults from 18 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent today. But I’m growing concerned that for some people — …

Fiftysomething Diet: Best and Worst Drinks of Summer

Of all the things we drink in hot weather months to hydrate us, which ones are best for fiftysomething bodies? We decided to go through a list of new and longtime favorite summer beverages, rating them for health benefits, health negatives and their ability to hydrate. Consider what follows as sort of a “sip it …

A Son Regrets How He Treated His Dying Parents

Several recent memoirs have taken heartwarming looks at the deaths of parents, including Scott Simon’s Unforgettable and Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club. Bob Morris’ Bobby Wonderful could be sold on the same table as those books, but it wouldn’t be a perfect fit. Its subtitle hints at some less-than-heartwarming moments: An …

6 Tips to Declare Your Work Independence

On July 4th, our nation will once again celebrate the Declaration of Independence. This year, why not honor the holiday in a more meaningful, personal way and use it as motivation to declare your work independence? Whether you’re looking to change jobs, switch careers or start your own business, there is inspiration to be gained …

The Joy of Fostering a Senior Dog

Carol Byers already had two dogs when she decided to foster a third. Byers, an active woman in her early 70s, set her sights on an older pet. “Like most seniors, I’ve experienced loss and know how important quality of life is,” she says. “To give a senior dog an opportunity to live out life …

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