The SafeEstates Blog

November 12, 2020

Watch For Falling Prices?

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Will you do most of your shopping online or at brick and mortar retail stores? Will you shop early or wait for falling prices? Do you know Walmart, the largest retailer in America, gets about 10% of its total revenue from online sales? Sam Walton bought his first store in 1945 at age 26 in Newport, Arkansas. When the landlord refused to renew the lease, Sam was forced to sell the store to the landlord. Undeterred, Sam bought a different store 200 miles away in Bentonville, Arkansas. By 1962, Sam and brother Bud owned 16 stores. They opened the first...

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November 1, 2020

November 3rd is Election Day!

Election Day is November 3rd. Please vote in this important election to choose your federal and state representatives. If you have not yet voted November 3 is your last chance – polls will be open 7 am to 7 pm.

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October 17, 2020

How to Establish an Endowed Scholarship

Harvard University was founded in 1636. The first endowed scholarship at Harvard was established in 1643 by Ann Radcliffe Moulson, widow of a former mayor of London. Two hundred fifty years later, the Harvard affiliated women’s liberal arts college was renamed Radcliffe College in 1894 to honor her. Have you ever thought about endowing a scholarship? Many of us are disappointed the pandemic has cancelled or postponed our high school and college reunion plans and has limited our live-access to college sports events. If you are crazy about your alma mater, maybe you will take the money you saved during...

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October 1, 2020

Register to Vote by Mail for the November Election!

Election Day is November 3. Please vote in this important election to choose your federal and state representatives. If you have not registered to vote, you can use this link for online voter registration until October 5. https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ If you have never voted in your county before and you registered to vote by mail or online, then you must appear in person the first time you vote. The early voting period is October 14-29. This is very easy and convenient. If you are not able to vote in person, use these links to check your eligibility for voting by mail and request an...

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September 3, 2020

The Presidents Who Became POTUS

As our nation begins a new school year, we thank our teachers and administrators who show up every school day to love and enlighten our children. Have you ever thought about the teachers who later became POTUS? There are more who were POTUS first and professor later. How many US Presidents also served as college or university presidents? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison held both positions in reverse order, serving first as 3rd and 4th POTUS and later as 1st and 2nd Rector of University of Virginia. As best I can determine, there were four who moved from college president to POTUS. Millard Fillmore was...

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August 10, 2020

The Reservoir of Goodwill

I have been reading The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson’s look at Winston Churchill’s leadership team in World War II during the period 1939-1941. This was before Pearl Harbor; the United States had not entered the war. In the 1940 presidential election, Franklin Roosevelt ran for an unprecedented third term against liberal Republican candidate Wendell Willkie. As American sentiment swung back and forth between isolationist and globalist positions, the polls gave the lead first to one candidate and then to the other. On election day, Roosevelt won by a wide margin. Willkie later supported Roosevelt’s administration during the war. As Roosevelt’s informal envoy, Willkie...

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August 1, 2020

Election Day: Primary August 6; General Election November 3

If you missed early voting for the primary election, you can still vote in person on August 6. Election Day is November 3. Please vote in this important election to choose your federal and state representatives. If you have not registered to vote, you can use this link for online voter registration until October 5. https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ If you have never voted in your county before and you registered to vote by mail or online, then you must appear in person the first time you vote. The early voting period is October 14-29. This is very easy and convenient. If you are not able...

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July 2, 2020

Celebrating Our Independence and Adjusting to the Velocity of Change

Our nation marks its 244th birthday this month. Recently much has been said about prejudice, injustice, immorality, hatred and selfish ambition in America. It may feel like America has made huge social justice changes for good over the past 5, 10, or 55 years. If may feel like the velocity of change is too slow. I hope you will take time on July 4 to reflect on the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control you see in other Americans. As Paul the apostle points out, “against such things there is no law.” How are you doing after several months of travel...

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July 1, 2020

Happy Birthday, Randy!

In June, Randy celebrated his 68th birthday with his family! He is blowing out his candles under the supervision of grandsons Leo and Eli, who were teaching "GRandy" a thing or two about birthday cake. He is also joined by wife, Mary Ann, and daughter, Mary

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June 21, 2020

Father’s Day Poem

I came across a poem about Father's Day, and I think it sums up all of the qualities I see in my own Dad. My Dad would be the first to admit that he is less than perfect, but I loved these words. So here's to all of the father's, father-figures, and those waiting to be first time father's. Happy Father's Day to all of you. God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,...

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