TORY JOHNSON/ “THE SHIFT”
27th ANNUAL GRAPEFEST
Historic Downtown Grapevine
September 12, 13, 14 and 15
Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (free admission until 5 p.m.)
Saturday 10 a.m.- 1130 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission - $8
BALVENIE RARE CRAFT COLLECTION
The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection is Sept. 10 & 11, 6pm – 10pm, at The Hickory Street Annex (501 South 2nd Avenue, #200). The gallery exhibit is free to the public and includes complimentary tastings of the hand-crafted single malt whisky, The Balvenie, as well as Whisky Master Classes at 6:30 pm and 8pm. RSVP required at www.thebalvenie.com/collection.
RELATIONSHIP EXPERT SHERON PATTERSON
Having “The Talk” with your aging parents.”
Talking to our aging parents about their death and the details that accompany it are not pleasant. Yet it is vital that we do so. There are matters such as bank accounts, wills, insurance, health care and more that can become huge problems if left unattended. Here are a few tips to begin “The Talk” with mom and dad.
1. Avoid the circling vulture method.
You do not want to approach your parents with statements like, “ Can I have your silver set when you die?” Rather, place your concerns in a positive manner. “I want to handle your possessions properly when you pass away. Can we talk about that?
2. Pick the right time for the conversation. The timing has to be right for you and for them. We are often rushed. This is not an “on the fly” conversation. Ensure that they are not distracted or busy doing something else.
3. Be respectful. Ensure that you have the proper tone of voice with your parents. Avoid being bossy, and dismissive.
4. Select the right place. A crowded restaurant or the Thanksgiving dinner table are both wrong. Give your parents the privacy that this delicate matter deserves.
5. Don’t give up. This is what happened to me. My mom and I had the talk after she resisted for years. When she came around, she volunteered a large folder that held all of her important papers. That folder contained everything I needed.