By Jeff Rogers The seeds of the gospel were planted in my life by a godly grandmother. From as early as I can remember my Gram Rogers was always witnessing to us, through her life, actions, and words. I did not have the privilege, as some do, of growing up in a Christian family. Both…

  By Joy Loverde Almost every day — barring overextended itineraries (mine) and medical emergencies (his) — I log into my computer to video chat with Martin K. Bayne, my dear and longtime friend. He is an MIT graduate, journalist, and former Buddhist monk. He is also unmarried and childless. At the peak of his…

by Laura A. Roser Does narcissism exist? If you believe various psychological studies, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” and it’s increasing! But for many people narcissistic tendencies could be a misguided attempt to find more meaning. Craving Connection in a “Disconnected” Age The following is an excerpt from my book, Your Meaning Legacy, regarding…

By Laura A. Roser Join Me in Mapping Out Your Life Several years ago, Philip de Souza, Founder and President of cyber security company Aurora, began compiling his thoughts about the meaning of life into short monthly emails he sent to his high-school-aged son. Word caught on and soon a bunch of his son’s friends requested…

By Mark Hartnett Families face an uphill battle when passing down their wealth. One oft-cited study conducted by Roy Williams and Vic Preisser has shown that 70 percent of family estate transfers fail as a result of family squabbles and disagreement. To paraphrase noted author James E. Hughes, Jr., families that are truly successful are…

By Martha J. Hartney, Esq. I have been an estate planner for nearly a decade. The word legacy is tossed around in my profession like candy. For years, I felt confused and concerned by the word. I didn’t understand why the hair on the back of my neck would stand up every time I heard…

By Marty Chiu Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family … in another city.” — George Burns Close — but not too close — is the ideal situation, right? Family ties can be messy. Often family relationships seem to unravel along the journey of life. This is probably not how family leaders intended…

By Amanda Dunn For many collectors, their interest in acquiring art is a passion. People spend their entire lifetime building their collection, and it can make up a substantial part of their net worth. But, unlike the thoughtful planning that is often intrinsic to other assets, the majority of collectors have not crafted a plan…

By Janice A. Thompson The rocks in my sister-in-law’s garden tell a story. On each rock you can see the perfectly etched imprint of the foliage that once surrounded them. They tell of another time when the plants were alive and thriving. Just as these rocks tell a unique story now a part of history,…

By Thornton Sully Otylie Bártošova has no reason to believe that her eccentric, drunken father’s legacy, an aging score to a sonata that he bestows to her before staggering off to be killed in World War I, is of the profound origins that he claimed. Nevertheless, she dutifully defends it when in 1939 the jackboots…

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