Wednesday, September 11th


by Melissa Jones

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM







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





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






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.