So here we are… almost a year of lockdown because of COVID-19. Who would’ve thought that sequestering would last this long? To pass the time, Ashlyn, a self-proclaimed pack rat living in West Gate, binged-watched all the shows and movies that she could stand. She even took out time to get to know those strangers in her home called “family.” Come to find out, they were not so bad after all. What to do next? Why not use the hunker-down time to declutter her home? Read More… “DECLUTTERING YOUR HOME DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC”
After setting a table for two in a dimly lit kitchen in the Ohio Living Swan Creek retirement community, Koryn, age 69, suddenly bursts into tears. Why? Two years have passed since her husband died and was mourned at the nearby Coyle Funeral Home. Koryn realized she mechanically made a place setting for a spouse who was no longer there. Why is it so hard to cope after losing a loved one in death?
If you haven’t experienced it yourself, it’s impossible to understand the depth of the pain caused by the loss of a mate. The human mind only gradually accepts the terrible reality. So it was with Koryn. She found it hard to accept the death of her husband. “It felt unreal,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to walk through the door again.”
Relocating And Downsizing In Modern Times
“Mr. Gorham, can you and your wife meet me in the conference room at 4:00?” asked my boss with a rather serious look on his face. (Little did I know that this was the starting point of us downsizing and relocating.) Now I have been asked to come to the conference room for a meeting thousands of times before as I have worked for this company in New York for 31 years. But most of the time the meeting invitation came electronically, via a telephone call, or a co-worker yelling down the hall.
This time, my boss came to my office, sat down in my guest chair to deliver the request personally. And why does he also want to meet with my wife? We both work for the same company but not in the same department. That’s a strange request. This can’t be good. Or can it? My story will hopefully provide insight on how to survive downsizing and relocating. Read More… “How To Make Relocating As Painless As Possible”
Time Waits For No One
There are circumstances in life that cause one to give pause and reflect on words spoken to us from the distant past. Words that at the time spoken resonated and gave pause for examination. Basically, I respect you and I esteem both your wisdom as well as your experience. I understood at that moment that one day I would fully appreciate the value of those words from a dear friend. So, I shelved them. Ah, you’re probably wondering… what was the sage advice I received?
The Junk Conundrum
We live in a do-it-yourself society. Pride in what we can accomplish ourselves is one of the most identifying characteristics of American culture. We like to be able to say, “I did that.” The DIY movement is a perfect example of this. Why pay other people to do what we can do ourselves? This is all well and good up to a point. But most reasonable people accept that it is better to pay a professional to do what we acknowledge is beyond our ability. We can likely change a light bulb. Perhaps with some research and with caution we can wire in a new light fixture. Completely rewiring our house and changing the breaker box, on the other hand? For most of us,
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