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    Love Thy Neighbor Now

    By Barbara Twardowski for Next AvenueThe last few days, I’ve been receiving calls and texts from friends and neighbors. One person was running to the drug store and asked if I needed anything. Another friend wanted to be sure I had food.   Read More...

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    Safeguarding Memories, Telling Stories

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueOn a table crowded with microphones and wires, Sam Thiessen Devine places an unpainted wooden truck, outfitted with chunky wheels. At first glance, the simple toy appears to be a well-loved memento from Devine’s childhood. But this is an object that holds memories and stories, and ultimately played a part in the inspiration behind Kinetic Legacy, a Minneapolis-based company founded by Devine, James Holmberg and Sarah Anderson in 2018.In more than one way, ...  Read More...

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    The Blindside Wipeout of Grief

    By Jackson Rainer for Next AvenueOn an ordinary afternoon walking through Wal-Mart in search of those affordable staples everyone finds at big-box stores, I passed a family having typical squabbles with each other — teens arguing with their parents, a young child begging for a sugary snack — all tense and irritated. I nodded, agreeing with myself that I was glad to be past that age and stage of life, acknowledging that this is what families normally do when they get in each othe...  Read More...

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    A Clever Way to Divvy Up Items After a Parent’s Death

    By Harry S. Margolis for Next AvenueOne of the biggest challenges for anyone administering an estate is how to distribute what are called its tangible items. Unlike other property which can be easily sold, turned into cash and divided equally, tangible property is unique and often can’t be equally split.   Read More...

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    Open Heart Surgery Changed My View of Life

    By Chris Haws for Next AvenueI was being wheeled at speed through the corridors of the MedStar Cardiovascular Surgery Center in Washington, D.C. on a stretcher bound for an operating theater. My driver, another Chris, was also to be my anesthetist — so I refrained from commenting on his apparent lack of coordination or caution as we raced through the basement labyrinth.Instead, we traded gallows-humor jokes about passengers who found themselves on the wrong airplanes or patients who were d...  Read More...