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Ever make out a “living will?”

My daughter, wife, son and daughter-in-law are all participating in making out the details for a “living will“… I guess they are worried about what to do with my books and check-protector collection and fat-man clothes and other stuff.

They need to know if I’ll allow an autopsey, or whether I want to be cremated or buried or stuffed and distributed on a timely basis to decorate the homes of family members. They need to know if I want to stay alive in a vegetative state. Nothing I’ve really thought about before.

They are doing all this by following instructions in a book (“In the Checklist of Life“) by Elly and my old friend and former employee Lynn McPhelimy who developed this stuff thirty years ago.

This has been helpful to many people in our family… Elly gave many of them copies of Lynn’s book as holiday gifts one year. You can get it, too… just go to Amazon:   where it costs under $20.00.

If you are planning last days of any family member, or yourself, you may want to consider one of the many five-star reviews that have appeared on Amazon:

This is an excellent book. Everyone needs to have one of these. I have filled out every page that applies. I told my whole family where it is located should my untimely death occur. I have had to plan and attend many funerals and when there is no plan it can make things difficult and stressful. It you take the time to fill out these pages, even some of them, it will help your family in a time of sorrow and confusion. This book is best for the division of property and sentimental items. It is also a good idea to have a living will and trust. Anyone who’s ever had to go through probate or a difficult family situation can relate. For those who haven’t, just know that death can often do strange things to people and even the most loving of families can be divided over who gets what. Get this book as a great start to planning an inevitable part of life.

…or this one:

“In the Checklist of Life” was a book that I found to be indispensable. In retrospect, after losing someone close to you, you realize how important this book really is. I have always joked with my family about writing my own obituary, and here is my very own chapter in which to do just that. The chapter about your pets is one that should not be missed for all pet lovers. This book is smart, it’s funny, it makes you think, it makes you cry. Be kind to your family and fill in the pages of this wonderful book. They will forever be thankful.

As I think about what might go wrong with the surgery I’m having next Friday, this will keep most of my family feeling much more secure.  Thanks, Lynn.


Another day with no Internet connection at home…

… so I’m back at WSHC updating UTL and again making my apologies to regular readers and responders.

This morning on my Talk To Me program I have Ann Watson, Head Librarian of the Scarborough Library at Shepherd University and we are going to have a great discussion on Libraries, Books, and the change in reading activities given recorded books and the internet (and iPad/iPhone technologies.)

If you want to tune in, it’s 89.7 FM in the Shepherdstown area. To hear it on line go to

Another Hot Day…

I’m wondering where the planet is going as we have another hot day. When I water the plants, they dry out pretty quickly. I’m now doing watering twice a day to make sure the garlic doesn’t die.

It’s interesting, because technically summer has not even started yet, but we are in the area of heat we used to wait until August for.

On TV yesterday… on C-Span, there was a recorded lecture by the woman who wrote “Diet for a Small Planet” over a decade ago… a book which was pretty influential to many of us. Now she has a book out called “Diet for a Hot Planet” which I’ll have to take a look at.

Meanwhile, I proceed on the Vegan lifestyle, having lost about 35 pounds now on my total goal of 150 pounds in two years. It seems to go along with the hotter planet… as long as fruits and vegetables keep growing.

As I predicted… here’s what meets you at the top of the NY Times Web Site…

And there’s Steve Jobs with the new “iPad”. BTW, when I went here at 4:25 PM, there was nothing at the top of the Times page about Pelosi saying she could bring in the House on the Senate’s Health Care Bill.

Cheers for independent blogs!

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Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, introduced the iPad on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Apple Reveals the iPad Tablet

Steven P. Jobs said the new iPhone-like tablet computer, starting at $499, is prime for video, music and e-books.

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