Thursday, May 14, 2020

Home Buying from Home


With interest rates at an all-time low this is a great time to begin the process of a property search.  Many of the home buying steps can be done from the comfort of your own living room. As cited in today's Wall Street Journal buying remotely is becoming a new reality.  As our nation has been dealing with the threat of COVID- 19, Coldwell Banker has updated many of its protocols and thus I am able to virtually offer the following services to maintain client health, safety, and peace of mind.  

Search Preparation
Before beginning a search a buyer should determine his or her goals.  I like to chat to understand the where, what, when and how much they can afford.  For the financing piece I will refer them to a mortgage professional. 

Virtual Tours 
Once a price range, search parameters and geographic areas are determined I can set up an online search to see currently available listings. Coldwell Banker offers a platform called Exclusive Look to share internal listing before they become public.  In addition, I can set up an internal search request for listings that may be coming to market in the future.  Nowadays many sellers prefer selling privately foregoing the open market.  

I can preview listed homes offering virtual tours and gather information to prescreen properties prior to sharing with clients for  review.  In addition I can share live video tours and then send you a recording! 

Email Notes and Seller Disclosures 
Often, there are seller disclosures and notes associated with a listing that are not available to consumers. As I become aware I will share all pertinent information and email you details about your top listings. 

Private Showing 
With regard to social distancing, we can set up a private showing to ensure no other potential buyers are viewing the home at the same time. 

Once you make an offer we can guide you through the other steps including due diligence for the property using inspections and legal consult to close the deal and a move manager to help with the physical aspects of moving.  We are able to handle many steps along the way as virtually as possible.  

With interest rates at an all-time low, it is a great time to buy!  And with today's technology, much of the process can be done from your home. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Ready to learn more
To learn more please join me and my colleagues Ann Newberry (Move Manager) from Smooth Transitions of Massachusetts and Tom McLaughlin (Mortgage Broker) of Guarenteed Rate for a virtual information on The New Normal-Buying and Selling in Today’s Market presented next Wednesday May 20th at 5:00 pm.    Please email me at wendy.bornstein@nemoves.com for an invitation

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Virtually at Your Service


The market is changing and more of our jobs are being shifted to virtual work from home.  Google recently published an article sharing that this lifestyle trend has been increasing as millennials seek greater balance and quality home time.  This has been accelerated as we have all been thrown into the experience of social distancing home during the current COVID19 crisis.   

I am excited to share that as a company Coldwell Banker is staying ahead of the curve.  As a whole the industry is adapting to a new reality and requires much coordination with other services to support the needs of buyers and sellers in a socially distanced world.  There are many parties involved in a real estate transaction and the process is extremely complex.  I  work with several colleagues to make the process as seamless as possible. In addition, I have been very busy taking classes to keep up to date on innovative new tools that better serve my clients.  


There are many things that can be done whether one is Buying or Selling to prepare for their real estate needs.  Many of these steps along the journey can now be done without physical contact. 


I work with a great team to provide services that are available with zero physical contact if required due to Social Distancing needs.   


My colleague Ann Newberry who is Senior Move Manager and Owner of Smooth Transitions of Massachusetts, suggests starting to clean out one drawer a day as a start. 



First time Buyers can begin both a search process through my website as well as start to get their finances in order.  Tom McLaughlin at Guaranteed Rate offers a platform that starts the mortage qualification process from beginning through the close of a purchase online..   


There are many small steps that can be done to begin the buying or selling journey.   Ann, Tom and I will be offering a Virtual information session on May 20 at 5:00pm to share ideas on how to begin this process.   If you would like to join us please email  Wendy.Bornstein@NEMOVES.com to receive an invitation link. 


Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham and checks her social media accounts often.   If you have any questions or know anyone thinking about entering the real estate market feel free to share this with them.  



Friday, April 3, 2020

The Show Must Go On While Socially Distancing - part 2 updated



Hi everyone I have updated last weeks blogpost with relevant shows to watch as of this week.   Hope you enjoy reading and streaming this weekend.  
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If you love theater like I do,  I have been overwhelmed with the amount of content available to watch while being socially distanced at home.  Whether you have a home theater or a laptop there are new show that are both live and previously recorded productions that are posted almost daily.  I started to keep a list of these and wrote a a blog about this last Friday which I posted 2 weeks ago Friday website. .   This is an update to that original post "Live Stage Front Row Seats



Andrew Lloyd Webber shows will continue to stream for free on Friday nights 7pm and be up for one week only.  Appropriately for the holidays this week you can watch Phantom of the Opera if click HERE   For future shows click here  Webber.


