I enjoy taking a post at the end of each calendar month to thank those who have been helpful and encouraging to me for my various endeavors. April was a somewhat difficult one for my family and portends some tough times ahead. However, some real quality people sent me notes of support and well wishes that is causing me to rethink my usual skepticism.
I also find that those who I list below may not feel that they have done very much at all. However, as little effort as a short note, smile or pat on the back may take, don’t forget that such gestures can have great meaning.
Hani Sarji – I have mentioned this friend several times before in these appreciation posts. Mr. Sarji is two weeks away from receiving his LLM in Tax at New York Law School. His blog at forbes.com was recently named the co-winner of the 2011 Lexis-Nexis Top Estate, Probate and Elder Law Blog (out of literally dozens and dozens of quality blogs). Much like his quick reporting, he personally wrote to me a very nice note within hours of my releasing this post about my mother. Congratulations Hani, and thank you!
David S. Luber, Esq. – Speaking of high-quality legal bloggers, Mr. Luber is an outstanding estates and probate lawyer in Broward County, FL. His Florida Probate Lawyer Blog was also nominated as one of the top 25 Lexis-Nexis blogs for 2010. In addition to working with his many clients, he also actively serves as a participant and leader for local bar associations. Although we had never been formally introduced, Mr. Luber took the initiative to share some personal common experiences with me, while offering his best wishes. I use this public forum to point out what seems to be his typical generosity. Thank you, David!
Chris Tymchuck, Esq. – Ms. Tymchuck is an estate planning, elder and family law attorney in Edina, MN. She runs Unique Family Law, which emphasizes legal service for blended families, multi-generational households and GLBT families. She also actively volunteers in her community, including drafting estate plans for firefighters and law enforcement officers. Upon recently discovering our common WealthCounsel membership, we had an exchange regarding blog-writing, during which she commended my work. Frankly, I don’t know how someone with her energy, enthusiasm, and love of service has the time to blog at all, let alone compliment me. Thank you, Chris!
Karen Meckstroth, Esq. – Ms. Meckstroth runs her estate planning law practice out of the Bay Area in California. Early this month, she contacted me, seeking a lawyer referral for a Maryland matter. While calling around for this kind of help is a normal part of any attorney’s work, her high praise for this blog catered to my delicate, attention-seeking ego quite well. Check out her website here, and you’ll see why her acclaim is even more meaningful to me. Thank you, Karen!
Laura Brodsky – Ms. Brodsky of Meredith Corporation is my wonderful cousin, who I previously referenced here. A follower of this blog, she noticed my recent posting hiatus. She wrote expressing concern about me early in the morning – of her own birthday. With family like you, Laura, I’ll always be okay!
Two Rest Areas on Interstate 95 – I use I-95 often to go back and forth from Virginia to Philadelphia. During one night trip to Philly, I parked as close as I could to the Delaware House service area amidst dozens of other cars waiting out the rain. Once I got out of the car, I was approached by a sweet Caucasian woman in her early 20s asking me for gas money. The following week, on an evening drive back to Virginia, I stopped at Chesapeake House to get gas. With no one else in sight, an angry African-American man in his late-20s approached me from a U-Haul truck, asking for directions.
Thank you to I-95, including the staff at Delaware House, for reminding me that a cute young white woman in a fairly busy parking lot can be a panhandler, and that a frustrated, do-rag wearing, black man approaching me at a lonely filling station can simply need directions and some friendly encouragement.
Andrea Zucker – No matter how tired or aggravated each of us feels due to the daily grind, once we start talking every evening, we are smiling and laughing within five minutes.
Benjamin and Samantha Zucker – My beautiful children.
Syma Zucker – My strong and brave mother.
Carl K. Zucker (1934-2002).
- In Appreciation – March 2011 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)
- In Appreciation – February 2011 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)
- In Appreciation – January 2011 (estateplanninginfoblog.com)