April 20, 2015 |
What are you going to do with all your stuff ? Baby boomers amassed serious assets during their lifetimes. Say you want to leave your children and grandkids some personal belongings - art, furniture, books, sterling silver and collectibles. Often that's done through a will. But it's best to have "the talk" while you're alive. Perhaps more than one child wants something with memories: mom's cookie jar, dad's pipe, or grandma's overstuffed chair. Welcome to an inheritance minefield.
December 7, 2014 |
After passing through the property's security gate, rolling up the long drive, finding the 65-foot-long cobblestone courtyard (with pond and waterfall), and seeing what frames that courtyard - a transformed barn with adjacent (also transformed) farmer's cottage, all stone, all picture-perfect - a visitor wonders: Is there a dress code to get in? The answer: No. Linda Thatcher Raichle greets the caller wearing denim. Husband John Duda is barefoot. In their 60s and with previous marriages behind them, the couple are, it seems, as delighted with their Media, Delaware County, home as they are with each other.
July 14, 2014 |
There's a small sign in Vicki D. Lachman's kitchen in Avalon. It bears four words: "No hurries, no worries. " What power and meaning those words have for Lachman, newly retired from her job as a professor of professional ethics at Drexel University, but hardly idle as she makes the transition to a less active professional life. Down in Avalon, near a stretch of boardwalk and beach and close enough to hear the sound of the ocean, Lachman, 68, looks back on a fulfilling life, and forward to a new chapter she is writing as she goes.
June 16, 2013 |
When he was about 12 years old, Robert Segal and his uncle used to sail into a lagoon in Margate to visit his uncle's friend. Decades later, Bob, now a seasoned attorney, still can remember dreaming of someday owning a home in Margate on a lagoon - maybe that very cottage. Remarkably, the dream came to pass. And though the original house, reportedly owned by a rum runner during Prohibition, has been replaced, it's safely stored in his memory. "We've actually had three homes on this site," said Ann Segal, also an attorney.
December 12, 2012 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - The small yellow cottage has always been more than a house to Bob Bratek and his family. It was their tiny slice of oceanfront heaven, a repository of family memories built in the '60s with the hands of three generations of Brateks and any materials they could find. "It was made of pieces and hearts and souls and emotions and memories," Bratek said, remembering how he would ride there as a teenager in the family station wagon, its freight of free siding and donated wood causing the back to practically scrape the highway.
August 5, 2012
We remember fondly the bygone days of traveling with backpacks and staying in crowded hostel dorms or sleeping under the stars in crude tents. But as the years passed, comfort became a little more important and money a little more plentiful. Backpacking gave way to B&Bs with in-room facilities, and camping accommodations went from tents to tent cabins to RVs. Today, a new comfort travel chapter is unfolding, aimed at travelers who like to be close to the earth and its beauty but require a modicum of comfort and convenience.
July 21, 2012 |
It's not as if we were going to Antarctica. Our friends were vacating their seashore cottage in Surf City, Long Beach Island, for three days, and had invited us to occupy it in their absence. We'd be the cottage-sitters and enjoy all the perks, including that most cherished of all LBI luxuries, a two-car driveway. So there we were on a recent morning, getting ready to dash on down to the seashore, just like we used to in the early days of our marriage. Just the two of us. Except that this time, there were lists.
February 20, 2012 |
Evidence is still being analyzed from the blaze that consumed 10 cottages at the historic Chester Heights Camp Meeting Saturday, Trooper Timothy Greene, of the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal's unit, said Monday. But Pat Smith, president of the 30-acre site in Delaware County, said she has a hunch what caused the fire. "Absolutely suspicious ... but not necessarily intentional," she said, noting that an October fire, which leveled three cottages at the site, apparently was caused by three people gathered in the woods and acting carelessly with a lighter.
October 2, 2011 |
What happens when a handful of young men rent a fragile 19th-century house and have too many parties? That house is a real bargain when it hits the market. "We got a good deal here," Michael Anderson says of the cottage on Iseminger Street that he and Thomas Scheufele bought in 2001. "Those kids really messed up the house, but as soon as we saw it, I wanted it and knew we could fix it up. " If the 1832 property had not been in such poor condition, adds Anderson, a flight attendant on international routes, he and Scheufele, who teaches economics at a secondary school in Stuttgart, Germany, probably could not have afforded it. Once the couple purchased their bargain, the reality set in: The problems would be enormous - how would they proceed?
September 18, 2011 |
From her second-story deck, Jean Bell used to be able to watch Ocean City's annual Night in Venice boat parade on the bay. These days, that view is blocked by the trees growing in her backyard - a backyard that is guarded by gargoyles, as is the front door of her post-World War II cottage. "It was just a summer cottage when I bought it," says Bell, 74, who moved to Ocean City from Philadelphia in 1973. The Shore was familiar territory. When Bell was growing up, her family took vacations in Atlantic City.