Sarah Fleming McLester

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A Brief Guide to Southernisms

The first rule: Include canines<p><i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the</i> G&G <i>book</i> S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco<i>. A compendium of Southern life and culture, the book contains nearly five hundred entries spanning every letter of the alphabet.</i><p>Southern …

Pets

This “city” for people with dementia is the future of memory care

“It’s going back to how we did it before we institutionalized our way of treating elderly,” says one of the architects.<p>The average nursing home can be depressingly institutional. For the growing number of people suffering from dementia, these facilities are even worse: Their repetitive architecture …

Alzheimer's Disease

Retirees Are Making Friends — and Money — With This New Handyman Service Created by Millennials

Well this is adorable.<p>At just 27, Sam Gerstenzang has worked for a who’s who of Internet darlings, including BuzzFeed and Alphabet-spinoff Sidewalk …

Customers

More renters over age 50 turning to 'Golden Girls' trend

After ending a romantic relationship in her 60s, Rika Mead lived alone for several years in a spacious contemporary home in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She enjoyed her privacy, but when she saw an article about a home-share matching service for older women, she decided to give it a try. “I wanted help …

Housing

The fear of running out of money in retirement is overblown

One of my biggest concerns about early retirement was running out of money. What if there was another massive correction in the stock market? What if …

Retirement

I asked the oldest people I know what they regret most, and their replies contradicted what people tend to think is important in life

My preconceptions about older people first began to crumble when one of my congregants, a woman in her 80s, came into my office seeking pastoral care. She had been widowed for several years but the reason for her distress was not the loss of her husband. It was her falling in love with a married …

Happiness

Maximize Social Security Benefits for Surviving Spouses

Strategies for getting the most money by timing your claims.<p>Many retirees know that spouses can coordinate their claims to boost their total benefit …

Retirement

The Gift of Menopause

NASHVILLE — There are things I miss about being fertile. A waistline. Hair thick enough to hide my pink scalp and skin fitted enough to prove I have bones. Ovulation — those heady days each month when every cell was vibrating, when just the brush of my husband’s arm against mine could make …

Menopause

Experts Say You Should Withdraw This Much From Your Retirement Savings

It's a deviation from the classic 4% rule, which has some serious problems.<p>Deciding how much to withdraw from retirement investment accounts can be …

Retirement

My wife and I retired in our 30s and now travel full-time in an Airstream trailer — here's what we spend in a week

There once was a guy from the Southeast who thought life could be broken down into a few simple constructs: get a job, buy stuff, retire, and die.<p>Yep, that guy was me.<p>Early retirement? Not in the cards. 401(k) retirement plan? Sure, but only the minimum. Retirement was the furthest thing from my …

RVs

People Over 40 Shouldn't Work More Than 3 Days a Week, Study Says (Video)

Let’s be honest: nobody is really a fan of the five-day work week. But if you want a reason to work less, science has your back. If you’re over the …

The Brain

How the new tax law creates a ‘perfect storm’ for Roth IRA conversions

For years I’ve lectured about the wonderfulness of Roth IRAs. While the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes one negative change for Roth IRAs, they are still pretty wonderful. Here’s what you need to know about Roth IRAs and especially Roth IRA conversions in the post-TCJA world.<p>The two …

Retirement

How Traveling With a Guide Dog Opens Up a Whole New World

If you go everywhere with a guide dog, as I do, you soon find you’re more than just a blind traveler: often you’re an impromptu provider of animal …

My Mother and Her Scammer

She was fooled by a group of expert criminals. The rest of us were fooled by her.<p>The voice mail was from my mother’s longtime stockbroker, in the private-client department at Charles Schwab. “We’ve had some requests for large cash withdrawals from her account,” she said, and asked me to call her …

Siblings

The Points & Miles Backpacker: How to Fly Like a Backpacking Baller

Backpackers aim to make the experience of flying tolerable rather than going for luxury, but that doesn’t mean we are opposed to traveling in style — …

Gambling

What you need to know before buying a magnesium supplement

Magnesium is all the rage right now, and for good reason. Nutritionist Adrienne Dowd, RD, of Parsley Health explains, “In general, magnesium is a …

10 Books That Will Make You More Interesting

We’re firm believers in the power of a good book to change lives, and it’s for this reason we set aside time every single day to knock down a few …

Want to love your job? Read this article

The new dream job is none at all. A contingent of ambitious upper-middle-class types are devoting themselves single-mindedly to achieving early retirement, with the goal of liberating themselves from work to later travel the world or pursue a creative passion.<p>Perhaps the contemporary quest for …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Stylish $6 Decor Find Hiding at Trader Joe's

We've sung the praises of Fouta (a.k.a Turkish Towels, Peshtemal, Hammam) before. They're lightweight and thin, which is great for folding and …

Trader Joe's

Experts Say You Should Withdraw This Much From Your Retirement Savings

It's a deviation from the classic 4% rule, which has some serious problems.<p>Deciding how much to withdraw from retirement investment accounts can be …

7 Common Steps in Settling a Probate Estate

A Probate Checklist: How to Probate an Estate<p>Most estates that require probate follow these steps<p>Updated April 28, 2018<p>The deceased can't own …

The 4% Retirement-Asset Spend-Down Rule Is Rubbish

Conventional financial planning uses two rules of thumb. One is the 70% replacement-rate, retirement-spending rule. The other is the 4% retirement-asset, spend-down rule. The replacement-rate rule says you need to accumulate enough assets to be able to spend 70% of your pre-retirement income in …

Retirement

One Last Piece of Life Advice from Anthony Bourdain

Listening back through my tapes from interviewing Bourdain in 2016, I found a gem.<p>A few days before Christmas 2016, former MUNCHIES Editor-in-Chief Helen Hollyman and I shared the experience of interviewing Anthony Bourdain at Bemelmans Bar here in New York City. We recorded for nearly four hours, …

Looking for a cheap flight? The secret to getting airfare deals is all in the timing

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>When Justin McCurry, founder of the website RootofGood.com, travels with his family of five, …

One $99 box can speed up your home internet and slash $120 off your cable bill

Want to make your cable company really angry while simultaneously making yourself really happy? One simple box can make both of those things happen. …

When Is It OK to Leave Kids Unequal Inheritance?

On the surface, it makes perfect sense. Why would you leave as much money to your youngest daughter, Sonia, a real-estate lawyer with a high …

Want to Remember the Notes You Take? Here's Why You Need to Write Them By Hand

Handwriting notes has been proven to solidify thoughts better than typing, helping us retain information.<p>It's the worst feeling. We get a call or an email suddenly reminding us that a project is due or an important meeting has passed by and we've totally forgotten it.<p>I'm no stranger to the pitfalls …

Struggle with mindfulness? This two-minute walking meditation is a game-changer

Sometimes it’s hard work to get in the calm mind-set that’s kind of crucial for a successful meditation sesh: You may feel anxious, super-distracted, …

Bad with money? Tell me about your mother

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>When certified financial planner Christina Empedocles leads money workshops, she doesn’t …

Personal Finance

This Service Will Land You the Campsite of Your Dreams, Last Minute

Unlike staying at a hotel, camping is about making a purposeful journey into the unknown and uncertain. Will the rain fly endure the storm? Will the …

Camping