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    The Gift of A Dog Named Penny

    By Stan Gornicz for Next Avenue“Time to open Christmas presents,” I shouted after our family finished our holiday feast. “Penny first.”We all rushed into my parents’ living room and watched their precocious puppy rip open her package, carefully wrapped in red and green striped paper. The sounds of crunching and tearing were soon replaced by the high-pitched squeaking of a colorful chew toy.The mood at our home in central Connecticut had been lively since we bro...  Read More...

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    Coping with Complicated Grief

    By Suzanne Boles for Next Avenue“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital.   Read More...

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    Protecting Your Parents From Elder Fraud

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueA growing concern for many people in their 50s or 60s: Will my mom or dad become the victim of elder fraud? Sadly, the chances are pretty good. In fact, at least 20% of older adults have been victims of elder financial abuse, according to the Center for Financial Services Innovation.Scammers are getting more nefarious using email and the phone to separate people in their 70s, 80s and 90s from their money.   Read More...

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    Pass Along Traditions With a Family Cookbook

    By Brette Sember for Next AvenueNearly everyone can share a favorite food memory; whether it’s all of the components of the family’s traditional Thanksgiving meal or Grandma’s molasses cookie recipe or Dad’s famous waffles. Gathering these beloved memories together can be a true labor of love.A family cookbook preserves special family recipes, passing them down to future generations. Family cookbooks are popular for family reunions, weddings, and holidays.Virginie Martocq, owner of HeritageCookb...  Read More...

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    Making Social Gatherings More Meaningful

    By Margie Zable Fisher for Next AvenueThe food was great, the wine was flowing and your friends gave you great gifts for your birthday. You were expecting a wonderful evening. But at the end of the night, you felt let down.   Read More...