One of the very last things to review from my parents’ estate is their memorabilia: photos, scrap books, newspaper articles, and trophies. Most of the things mean little to me. I have no idea who people are in many of the pictures. The trophies are in the way and collect dust. Yet I cannot just throw them in the dumpster. The photographs are the most difficult of all. See Facing Up to Flickr and the Family Photos.
My siblings and friends are all experiencing… More
This posting is a continuation of two previous articles: Estate Sale Trauma and The Transience of Things. In the aftermath of our estate sale we were forced to process our personal family histories and come to terms with our own mortality. Articulating the grief of letting go is necessary because it is impossible to define “Whats Next?” until I do.
Memories FROM Previous Generations
I prided myself in doing a brilliant job of settling… More
Last month I posted a tw0-part series on downsizing titled The Transcience of Things. In that series I bragged, “Our gift to our heirs is that we will be almost move-in ready for the nursing home, and they should not have to run an estate sale.”
No Rehearsal for The Estate Sale
Our heirs will not have to run an estate sale because we hired a professional company to run the sale for us as part of our current downsizing. We blithely went forward with our sale… More
Great Minds Think Alike
My brother, Tim Askew, is a guest author for ElderAuthority. He writes a weekly blog for his own company, Corporate Rain, and is a guest writer for Inc. Magazine and other publications. As of August Tim will be a weekly columnist for Inc.Magazine Online. His new book, Corporate Rain: Idle Thoughts of an Accidental Entrepreneur, is due for publication in September.
Tim’s post this week, Old Is The New Young: Changing the Entrepreneurial… More
We spent last weekend in Austin, TX, at the annual International DogWatch Dealer Meeting. It was the 25th anniversary of the company but our first meeting. DogWatch has 237 dealers. Meeting them for the first time was the highlight of the meeting for me. As new dealers, there was much for us to learn in conference sessions, hall talk, shared meals, and workshops.
Even though I attended the conference with my DogWatch hat on, the workshop by Don the Idea Guy brought… More
Laughing is good for your health. Professional comics are even noted for their longevity. Here is your daily joke to laugh away the winter blahs.
A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.
On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose.… More
The turning point for the Big Downsizing came when we priced the cost of renting a storage unit for everything that does not fit. We realized that we would do better to sell what we have. It makes more sense to buy new or off Craigslist if and when we have need for something that we could have stored.
Small Business Storage
We own a small business. Everything related to that business must fit into our file cabinets, online files, or our work van.
The garage can hold tools, packaging… More
The Great Upsizing
I was 31 years old when I got my first credit card. Then, I spent two months shopping for my first pair of jeans. I cannot remember if the winner was Calvin Klein or Jordache. I had always been a ‘second-hand rose’, and paying retail for clothing was a completely new experience. I took it seriously.
Over time I learned to acquire stuff, just like the rest of my fellow Baby Boomers. Cross country moves in 2005 and 2012 helped me learn how… More