Are the Russian people strong? Recently, Russia celebrated a 50% drop in extreme alcohol abuse. But: “the average Russian over the age of 15 years old [still] drinks about 11 liters (almost three gallons) of pure ethanol every year" Is the Russian military strong? “[T]he United States maintains a fleet of literally hundreds of operational fifth-generation jets, while Russia has only 14 or so (only two of which are serial production models, the other 12 are handmade prototypes).” >READ MORE

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In Memory Of Louis R. Carrier, Sr.

June 21, 1925 – February 21, 2022

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I have written about my father, Lou Carrier, before in this space. As perhaps most fathers are to their sons, he was larger than life to me. Whatever I am, his stamp is there. His influence on my three sisters and four brothers is equally clear.

Dad was competent and cogent to the very end. Family members, including heroic in-laws, took turns spending time with him, two or three weeks at a time. When the moment came, two sons and a daughter surrounded him.

Dad was a talker, mixing cranky sarcasm, mild profanity (you would never guess how many things God had damned until you spent some time with my father), and sweet sentimentality. He was deeply and unapologetically committed to his Catholic faith. Fish on Friday, Mass on Sunday. No excuses.

He lived through the Great Depression, working at my grandfather’s laundry. Then came World War II. His older brother was a PT boat captain in the South Pacific. Dad was an enlisted Photographer’s Mate at the Philadelphia Naval Air Station.

After the war, he went to college on the GI Bill with other soldiers, sailors, and Marines. He wooed and won my Mom and they set about having a family. A large family. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dad was a schoolteacher. He came home and took a nap to 5 p.m. Then he had dinner and was clocking in at the Narragansett Brewery by 6 p.m. Punched out at 2 a.m. Home for another nap. School at 8 a.m. Repeat. He kept this schedule for 17 years. Except for summertime, when he was a carpenter by day. One wife, 8 children, 19 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. All of whom like him. And are like him. A lot.

Lou and Betty are the inspiration for LifePlanning™. Their example of love and dedication to each other and to their family convinced me that we had to break the dreary cycle of spend-down, spend-down, spend-down… Nursing Home Poverty… Medicaid… No Choices... No Legacy...

And for 32 years we’ve done just that.

Thanks Dad!

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Born and raised in Petoskey, MI, I would often dress as a colonial child and tag along with my mom’s Fife and Drum Corps when they performed in the local parades. After an awkward homeschool period, I attended a fine arts charter school with an emphasis on dance and music. Sadly, I never received my letter to Hogwarts and ended up attending college in West Michigan where I settled with my family. If the sun is shining, you can find me on an outdoor adventure with my husband, our daughter, and our dog. Hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and snowshoeing are among my favorite outdoor activities! Whilst at home I enjoy reading, cuddling with my cats, marathoning the Great British Baking Show, and navigating life with a very strong willed two year old who is giving meaning to the phrase “terrible twos.”

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