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My Story

Now in my 75th year, I love being "reFired"!

Certainly, it's NOT vintage retirement. This chapter includes family, fun, focused purpose (nonprofit ambassador and mentor), friends, and fitness (body, mind, spirit, and money). 

I'm still penning pieces about widows and money, while focusing on legacy writing--stories, poems, and letters. I continue speaking at selected conferences and college events. Plus, I help charitable organizations grow their endowments.

Since my book was published (about 80,000 copies in circulation), I've moved forward in many ways. So can you after a major transition such as widowhood. Thanks to professionals and friends assisting my "widowed sisters." I hope you find tools and articles on my site interesting.

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Free Tools


2021 Stories & More

"Two Ways I Found Later Life Love"

"How to Help Widows Avoid Financial Risks of Remarriage"

"Does Your Mother's Legacy Shape Your Own?"

"Shake Up Your Brain a Bit and Get Outside Your Comfort Zone"

"Giving Twice"

"5 Easy Steps to Write a Legacy Letter for Family and Friends"

" Financial Advice for Widows: What to Do Before You Remarry" 

169+ Articles Including Research Studies

About Kathleen's work

"6 Know-It-All Statements New Widows Don’t Want to Hear (and Alternatives That Are Actually Helpful)"

"How We Hosted Camp 'Grandma  & Grandpa' During the Pandemic"

CA Lutheran Univ. webinar


Next Gen Mentoring Forum interview focused on practical aspects of working with widows

"Pennies from Heaven: Gifts from
My Guardian Angel"

"I Remember Growing Up in a Four-Generation Household"

"Final Thoughts"


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Out & About

Write Your Legacy Letter for Family & Friends Workshop

October 16, 2021      Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, NY

I’m Protecting and Providing for My Son—Stretching an IRA with a “Give It Twice” Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust
Plus . . . Leaving a Lasting Legacy

October 26, 2021      Atlanta      Hosted by the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners, Inc.

What Matters Most? Help Your Clients Write Legacy Letters for Family and Friends

November 9, 2021       Webinar hosted by California Lutheran University

Legacy Storytellers Writing Circles 

Winter of 2022      Zoom sessions      Hosted by several nonprofits


Giving Forward

A portion of book sales benefits widows and their children.
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Get in Touch

St. Petersburg, FL & Saratoga Springs, NY

Thanks for staying in touch!

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