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Legacy Letters


with Jerry Nulton

Calendar Jan 5, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

A Legacy Letter is a message to family or friends. There’s no formula. It can be any of thefollowing:

• An expression of gratitude, a compliment or encouragement

• A wish for their future

• One or more life lesson(s) you’d like to share

• A request for forgiveness or an attempt to make amends

• A tradition you’d like to pass along

• An important memory that means a great deal to you

• To offer comfort and perspective

Your Instructor:

I’ve lived a charmed life. I was taught by my mother to value an education and was taught by my father that hard work was the best path to success. I earned a double major from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, the first is a degree in Philosophy which I loved and the second a degree in Computer Science which I used to earn a living. I’ve worked in sales, marketing and training for most of the past 30 years.  I have trained Partners in the accounting firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in sales in the UK, Ireland and the US for the past 20 years and am currently helping them negotiate their agreements with their clients.  I’m happily married to my lovely wife of 33 years; I’ve been a resident of Maine for the past 22 and I’m an avid sailor with a J-28 sailboat in Falmouth.


So, how did I get into legacy letters? Though we don’t have children, my wife and I have been saving money for our grand-niece and grand-nephews. But I realized, that giving them money without wisdom is like giving a loaded gun to a toddler. So I looked for a way to put the money into a framework that would help them understand me better and hopefully give them a path to a better life. That’s how I found legacy letters. I can’t possibly hope to match the life experience that any potential participants would have, so I’m hopeful that I can learn from you while I share a tool you can use to influence the lives of your family and friends. 

I anticipate six sessions. The first to put Legacy Letters into context and to lay out the first assignment. The following five sessions would each start by reviewing the letters the participants composed after the prior session, followed by exploring a new type of letter and how it might be used. In the end, you’ll have a minimum of five letters that you use (or not) as you see fit. In any case, by the end, I’ll certainly be wiser than I am today for having listened to you, and I suspect you’ll have had some fun and, in the end, I’m hoping you’ll have developed a number of gifts that you can use to improve the lives of those you love.


A Good Death


with Mike Berkowitz

Calendar Jan 13, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

 How do you define death?  What’s a good death?  a bad one?  

What are our attitudes toward death?  How do you weigh quantity of life and quality of life?  What should be the doctor’s role?  Should end-of-life care costs be considered?  Have you made your wishes known?  Who should  decide?  Brief slide shows and movie clips will help us discuss what a good death is.

Your instructor:

Mike Berkowitz has taught in day care centers, elementary school, and colleges before finding his niche at senior colleges.  He enjoys challenging folks to think in new ways.

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