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Abba, what a good idea for a new board. I have been a Fool since 1998. I have been a widow since 1987. I was 50yrs old, a stay-at-home mom/wife and knew little of investing and financal matters. TMF has been a great deal of help to educate me. I was fortunate in that the 1990's were very good to my inheritance. A good time to learn, although the past few years have been a tough lesson.

When my dear Jack was gone I was afraid to go to Walmart to buy sweats. I put insurance money into CD's and most of my money in the 401K was in guaranteed money market. Interest rates at the time were probably around 9%. Soon after, I turned over my finances not in the 401K to an acquaintance with ML. In 1996 my children convinced me to get a computer. I thought at the time that I did not want to die after never having tried a new technology available to all. The computer became a good friend and learning tool.

I participated in financial seminiars online and bought books about the stock market and investing. By 1999, I fired my broker, left ML, and turned my 401K into my very own IRA. Rest of that story later.

Time has eased my grief somewhat and I must say, with my daughters and grandchildren and dogs I am a happy lady even though I do miss my best friend. I kept my house and 5 acres..which I take care of myself. I guess I have become a tough old broad!

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