Month: November 2021

purple vine on a cement wall

Death Benefits

Audio: Death Benefits I set up my will so that none of the beneficiaries benefit if any of them die first. The dead person’s share doesn’t go back into the pool to be shared by those remaining. It goes to a not-for-profit. Even though I’m not talking about vast sums of money, setting it up …

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You Stole From Me!

Audio: You Stole From Me! “You stole from me!” I would recognize that voice and the anger if I were drugged, or asleep, or ninety-one years old. My father had called, and those were his first words. Had he meant to call someone else? “Dad?” “Don’t pretend you don’t know. You stole my money.” A …

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blue sky and dry grasses

Money is Here Now

Audio: Money is Here Now The day after I wrote last week’s post, I thought I would start going back in time, to the 1800s, to my great-grandfather. But then my brother and I talked. I had texted my brother asking how involved he wanted to be in care decisions about Mom. We traded texts …

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Money Feelings

Audio: Money Feelings I want to write about my relationship with money because writing helps me think. I want to understand this thing we have. I want peace with money. Yesterday, in the synchronous way the world continues to surprise me, someone asked, “Do you feel you can earn money but can’t keep it? Does …

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