Almost Everyone Makes By Laura A. Roser Estate planning traditionally focuses on your financial assets. But when you think about what matters most, is it your car, home, or bank account? Of course not. The only reason those assets have any value is you’ve assigned meaning to them. You hope, for example, when you give money…

` Bob Harris Shows How Your Legacy Can Be Impacted by Even the Smallest Things By Bob Harris There’s a corner of the Internet where more than 2,000 people call themselves “Friends of Bob Harris” (FoBH). They mean me, personally. Neat. Even better: the FoBHs have only one purpose — generosity — and have now…

Writing Letters to Express Lasting Gratitude  By Lynette M. Smith Remember how heartwarming it was to discover a collection of Great Aunt Tilly’s letters in the attic? To read them was to savor them; to hear her loving voice all over again, to feel her in your heart, and to send your love back to her….

Empower Your Life Story and Legacy By Flora Morris Brown For years I frequently shared with my friends my plans to travel the world, visiting every continent (except Antarctica) at least once. I browsed through travel magazines, read travel books, and watched travel shows. I even considered signing up for retreats held in exotic locations as…

On Reading, Writing, and Mythological Tales By Donna Jo Napoli We tell and retell events in the lives of Athena and Zeus, Freyja and Thor, Aset and Ra, and so many other Greek, Norse, and Egyptian gods, and we call these tellings a story. One of the interesting things about mythology, though, is that it is…

by Leslie Clark It was she who taught me that words have the power of flight. Any time she was sitting still, she held an open paperback, its pages outstretched like the wings of a gliding gull. She’d tell me of the places those books had taken her. The upstairs shelves overflowed with her literary…

Bringing Mentoring Back to Legacy Planning By Peter Johnson Even now, I feel vulnerable and embarrassed sharing the following story. It’s a painful legacy to recall. In the early ‘70s, I was a young man living in Los Angeles with a vague dream of making a living in the music business. I was a junior…

Taking the Healing Power of Music Therapy to Everyone  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is not a path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Fundamental success means having the opportunity in everyday life to do the very best one can. There can be times in one’s life…

Harnessing Legacy Moments to Last a Lifetime When we speak of what we want to share with others about ourselves, we are talking about the art of creating a personal narrative or legacy from the collection of events that make up a life. The call to write about a particular happening in my life focuses…

Laura Roser’s Interview with Beginners Guide to Purposeful Prenups co-author, Emily Bouchard LR: Do you believe prenups drive an unnecessary wedge between the couple getting married? EB: I can say without a doubt that how a prenup is initiated and negotiated can either strengthen a marriage and family relationships or can destroy them. Since 2004,…

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