Woman to Watch: Barbara Nagle, Charting a Life

by Katie O'Sullivan

The retired teacher wasn't sure why she signed up to take that particular community education class. She only knew that she was "supposed" to be there.

Barbara Nagle retired from teaching in elementary schools in 2001. A 1961 graduate of Bridgewater College, she'd spent the better part of her career as a full-time special needs tutor, working one-on-one with young children.

In 2005, the Bourne resident signed up at the Sandwich Community School to take a class with Cynthia Robotham on becoming a Beacon Hospice volunteer.

"I knew I didn't want to be visiting hospice patients," Barbara remembers. "I'd done all that already when my father died." She assumed that the class would help her figure out why she felt she needed to sign up.

By the end of the session, she knew.


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Estate lawyer Gwynne Waitrowski Guzzeau brings some legal ease to the ever-changing laws that are now going into effect.

Back to Basics

by Gwynne Wiatrowski Guzzeau

Welcome to 2011, the year you'll get your legal house in order. Yes, Y-O-U! And I'll be here to help with information and resources to guide you step by step through a process most people prefer to put off to another day: planning your estate.

Now you might be thinking, "What estate?" And in this economy you are not alone.

While the year end news was filled with stories of tax cuts for the rich, most of us were checking our bank balances or credit limits to determine if we could stretch for just one more gift to give or one more bill to pay.

The fact is that an estate plan is about more than money.


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Mini-Mart Surprise

by Beverly Ryle

Beverly Ryle

Summertime and the living is easy—but not for a Mini-Mart cashier at a rest stop on the Mass Pike.

That was the assumption I made when I stopped there for an iced coffee on a hot, sunny Saturday last summer on my way to visit family in Connecticut.

The store was packed. A long line of customers in a hurry to be somewhere else snaked its way around the junk food displays, inching slowly toward the older woman on the other side of the counter.

"What an awfully hard job," I thought, as I watched her selling lottery tickets and sodas.

The weather outside is beautiful, and you're stuck inside. You're on your feet all day, under constant pressure from impatient, sometimes rude people.


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