Noah Clements

Don’t ever change

Caroline’s reminiscences about our children’s baptisms really threw me for a loop. It’s hard for me to look at all the pictures of our children when they were younger without tears coming to my eyes. The sweet pain of nostalgia makes me wonder whether I was a good enough father to my beautiful young children; …

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Where to start planning if you have a special needs child?

The best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago, the second-best time is right now. Supposedly, an ancient Chinese proverb, but who knows? It can be overwhelming. Figuring out how to get the care and services for your special needs child is incredibly difficult; figuring out how to pay for it can be …

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Building Connection – Can Estate Planning Improve Relationships?

Caroline has been weeding out old pictures. There’s a good reason for it: we don’t have much room and the picture books are falling apart. But looking through old pictures of family and friends can stir bittersweet feelings of love and loss. Mad Men’s Don Draper had it right: family pictures spin us “around and …

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Remembering . . .

Last Tuesday was the first anniversary of my brother’s death and Saturday was his birthday. His wife (I still have trouble with “widow”) threw a party at the last restaurant he managed – Monty’s in the Grove. It was a lovely party with family and friends. Last year, right after Michael’s death, his best friend …

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Enjoy the Game

I’m very lucky in that I get to learn so much from Caroline on our walks. Because Caroline has been on the road for the last week, however, we haven’t had our Beach Walk for a while. 🙁  Strangely, I had a dream while she was traveling that sort of gave me a Caroline-type-message anyway. …

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