Is it the truth?

I haven’t written about Rotary recently – well almost a decade. Rotary logo gold

My absence wasn’t intentional. After serving a President of the Rotary Club of Providence, the largest Rotary club in the region my next role was to support the leadership that followed me. I did just that and then my life changed.

My husband and I decided to sell our business of 20 years. His Lyme disease symptoms reappeared and he was not feeling well. Sadly, he passed away not too long afterwards.

I started working for a Realtor as his marketing strategist. My job involved digital and social media marketing which fit in well with my business background and marketing experience.  Then I became a Realtor®. This changed everything.

There is one thing that did not change. The values of Rotary International stayed with me. I think of Rotary’s 4 Way Test frequently. I printed it out and pinned it to my bulletin board.

              4 Way Test

         Is it the truth?

         Is it fair to all concerned?

         Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

         Is it beneficial to all concerned?

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Real Estate is Emotional

I’ve been there. For many, it’s very emotional to sell or buy a home. 

So many of the real estate transactions I’ve handled as a Realtor are fraught with emotional feelings. Yep. It’s not all happy days, fun and laughter for buyers and sellers.

Consider buyers and sellers making a change – in residence, marital status, lifestyle, geographic location, health, and family and employment situations. It’s stressful!ExhaustingAll their memories are encased in the walls of the home. Letting go is difficult. Little hurts and disappointments take on large dimensions as do happy memories of times gone by.

Even the happy occasions such as moving to a larger home to accommodate a growing family, a first home, a couple expecting their first or second or third child. A family making room for their grandmother, parents, or their children and grandchildren is stressful. images

It seems every client is in transition. And transitions are difficult and emotional. It takes empathy, understanding and patience to understand the needs of all involved, and effort to minimize the confusion and emotional roller coaster of this major transaction. I negotiate on behalf of my clients and represent them fairly, confidentially, with dignity and respect. Most of all, I listen, seek to understand their hurts, disappointments and fears and look for ways to ease the stress and suffering surrounding their real estate transaction.Stressed out

I’ve been that real estate client, stressed out, worried and uncertain of my family’s future. Everyone has changes and they are not always easy and happy. But I can help others navigate the rough waters and ease the stress.

Asbestos

Asbestos 3Asbestos is six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity. These properties of asbestos supported its use all over the world for years in a number of different commercial, industrial and consumer products – including homes, especially those built prior to 1980.

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Asbestos, once called a “magic mineral” is a natural mineral that has been mined and used because of its durability, heat and chemical resistance. Asbestos has been utilized in thousands of products, in everything from insulation and other construction materials to car brakes and hair dryers. At the height of its use, asbestos could be found in over 3,000 consumer products.

20190424_184705_resizedI had to snap a photo of this asbestos encapsulated furnace I saw in a 1945 Narragansett home that was for sale. It will need removal by licensed professionals.

Asbestos abatementMy clients were buying a 1949 home in another town where asbestos had already been removed but there was still Asbestos pipessome friable asbestos on a couple of the steam pipes in the basement (like this photo). Asbestos 1When I told the seller’s agent that my client wanted the remaining asbestos removed as a condition of the sale the seller refused saying he was insulted we even asked and that it was not needed. The estimate to remove that asbestos was $1,681.

There are 70 countries where the use of asbestos is NOT banned.

Mesothelioma  & Asbestosis

Over time researchers realized that when asbestos materials are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and cause dangerous exposure. When people accidentally inhale or ingest the microscopic fibers, the mineral can eventually lead to serious health problems, like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

For additional information: https://cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/home/asbestos-home

 

Craftsman Style Architecture

Craftsman homes typically have these elements inside: Beautiful stone fireplaces, unique built-ins (book shelves, window seats, nooks), exposed wood beams, lots of natural materials like stone and wood for wood floors and trim and handmade tiles. The wood trim is intricate, the mill work exquisite.

