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The Convenience of Secure Digital Storage

The Convenience of Secure Digital Storage

An acquaintance of mine recently moved and it started me thinking about all the difficulties and stresses that go with moving, even when you’re excited and looking forward to your new home. Now, you may have heard, as I had, that moving was supposed to be one of the most stressful situations a person could experience, right up there with divorce or a death in the family. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t any evidence to support that legend. Most of the studies didn’t specifically look at the stress of moving; most studied the very different situation of migration. That is until recently.
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Legacy Planning in an Election Year

Legacy Planning in an Election Year

Election year is officially under way and with it comes the slew of campaign ads, increasingly tense debates – both on television and on Facebook – and the knowledge that before year’s end, all of us will have to cast our votes. Regardless of your positions on the issues at hand, one thing is certain and that’s change.
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Respecting Caregivers

Respecting Caregivers

I have always had respect for caregivers. It is a difficult responsibility, requiring a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Not surprisingly, it can also result in a lot of stress and, in many cases, financial as well as physical strain that can impact the caregiver’s own well-being. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP showed me some of the numbers and really opened my eyes to how extensive the issue of caregiving actually is.
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How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

Joe Sabia, head of development at Condé Nast Entertainment, gave a TED talk in 2011 about technology and storytelling. The takeaway is simple: stories haven’t changed all that much over the history of storytelling. How we tell them, on the other hand, changes constantly. Before the Internet, we kept our life stories in journals and letters, and we told stories to remember our loved ones. We assembled photo albums that were passed on from one generation to the next.
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Give the Gift of…Money

Give the Gift of…Money

You’ve heard the idiom that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. When the two intersect, there can be hell to pay. Maybe not hell but certainly the IRS. On a federal level, most people are protected by the estate tax exemption ($5.43 million in 2015) and don’t owe any of these transfer taxes when they die.
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