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 […]
There is a phenomenon that every Realtor has watched happen: a family with a perfectly respectable home decides they need to sell their house and buy another because the family has grown, and additional children means the need for an additional bedroom. After all, every child needs their own room, right? It’s the “American” in […]
My husband and I were at dinner a few weeks ago and we ran into a past client of mine. As their Realtor I had helped Dan and his wife, Bridgette, sell their single-family home and buy a condominium. Prior to meeting with me they had not seriously considered condo living and were unaware of […]
It may seem like an obvious choice. You no longer use several rooms in your home. Exterior maintenance of your home is a chore you are either unwilling or unable to do. You only live in Central Ohio half the year. It’s time to shop for a condominium. Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s first understand what […]
A newer agent in my office recently posed the question: “I am representing a young couple who found a home they love. The only downside? It reeks of cigarette smoke. I’m trying to advise them whether or not they should consider this home?” It should be noted that this question was being asked in Columbus, […]
Did you know that Americans 65 and over are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Over 60% say they are on social media on a regular basis – often reporting on or keeping up with their grandkids. Have you ever thought about what happens to your posts and pictures after you die? […]