FOCUS FEATURE MONDAYS: And lastly through the end of April we can enjoy long weekends as the art-house producer/distributor Focus Features will stream a film from its library of releases on its Facebook page every Monday. (There’s no charge, but there’s a link to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.).  To stream click  Facebook


Improv BostonLive shows- some free some pay or donate. click here

Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies!
Join host Jamie Lee Curtis and special guests for an interactive event with real-time chats, movie trivia, challenges and more.  Every Friday for the next four weeks Lionsgate's will have a free livestram of their most popular titles starting with The Hunger Games, followed by Dirty Dancing, La La Land, and John Wick on www.youtube.com/lionsgatelive at 9PM.
It doesn’t get much bigger than this. On Saturday, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah, Paul McCartney, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo and dozens more stars will be joining together for “One World: Together At Home,” a Global Citizen and World Health Organization special event in support of the fight against Covid-19. The broadcast will also highlight stories from health care heroes around the world, with messages of gratitude from those they’ve treated.
When: Streaming at 2 p.m.

The Billie Holiday Theater is hosting a special online reading of the James Sheldon play “Reparations,” which tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor who invites a younger black writer to her apartment. The show was the centerpiece of the theater’s fall 2019 season, and a majority of its original cast will reunite for this reading, including Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Kamal Bolden and Gys de Villiers. Last year, The New York Times called it “a play that turns expectations on their heads.”
When: 8 p.m.

For the 25th anniversary of the Chris Farley, David Spade comedy “Tommy Boy,” Paramount Pictures will be offering a virtual screening event hosted the film’s director, Peter Segal. (Segal will likely reflect on his experience working with Brian Dennehy, who played Big Tom in the movie. Dennehy died on Wednesday.) Viewers can interact via text and video with other fans as well as with special guest hosts. Tickets are $1.99.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: CYA.live


from last week's post 

The virtual Seder streamed last Saturday and was fun for anyone who missed it.  It is still up and worth watching.


FLEABAG the original London Theater Live show the Netflix series was based on will be streaming for 2 weeks on Netflix for a $5.00 donation to charity .  for more info click HERE.   

Wendy grew up in the MetroWest area of Boston and has been a Realtor for over 10 years now with Coldwell Banker Needham. She loves to write and share her passions about the local community, theater, travel, her dog and much more.  She is now working virtually and would be honored to help with any real estate needs.  She is only a click away.







Monday, March 23, 2020

Resources to find #funthingstodowhilesocialdistancing


As I was putting the final touches on this blogpost to publish later today, Massachusetts Governor Baker has just issued an Emergency Order for non-essential workers to Stay In Place effective noon tomorrow through April 7.  It is now more timely than expected and is something I have been working on over the past week just in case this occurred.  

As most of my clients and friends know I like to be proactive. When I grew up my parents would not let me go out with friends until I finished my chores.  Thus I was always ahead of the game with getting them done.   In addition, I was a Girl Scout leader and raised 3 kids which also explains my motto of always being prepared.   I have recently been putting these skills to use while exploring all modes of life one can do from their socially distanced space.  I have prepared this information below. 

Please note: This list is for #funthingstodowhilesocialdistancing and does not include any COVID health resources.  These are best available from your local Community Health organizations. I will add to this as I learn of more ideas but this is compiled over the past week and should cover most bases.  

Errands done from home to save and free up your time
  
Online food delivery-they will personally shop and deliver ShipT,  Instacart you can have curbside pick up or delivery RocheBros. Some of these services are on overload and may not have easy delivery slots. 
Need a new book, puzzle or game- you can order these online and either pick up outside the store or have delivered for fee Ind├ępendant bookstores-Wellesley Book Store

No need to go to the Post Office just set up online-  Stamps.com

Need dog/pet food you can order online Chewy.com 

Entertainment/Movies to watch:
Instead of going to live theater check this Globe article for online resources Watching Theater
Also for live streamed music/concerts check here
Love Music Festivals- check these out
 www.stayathomefestival.com; or on Instagram at @stayathomefestival. 

Virtual Travel:
Instead of traveling to a real destination you can stream a movie and then go on tour to the film's location.  check this article
Its cherry blossom time and instead of going to Washington DC this spring you can see them here.

Socialize/Meetings:
Facebook-stay connected but beware of fake ads etc,  I would try to use other tools as much as possible as do not trust potential exploitation from them.  Look at tools such as Zoom and Facetime-you can have actual group meetings -try a lunch date with friends, happy hour, bookclub.

