October is Meet the Blind Month, a month the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has established as a time for communities across the country to come together with blind members of the NFB and learn about blindness, blindness resources and more (www.nfb.org).
Here in Ruston it may seem like every month is Meet the Blind Month, as many of you have daily encounters with blind people. However, this month is unique in that several events around the community are happening to help blind members and our communities learn more about each other.
One matter I have resolved for this year is to write with a higher percentage of reference to items that are lighthearted. We cannot turn on the evening news without hearing bad news.
We hear news of disease, flu, illness, war and many other newsworthy but depressing topics. One aid in preventing depression is laughter.
This year I shall attempt to make a meager counterattack on gloom and cause some of you to smile. I will warn you some of you could be victimized, but generally I will reference selfdeprecating events or goofs of people elsewhere.
Money can, after all, grow on trees — family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years,* we’re not talking chump change. In fact, roughly two-thirds of boomer households will receive an inheritance, and the average value of those inheritances is just under $300,000.
Jim McKown, first vice president with Wells Fargo Advisors’ High Net Worth Planning team, notes that a $300,000 inheritance has the potential to grow over 30 years into nearly $3 million, assuming a 7 percent annual return.