Transitions With Jean - Columns

Even in volunteer work, change can be difficult

September 2, 2018

Dear Jean:

We are a non-profit organization which relies greatly on our senior volunteer corps. It is a dedicated population, the likes of which we will probably never see again. Yet, there are times when we have volunteers who are no longer a good fit for the job that...




When taking on the basement - make a game of it!

August 5, 2018

“Get up! Get outta here! Gone!”

Bob Uecker has a great line. Let’s borrow it to clean out a major league opponent – the “Basement.” That word brings shivers to even the most stronghearted folks.

Don’t balk. You can go the distance. Not...




How to split Mom’s estate fairly among children

July 1, 2018

Dear Jean: Mom moved into assisted living. She asked me to help divide the items in our family home and get it cleared out for selling. I have a brother and two sisters. It has really been stressing Mom.

There is nothing of great dollar value, but there are things of...




Kids, elders bring each other joy

June 7, 2018

Kids bring joy to elders. Elders bring joy to kids. The next obvious step is to get them together.

That is the starting point of a program started by Kim Patterson of Brookdale Appleton Senior Living. Patterson had been an elementary school teacher at St. Pius in Appleton. After 15 years,...




Don’t second-guess decisions made with best of intentions

May 6, 2018

Did you ever read something that really hit home with you? This week, I did.

Here it is: “I am not a second-guesser. I believe you make decisions with the best of intentions, with the best information you can find, with the best awareness of your circumstances, and you live with the...





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