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Helping Aging Parents: What is Important

By Jennifer Cowan | Oct 1, 2015

October: it does not feel like Fall yet but let’s see how the season develops. Hopefully we’ll get some rain. Last month I visited the di Rosa museum in Napa for the first time (www.dirosaart.org), touring the surrounding grounds and outdoor sculpture gardens. It was very hot but the view was amazing and the giant…

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Trusts for Married Couples: Part 2

By Jennifer Cowan | Sep 1, 2015

September-back to school for some of us with school age children, or possibly your school year has already begun, as high school started mid-August. I spent a couple of days in Ashland last month, seeing plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). They were fantastic! The highlights were the musicals: Guys and Dolls and a…

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Trusts for Married Couples: choices, choices

By Jennifer Cowan | Aug 3, 2015

It’s August, many of you are probably taking vacation this month, as am I, plus gearing up for the start of school. I still have 1 teenager left in the home and he goes back to high school mid-August. Last month I spent a full day at the Marin County Fair-nearly 10 hours-I was pretty…

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Social Security and Spouses

By Jennifer Cowan | Jul 1, 2015

Welcome to summer! I can’t help but begin by commenting on recent news: as everyone knows by now the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage the end of June. As I drove to work the morning of the announcement I saw a young man with tears on his face waiving a multicolored flag as he walked.…

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June Weddings

By Jennifer Cowan | Jun 1, 2015

June: traditionally the month of weddings. In fact,many years ago, I was a June bride myself. But this June is different: the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case it heard in April, are states required to allow same-sex marriage or can individual states ban same-sex marriage and/or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages…

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May Flowers

By Jennifer Cowan | May 1, 2015

Last month I visited the De Young Museum’s annual spring show “Bouquets to Art.” The show pairs a local floral designer with a piece from the museum’s permanent collection. The designer creates a companion piece inspired by the original and the two pieces are displayed together. Every year I am delighted and amazed by the…

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How Do You Hold the Eggs In Your Basket?

By Jennifer Cowan | Apr 5, 2015

April! For most people April is synonymous with the IRS and taxes. While it doesn’t always fall in April,most Aprils I think of Easter. Easter was a big deal when I was little, with chocolate egg hunts and an Easter basket from my grandmother. I tried to recreate the magic of Easter with my own…

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Keeping Your Estate Plan Up to Date

By Jennifer Cowan | Mar 3, 2015

Welcome to March! There are a couple important dates in March: my birthday, for one, and of course Saint Patrick’s Day. My youngest son used to make Leprechaun traps. This was a particularly tricky business because you essentially only got one chance; if the leprechaun escaped you had to wait another long year for the…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to All Valentines

By Jennifer Cowan | Feb 14, 2015

Hello! Welcome to February. When I was little I loved making valentines for my classmates. I was busy at home for days with construction paper, glitter, special stickers and lacy hearts. Each valentine was different. When my own children were little they did not seem as interested in making 25 or 30 individual valentines! Their favorite…

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Charitable Giving

By Jennifer Cowan | Jan 15, 2015

Happy New Year! It is January, time of new beginnings. In my small garden I already see hyacinths poking out of the ground. Have you made any resolutions yet? Why not think about what charities you would like to support this year, either through your efforts or monetarily. The IRS recently issued tax tips for…

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Providing for our Pets

By Jennifer Cowan | Dec 2, 2014

December: time to gather with friends and family to celebrate your holiday and spiritual traditions. For those going through a time of change it can be an opportunity to explore new traditions to carry forward. A tradition I loved to share was holiday baking. One of my sons joined me in cooking, the others joined…

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Happy Thanksgiving to Families of All Kinds

By Jennifer Cowan | Nov 3, 2014

November: This month is anchored by Thanksgiving, the great American feast day honoring friendship and cooperation. When I was growing up we went to my grandparents’ home in Berkeley for traditional holiday dinners. My mom grew up there and I always looked forward to visiting. When my own kids were little we all loved Thanksgiving.…

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