What’s the 40/70 Rule, and How Does it Affect You?

Do you know what the 40/70 rule is? If you have aging parents, you should. Here’s what you need to know to protect your family.The rule says when you are 40 or one of your parents are 70, it’s time to start talking about how they see their future, and what their options might be....more

Goal Setting Instruction Booklet The Long and Short of It

 Goal Setting Instruction Booklet The Long and Short of It Created By: Sybil R Smith  ...more

I Heart this Week {Feb. 6 to Feb. 14}

This year’s Valentine’s Day will not have an exhaustive plan for several reasons. The commercial pressure of spending money takes away the “the spur of the moment” romantic feeling.Read the rest at My Life Runs on Food....more

What If It Happened to You?

 There were no patients  in the waiting room last week when a tennis-ball size rock punched a hole in the roof of a doctor’s office in Fairfax County, VA.  The rock  – charred, dense and magnetic – turned out to be a meteorite, a fragment of a meteor that makes it through the atmosphere to earth. The doctors donated the meteorite to the Smithsonian where scientists calculated the odds of an event like this to be a trillion to one. ...more

Planning Big For 2010

Now that we've reviewed 2009 it is time to look forward to 2010 and all the fabulous that we would like to ensue during the year ahead. And just because January 1 has come and gone, it is not too late to kick off your planning. ...more


I love a lot of the Christmas songs.  Ones that just celebrate the joy of being alive. Corny, traditional, reliable. But as I started to hum, "IT'S STARTING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMASS", I began to sing, "It's starting to feel a lot like....year-end" Does the noise in our heads never cease? Truth be told, if my brain's not in overdrive, I'm sure I'm experiencing heart palpitations or that the world has temporarily stopped spinning.  Running fast, hard, forward, breathlessly - is my personal drug of choice. ...more

Do Dogs go to Heaven?

Last week, while posting on blogher, I came across a fascinating piece about a new service to care for your pets (and in four states: horses, camels, llamas and donkeys) after “the Rapture”....more

10 Questions About Dealing With Aging Parents

Ann Mehl a life coach and marathon runner has written eloquently for us before. Now she answers 10 questions about her experiences taking care of her mother.1. How did it start?My mother’s dementia showed itself gradually over time. Her memory loss and mental confusion escalated after my father passed five years ago.2. Did you feel prepared for dealing with everything? Why or why not? ...more

No Plan for Dinner? This Free Tool will Make You Look Like a Professional Chef!

If you're like me, you have to-do lists everywhere - on your refrigerator, cellphone, in ...more

Q&A: Relationships in a Recession

  A recent batch of Money Mom letters from Green Sherpa has everyone talking a lot about how our relationships are affected by money. It’s clearly on people’s minds.  Dear Money Mom,  My husband and I have never fought so much. We have always been really happy, but since he took a pay cut and I lost my job, we argue non-stop. Is this what it’s going to be like from here on out?  Hoping Otherwise,   Fighting Irish  ...more