Life doesn’t have to be “busy” to be full. The concept of “social capital” is one which is increasingly being recognized as a necessary component of a healthy life, especially as one ages. What is “social capital?” It is the network of relationships we have in our lives which build over time and allow us […]
Recently I met with a homeowner who I will call Sheila. Sheila is in her late 70’s and lives in a home far too big for her and one which she long ago lost the ability to maintain. This is not the first time I’ve met with Sheila. I have come three times in as […]
I was visiting my nephew in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alex, who is a Resident at the University of New Mexico Medical Center works in pediatric medicine but regular stints in the Emergency Room are part of his training. Because my real estate practice has found a niche serving the over-55 homeowner our conversation turned to […]
I was driving out of a community a few weeks ago. I had just finished taking a lockbox off of one of my recently sold listings. I came across a young man mowing his lawn. Now, that in and of itself is not a big deal, right? Except this particular community charged homeowners, a monthly […]
Have you ever seen the pictures of a child in a third world country and wondered how that little boy got the Ohio State t-shirt he is wearing? I mean, did he visit the OSU? Did someone from Columbus visit him? Is he a huge fan of the Buckeyes? Chances are none of the above. […]
Last summer I visited Israel. While driving through Arab communities I noticed an odd phenomena: what looked like apartment buildings had occupied street-level dwellings and perhaps a completed second level, but often the third level was left uncompleted. It looked like buildings were perpetually under construction. I asked a local and was told that individual […]
Dave is dying. He knows it. His family knows it. His doctors have given him days to live. The journey to this point has been long and the illness valiantly resisted. There have been moments of optimism when he predicted grandkids bouncing on his knees. But the sun has set on those days of hope […]
Did you know there is a difference between “flotsam” and “jetsam”? While they are both maritime terms attached to shipwrecks, they have specific legal meanings. Flotsam pertains to goods that are floating up to the surface of the water when a ship sits at the bottom of the sea. Jetsam refers to items intentionally thrown […]
Did you know that Great Britain’s parliament has a Minister of Loneliness? Well, not really. They have a Minister of Sport and Civil Society. Following the release of report which said that 20% of English citizens feel lonely most or all of the time, British Prime Minister Theresa May added addressing an epidemic of loneliness […]
I’m Kathy Chiero. Usually I’m talking to river listeners about houses. Today given the enormity of the challenge facing our nation, I want to pray.
Father I thank you first that you are God. There is nothing we are facing as a people, a family, or a nation of which you are unaware. With that knowledge I ask that you give divine wisdom, clarity, and direction to our government leaders; I pray that you give strength, patience, and protection to the medical and emergency professionals attending our sick. I pray for physical healing of those afflicted and peace to their families. I pray that you give us the compassion to find the lonely and scared that we can be your arms to reach out to our neighbors. Finally, I pray that this trying time be a reminder of the precious gift that life is, the limitations of our human abilities and the utter dependence we have on you. In Jesus name I pray.
It’s a decision that no grandparent wants to make and in past generations did not have to make: do we move to be near the grandkids? Our American past is one of almost communal generational living: adult kids didn’t move. A hometown was home and Grandma was the stopover on the way home from school. […]
I recently posed a question on my Facebook page: “Is it necessary for kids to have their own bedrooms?” It could be expected that there are a variety of answers. Adults speak out of their own experience and parents comment on what works for them. One answer intrigued me. Jennifer Wernert wrote “I’m 32 and […]