Exercise:
Yoga apps such as Yoga Studio
Meditation such as Buddify 
5 at home workouts featured in the WSJ
Train for a virtual 5K with Prevention Magazine
Join Gretchen Rubin 20on20 Walk Group

Inspirational / Spiritual:
Gretchen Rubin-daily Instagram chats at 4pm
check your local synagogue/church for streaming of services

Kids/family activities:
Listen to stories and do related projects from children's author Kate Messner through her site Read, Wonder and Learn
For some online and new Game ideas
How about making a photo book online?  You can create one and go through old photos on one of the apps such as Snapfish
Keep your kids engaged on current events with free NYI weekly news quiz -maybe reward them if score well



Culture:
Online virtual exhibit at the Reggie Lewis Museum Click here for a link to an exhibit donated by my family.  (Stearns collection)
Virtual Shakespeare
Google has partnered with Art Museums worldwide that you can visit virtually on a site called Google: Arts & Culture
Boca Raton Arts Museum has a program for kids called Keep Kids Smart with Art
See a virtual art exhibit hosted by The Cotuit Center for the Arts called BLUES
Classical Music lover here's the BSO online

Outdoor activities:
Places to go around Boston
Neighborhood walk
Drive around and look at architecture/old houses

Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance:
For the practical or one who enjoys doing things around the house how about getting an early start so you have more time to play.
This is a great time to declutter, clean and get your home ready for spring. I have prepared a Home Maintenance checklist and am happy to send you a copy if you email me: wendy.bornstein@nemoves.com.

I continually am posting new ideas on my Facebook page @wendybcb (Wendy Bornstein Coldwell Banker Needham) and use the #funthingstodowhilesocialdistancing.  I invite you to visit and like this page.  Please feel free to share any new suggestions there or below in the comments section as well.  Thank you and stay healthy.  We are all in this together.  

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Mini Retreat in Your Socially Distanced Home

What are your plans this weekend?  What would you have said three weeks ago if you were given the opportunity for a quick getaway where the only thing you had to do was nothing ie:  no carpooling or errands to do.  You are offered a time to just relax and spend time by yourself ( if self-quarantined) or with loved ones in a private location without distractions.  

Fast forward to today.  We are all stuck in our homes and social distancing.  Each day can look like the next without any break in routine.   No matter your religion either Saturday or Sunday is shabbat, a day of rest and a time to break away from the monotony of everyday and spend some time toward inward thinking.  

My proposal is to set the stage for this same overnight retreat in your head.  You will spend Saturday in an isolated cabin away from it all.  To truly enjoy this experience you need to prepare ahead of time.

 Suggested items to have available include:

- an exercise mat and some work out clothing.  
- a reading device or media to be able to watch local movie releases on demand.  
- favorite toiletries 
- comfortable fun clothing and a dress up dinner outfit
-2 to 3 bottles of wine
-a prepared home cooked dinner

Take some time to pamper yourself. The rules are to keep the news off, put your phone away except for emergencies and resist social media.  

Its time to leave all your work and negativity behind.  

Here is a proposed itinerary but you have the choice to make it your own.  The only suggestion is to break away from the routine you had all week. 
Saturday afternoon-If its nice out you may go for a walk around your block and then come inside and either read or maybe do a puzzle. 

May be do a mediation app or just listen to some nice music.  

In late afternoon you are a bit hungry and can have a healthy protein snack of cheese and nuts while preparing a nice Italian feast for dinner.  

Saturday pm-Prepare a nice home cooked dinner,  Pour some wine and enjoy the candlelight ambience.  After dinner you retreat to a comfortable couch to watch a first run movie on demand or stream a show you haven't had time to see.  


Sunday am-Do an online yoga class.  After the class you will treat yourself to a self spa day.  You can take a long shower or bath, smell incense,  polish your nails, and give yourself a facial. 

Sunday early afternoon- have a nice brunch!!

Hope you are inspired to get away.  Our imaginations can make our reality a positive and fun experience.  I am trying to use mine to think outside the box.  Shabbat Shalom.  

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham who loves blogging, reading, walking her dog and thinking outside the box to make the world a better place. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The world of reading at the tip of your fingers

As most of my blog readers and friends know I love to read.  I enjoy all types of book and find that a really good novel can be almost like a mini vacation transporting me from everyday life to a th expanded outside world.  As many need to shelter in place or social distance this is a great way to broaden your horizons.   For those who also share the love of reading or may want to learn how to have better access to reading materials please read below:

I just participated in a motivational Instagram group chat hosted by  Gretchen Rubin.  For those unfamiliar with her she is a great resource and authored The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm as well as several other books.  I have read many and subscribe to her daily podcast and newsletter.  During the chat, she launched a virtual book club for the listeners and suggested reading  Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckman.   The first date of this bookclub will be April 1.   It was recommended to buy the book at a local bookshop.   She reminded listeners that due to the COVID crisis many small businesses will be forced to close their doors and it important to do our part to help them stay in business.  

