When it comes to crisis planning sometimes it is the smallest thing that can cause the biggest problem. It’s that little thing that no one thinks about. That overlooked item that exacerbates a crisis situation. I would like to share a story, that was shared with me. In this case the KEY was indeed the key. The uncle lived by himself in a comfortable suburban home. For years he used his garage access to enter his home. He accessed the garage with his automatic garage door opener, knowing with full confidence that once the garage door was closed that the house was secured. As no one else needed access to …..
It looks like the winter weather is finally behind us. Temps in the 50’s today, going to 70 tomorrow. Saw my first crocuses blooming in my garden. All around me are the signs of spring. Another sure sign of spring is the annual preparation of tax returns. Tax season is met with many mixed emotions. Will I get a refund? Will I owe more money than expected? Do I have all the information needed to make sure I get the maximum legal deductions? Can I complete everything on time? You may have everything beautifully organized or you may have everything in one big box that will have to be sorted …..
Here comes the Deep Freeze. After what was the mildest Fall and early winter in memory Winter 2016 is determined not to disappoint. With 3 snow events in the past 3 weeks we now face the coldest temps of the year. With temps down near 0 the next couple of days I would like to share some tips to keep you safe and warm while snuggling with your Valentine. The entire north central, and north east of the United States has been plunged into a deep freeze. Baby it’s cold outside. We are freezing with no forecast for a thaw until next week. We can complain all we want, but …..
Well, it’s finally here. Winter that is. After a mild fall and very mild December, we have been forced to put on our hats and gloves, warm coats, and boots. We had our first measurable snowfall. Thank goodness it was a holiday. While most roads were clear, there was black ice in places, and chain reaction accidents closed some major roads. It’s time to be Winter Wise! What do I mean by that? What I mean is to be prepared for Winter Driving Hazards. Hazards include: poor visibility, faded road markings, potholes Black Ice, snow, slush, puddles, ice, dirty windshields, and the usual assortment of poor drivers on the road. …..
It is the beginning of a brand new year. We envision what 2016 will bring. The possibilities seen unlimited. We make our resolutions. We set our goals. We dare to dream. Is one of your goals to create and complete your disaster planning? I am talking about really thinking through and getting it all together. You may be thinking I have everything covered. You may be thinking I am too young to worry about those things. You may be thinking I have plenty of time to worry about that. The truth is you may not have everything covered, disaster can happen at any age, and disaster can happen …..
The holiday season is often a rollercoaster of emotions. There are so many traditions that we feel compelled to keep. Things that have always been a part of our holiday celebration. Adhering to these traditions can be a great source of comfort and joy as we recreate those happy memories of our childhood or adult life. They can also be a source of stress and sorrow as life takes unexpected turns. We lose our grandparents and parents and things are not the same. A loved one is ill, in the hospital, or convalescing at home. There are new babies in the family to take joy in. Loved ones are married …..
I came across this great quote from Greg Reid today. I just had to share it with you. As 2015 is winding down and we reflect on all the successes and challenges we had during the last 12 months. It is a time to feel good about ourselves and the share joy, laughter and love with those we care about most. I have a dream for each of you. A dream that many of you share. It is a dream of Peace of Mind that if something would happen to you your family would be taken care of. Somehow that dream keeps getting kicked down the road. It never gets …..
I’m looking at the calendar and Thursday is Thanksgiving. 2015 is winding down with it’s whirlwind of holidays and events taking us to the finish line. Before we get caught up in the chaos, take a grateful pause. Let that pause be Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday. There is something so comforting in it’s message of food, family, togetherness, and gratitude. Every family has their own thanksgiving food traditions most often around a centerpiece of Turkey. The Turkey, native to North America. The bird that Ben Franklin thought should be our national symbol instead of the Bald Eagle. The Wild Turkey, fast, cautious, …..
The Season of Giving has begun. To paraphrase Dickens, “It is at this time of year that those that in need feel the lack most” It is also at this time of year that our spirit of generosity is ignited. As we choose the charities to support either personally or in business and we feel the tug at our hearts to do something good for those we know and those we do not. We are cautioned to be alert for scammers and choose our causes with care as so many charities have high overhead and money does not get to those that are really in need. Fortunately the negative reports …..
Are you a Caregiver? Do you care for a parent, spouse, child with special abilities or adult child that is in need of additional supervision and/or assistance with daily tasks? It is estimated that 40 million Americans are currently caregivers. On Long Island that number is 1 million. These are people who provide care for their loved ones, selflessly, without compensation. They minister to the needs of their loved ones, providing companionship, transportation, bathing, dressing, and feeding them day after day. They frequently have little or no support from other family members. Often they have had to leave their jobs to care for their loved one. Caregivers are on duty …..