Monday, December 31, 2007
Happy New Year Everyone!
(Thanks Joan for passing this along.)
Friday, December 28, 2007
Where There's a Will, There's a Way
(This information comes from USA Weekend (11/30-12/2/07) article by Sharon Epperson.)
"More than 70% of Americans don't have a will, and parents with minor children are less likely to have one". This information comes from a national survey done by the online legal document company LegalZoom.com
If you die intestate, that's without a will, the state -not you- decides how to divide up your estate.
You can draft a basic will at the fraction of the cost of using an attorney with the use of a software kit, website, or books.
For a basic will and health care power of attorney there's Quicken WillMaker Plus 2008 edition(The book & CD-ROM cost $32.99 on Amazon.com) and it also has information on planning & budgeting for a funeral.
For online form websites: BuildaWill.com, Wills-Online.com, LegalZoom.com
Prices start at about $20 and then varies depending upon the number of forms you need and the number of changes you can make.
There's Nolo's Simple Will Book by Denis Clifford that contains how to select an executor, handle debts and taxes, reduce estate taxes and probate fees, and how to make changes to or revoke an earlier will, and other topics.
Of course an estate planning attorney can answer all kinds of questions and to find one in your area you can go to lawyer.com. Be sure to read the site's advice on screening a potential attorney before you sign for any services.
Here's some additional information that HP reader Dee in Las Cruces, NM has emailed me.
"Another thing is that in many states, parents with under-age
children who have been adopted, the parents having no will, those
children become wards of the state. Any adoptive parents will want to
avoid this at all costs. It's the first thing one should do immediately
after adopting a child of any age but especially those under-age (l6 or
so) - this may vary according to state. It's worth checking out with an
See also these 2 HodgePodge postings from the past:
A-Pass-Along (Advanced Medical Directives)
Emergency Medical Information Sheet
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Gym or Spa?
(We have a lot of gyms in our area. My son Brian, belongs to yet another one. If you've thought about joining a gym but weren't sure check out the different ones where you live. We each belong to a different one that fits our needs! Maybe you can find your perfect fit too.)
Monday, December 24, 2007
A Visit from St. Nicholas
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The Origin of the Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer Story
Friday, December 21, 2007
Laura's Christmas Card to All
Even when I was in Tanzania, I knew this was going to be my holiday Christmas card!
Tonight, as we weather our first snow of the season here in the mid-Atlantic, seems the right night to post this card. Sadly, this is the last of the APODS - APOD is about to become OPOD (Occasional Picture of the Day). I want you all to know how grateful I am that you have allowed me to share these photos and my journey with you. With each picture posted , I have relived a wonderful moment. DH Lawrence once said that our sixth sense is the sense of wonder. May this holiday season, and the new year, be filled with joy, wonder and love for you - and all whom you love. Enjoy! - Laura
Many thanks from myself, and on behalf of all the Hodgepodge readers who have enjoyed your beautiful photos with wonderful commentary. It was so nice of you to take the time to do this and share your adventure with us. - Debbie
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Digestive Disorders First Aid Treatments
Kind of ironic that this is just after a posting entitled, "In the Pink" huh? : )
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
In the Pink!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Santa Jigsaw Puzzle
Thanks Robert and Francis for sending it along.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
More Wild Things!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
St. Luke's Cookbook
The books are $12 each. Priority Mail shipping for one is: $4.60, two $8.95.
My co-chair on the cookbook, Katherine Young, is handling the orders.
Orders can be emailed to her at:
Be sure to put "Cookbook Order" in the subject line of your email then followed up with a check made out to: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Sent to: Katherine Young (Cookbook Order)
c/o St. Luke's Episcopal Church
17 Oak Ave.
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving
Monday, December 10, 2007
What's Gnus with You?
Friday, December 07, 2007
Oh how I wish I could have gotten a clearer picture! (My battery was dead and I had to scramble even to get this shot.) We were on the final leg of our journey. As we made our way back to Arusha, we suddenly came upon a pack of wild dogs - so rare that the wildlife service in Tanzania pays guides for pictures documenting the fact they are still present. Sadly, these *dogs* have fallen prey to distemper and to farmers' bullets (because they kill the livestock). Yes, they look like very mixed up German Shepherds. They will never win "Best in show" at Westminster, but they are part of our world, and it saddens me that they are on the endangered species list. - Laura
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Catalog Choice - Helping to Unstuff Your Mailbox
Go here to find out how it works:
(Thanks Nancy for sharing this information.)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
What is Eaten in One Week
Monday, December 03, 2007
What's My Line??
Tonight's offering is dreadfully backlit, but the really good birders among you will be able to guess the identity of this bird anyway!!
Hint: you will note that the jaws are slightly ajar, like a niutcracker, so the bird can open the snails it catches in the marshes.
WHAT'S MY LINE?? (The identity is below the picture)
The African Open Billed Stork