Coincidentally this morning I got an email from one of my favorite local brick and mortar bookstores, WellesleyBooks  informing customers that they were temporarily closing but would have online ordering available with easy pickup or mail delivery.  (Likewise in today's Boston Globe there was an article siting area Indie bookstores also offering curbside pickup and delivery.) I went to their website for more information and noted that their monthly lunchtime book club (April 6 which is canceled) featured the book Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver .  After reading about the book description I was inspired to start a virtual bookclub with my Next-door online neighbors.  Since my local bookclub isn't launched yet I went ahead and ordered the Beckman book for now so I can read it by April 1.  

I read both physical and online books.  I always keep a book on my kindle and on my phone kindle app as sometimes I am stuck somewhere and have wait time to read. I am fortunate to have local bookstores near me and often try to buy my physical books through them vs Amazon.  

For those who do not have local bookstores nearby or just prefer to read on a device I thought I would share online ways to read books.  - here are some great apps you can download.

Bookshout, Kindle and Books are apps where you can purchase content.

The Overdrive app connects you with your library to be able to borrow downloadable books.

Libby is the platform the borrowed books can be accessed on as well as various reading apps.

Goodreads is an app building a community of readers where you can make book recommendations and share books you have read.

Lastly we all have books sitting on our shelves at home.  Now is a good time to clean your home and get organized.  Chances are you will find books you forgot you had or never got around to reading.   

No matter the source of your reading materials there are so many books to read.  Think outside your box and try a new genre such as  fiction, non-fiction, professional development , educational material for students, spiritual and motivational books and much more that you haven't had time to read before!! Be an explorer from the socially distanced book resource at the tip of your fingers.

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham.  Like the books she reads, she is only a click away if you have any questions about your local real estate market during this time period.  

Monday, March 9, 2020

ReCLUTTERing our Decluttering by Panic Shopping

I have written several posts about decluttering and downsizing and through most of my posts have tried to un-cover methods to get rid of things we don't need.  As the outbreak of COVID-19 is threatening pandemic proportions I am seeing the antithesis of this behavior and now have a greater appreciation for the hoarding mentality.  See BBC article on the psychology of panic buying here.  (It is my understanding that if exposed to COVID it is recommended to self quarantine for 14 days.)

There is something innate to our behavior that can make us become hoarders.  Can't we agree it is comforting to surround ourselves with a stocked pantry of favorite foods?  Our inner survival instincts drive us to buy in excess in fear of potential shortages.

Lines at the supermarkets and big chain warehouses have been out the doors.  There are shortages of hand sanitizer and cleaning products as people buy whatever is remaining.  This is creating a huge shopping frenzy as noted in Fortune Magazine here.  I am guilty of this too and have thus stocked up on non-perishables that could exceed a good 30 days.  I bought extra vanilla extract and chocolate chips yesterday in case I need to bake emergency toll house cookies.  I am also well supplied on paper goods but do we really need a that much toilet paper? (see Forbe's Magazine  )  Although comforted and well positioned I have recluttered my cabinets with things I don't necessarily need.  One does have to ask.......did the risk of buying three months worth of toilet paper at Costco outweigh the chance of exposure to a COVID carrier?  I guess I won't know this until 14 days pass and I still remain healthy.  (See added link re : Toilet paper stockpiling)

Consumers are irrationally stocking up on things they probably don't really need in fear of it not being available.  Once COVID passes will we realize we overbought and need to start the declutter process again?  At a recent meeting last week with a social worker, she suggested we all slow down a bit and take a deep breath.  She recommended I buy an app called Buddify and when I feel a major impulse or impending stress to take a walk or do a 5 minute guided meditation.  Perhaps we all need to do this and stay calm.  Perhaps we get a quick adrenaline rush of comfort by overbuying things we may already have adequate supply of.  

Like other viruses and health issues COVID will too come and go.  Most of us will be fine if we take the recommended health precautions.  Let's all calm down a bit and think rationally when out shopping.  Take inventory of what you really do need in at home in case you are quarantined.  But don't overdo it.  I came home from my Costco run only to realize I already had 3 boxes of Post Raisin Bran after buying a new box while there.