Exterior features may include a covered front porch, low pitched roof lines, stone or wood columns at the front entry, wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, a dormer and double hanging windows. Usually lots of windows, even small ones. The exterior is wood, stucco or stone siding.

Although one or 1.5  stories is most common some of today’s homes are 3 stories. Most bedrooms are small, especially if located in the eves, but modern homes have rambling bedrooms with adjoining dressing rooms, a den or office and well-equipped modern baths.

I’ve seen Craftsman homes with shiplap walls, contemporary lighting fixtures, coffered and non-coffered swirled plaster ceilings. Paint colors tend to be soft or earthy but bright aggressive paints make a modern, clean statement while still keeping with the style.

One home I visited was painted almost entirely in white inside. While this seemed like an insult to the original gorgeous wood this color created a beautiful, modern, bright aesthetic that I loved immediately.

I would describe Craftsman homes as comfortable, cozy, beautiful and detailed. Today’s contemporary Craftsman are all that as well as functional with sophistication.

No two Craftsman homes are identical. Each has its own personality. Actually there are four Craftsman styles: Prairie, Mission, Four-Square and Bungalow.

The bungalow is my favorite style.

Life Changes – a Short Story

Actually it’s a long story, but I’ll condense it.  Life 1

I got a job, as an employee after 20 years of being the employer

My beloved husband and best friend died. Unexpectedly. Quickly. After ten days in the ICU.

My daughter’s complications from Lyme disease amped up. Her life changed too.

My symptoms from chronic Lyme disease also amped up.

I became a Realtor®. A profession I never expected I would choose.

It’s just the way life is, twists and turns, ups and downs, the expected and unexpected, the good, the bad and the fugly. Yup. It was all of that.

 

Five things you don’t know about Lyme disease

On the front page of the Providence Journal.

Another inaccurate article on Lyme.

Two of the five things are not correct – in my opinion.

Yes, it is true that ticks need humidity to survive, prevention measures do help and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Health has had Lyme three times. tick_540x405

But, only 800 cases of Lyme in this state? And Lyme clinics doctors say only 5% of their patients actually have Lyme. I beg to differ with these two statements.

I would have hoped for a more balanced piece on the subject.

Read the comments after the article for a more accurate picture.

Click to read:

Five things you don’t know about Lyme disease | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal - The Providence Journal.

Lyme – Controversy over how sick it makes patients

Good Boston Globe article on Lyme disease.  

Covers a lot of Lyme related topics, especially the controversial ones.

Click to read: tick_540x405

Lyme disease is on the rise, and so is controversy over how sick it makes patients – Metro – The Boston Globe.

A Dirty Word in Health Care: Managed Care

Quotation Mark Close Black

Lyme disease is the first infectious disease of truly epidemic proportions that emerged hand in hand with another new phenomenon affecting the health of Americans: the penetration of managed care in to the health care market place.

NEWS: “Sometimes a little rebellion is necessary” | LymeDisease.orgLymeDisease.org.

Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

As civilized members of society, enjoying the wonders and advancement of medicine, science and so many things, it is very difficult to understand the the academic, medical, business and scientific handling of Lyme disease. When  I talk about Lyme people are incredulous that diagnosis and treatment of this infectious disease are as complicated as it is. They cannot comprehend that doctors are ill-informed, that insurance companies refuse to cover treatment, that there is no vaccination, no accurate test, no government support of research.

They cannot believe that doctors treating patients for Lyme with antibiotics are brought up on charges by medical societies. They are astounded that people die from Lyme.

Frankly, so am I.  Incredulous. Astounded. And really mad.

“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”

via Petition | The U.S. Senate: Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF | Change.org.

The U.S. Senate: Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF | Change.org

“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”Mackenzie tick B&W

In the fullness of time, much is revealed and understood.  This will be true of Lyme disease and its co-infections and the role of government, medicine and insurance. It is shameful.

via Petition | The U.S. Senate: Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF | Change.org.