My Story


As a zesty Boomer, I’m gratefully giving and growing . . .  using my skills and experience to encourage others to live their best life, too.


Now in my 76th year, I love being "reFired"! That’s NOT vintage retirement. Rather, this chapter is about family, fun, focused purpose, friends, and fitness.


I still pen pieces about widows and money, while also writing legacy stories, poems, and letters. I continue speaking at selected conferences and lifelong-learning centers. Plus, I help charitable organizations grow their endowments.


Since my guidebook for widows was published, I've moved forward in many ways. So can you after a major transition such as widowhood. I hope you find the tools and articles on my site interesting. Thanks also to professionals and friends assisting my "widowed sisters."


Want a full resume and story of origin from my heart? Go here to read that.

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Free Tools


2021-22 Selected Stories & More

"Focus on Investment Factors You Can Control"

"The Joy of Reading Picture Books Virtually with My Long-Distance Grandchild"

"I’m “Giving It Twice,” Helping My Son & Leaving a Lasting Legacy"

"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


Practical aspects of working with widows interview

"Jane Fonda and I Happily Agree About Drinking After 60"

The Chicago Money Show

"Aging Gracefully and Money"

"Two Ways I Found Later Life Love"

"Pennies from Heaven: Gifts from
My Guardian Angel"

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

"Final Thoughts"


"Here Are the First Financial Steps to Make After Losing a Spouse"

"You Are Wealthier Than You Think"

"Giving Twice"

"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"

"Better Than Dollars"

"Thoughts After My 75th Birthday"

The Apple Tree

"Great Grandma's Bell"

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

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

175 Articles Including Research Studies

About Kathleen's work