As one who has shared posts about declutting perhaps we need to remember that today's impulse buying may be tomorrows clutter.  There are shortages of things for no reason.  There are others who may really need some help with their food supplies.  If you realize you have excess that is not needed please remember its always welcome to donate to a local food pantry and to help those in need.  
                               

Wendy is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Needham.  She enjoys writing, talking and helping people by sharing her unique insights into the local area around her.  

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Is an inheritance actually the cherished gift as intended or a burden to the beneficiary?



Passing down property assets to the next generation always starts with well meaning intentions. Parents and grandparents often want to pass their cars, collectible tangible property and sometimes real property to their heirs. While it sounds exciting and wonderful, though, often there is a burden to fulfilling this wish.  

Before setting anything in stone, in a perfect world the owner of such assets should ideally discuss the practicality of intentions with the intended recipient before finalizing their estate plan.  Often though this can become emotional and there may be different goals for each party.  If the gift is supposed to truly benefit the recipient it is in the best interest however to be sure the recipient a) wants the intended gift and b) has the resources to maintain the assets  required to retain value.  I also think it is important to meet with an Estate planner/lawyer to create a plan that will be easily passed onto future beneficiaries.   This professional may be more objective and help guide sometimes difficult conversations.  

When my Dad passed away in 2013 his dream was to give his 2008 Lincoln Town car to my son (then 24 years old).  He lived in Brooklyn New York.  My parents housed the car in Tarpon Springs Florida and it had never been north.  First of all how many 24 years old would be seen driving a Town Car around NYC?  The car needed to be winterized and parking in NY is near impossible even with a compact size.  The cost to garage the car in NY would be prohibitive and even alternatively keeping it in Massachusetts where I live would be over $2000 month,  added to insurance costs to keep it running periodically. Although my son was hesitant to turn down such a gift from his deceased Grandfather, we quickly learned the gift would in fact actually become a short lived memory with a longer experienced financial burden.  Ultimately we ended up selling the car and giving my son the proceeds and the retired license plate as a token memory.  (of note,  my Dad was a teacher of Jewish History and often spoke of the story of Masada as his inspiration of standing tall against oppression- thus his customized license plate lives on in our family).  

Likewise my Dad collected tens of thousands of books and antiquities in Florida that were near impossible to relocate to Boston where we live.  We tried selling and donating many of these items.  It took close to 2 years to downsize and clean up a large portion of items that we could not possibly store.  We thought briefly about keeping the condominium they owed and retrospectively could have kept it as an investment but found it easier to sell since my brother and lived out of state.

I often hear clients who own multiple properties such as a beach or mountains home say that they would like to keep them in the family.  While all sounds good,  one needs to step back and really consider the practicality.  Often kids live far away and visit infrequently.  They have their own local areas to vacation.  Remote property management is costly.  There was a great article in this weeks WSJ addressing this topic which you can read here.

I have read many books on downsizing and preparing for final moves as we age.  A few good books on the subject include:  

Moving in the Right Direction by Bruce Nemovitz-click here
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson-click here

If you do decide to retain a real estate property you may want to look at opportunities to form a 1031 exchange which is a tax vehicle to make the property an investment option. There are certain time period requirements on the acquisition and disposal of a qualified property and although, I am not an expert on this area I do work with specialists who are.  They can help guide you on the legal and financing end, while I can help with any real estate needs.  

The key take away from this blog post is the importance of having a plan and having it documented while you are able to make decisions that are practical and will actually benefit your beneficiaries.  While we may perceive gifting tangible items to our loved ones,  remember they are your loved ones and you want to look out for their best interest although sometimes this may conflict with your own expectations. 

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham.  She enjoys working with senior clients. Having gone through the process of downsizing and being on the beneficiary end of the cycle a few times and has learned much and is happy to share her knowledge. She can be found at www.wendybcb.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

E Coli risk and the inherent health risks we face today including Coronavirus

I am a salad lover.  Up until last week I would always choose a salad over a sandwich or other appetizer when eating out.   I recently read an article about E Coli risks and have thus been researching this subject since there have been multiple outbreaks.  From what I have learned I thought it important to share my data.

We hear the touts of deregulation helping our economy and how the economy is booming.  Just listen to the SOTU last night as an example but in realty there are many ways that deregulation is creating increased day to day risks for our well being.  I am not here to talk policy but just to highlight a few health concerns that should alarm all of us.

Periodically there have been recent E Coli outbreaks.  Some can cause irreversible health issues and even kidney failure or death.  The risk can be quite dangerous.  One common thread in some of the literature I have read is that due to deregulation there are less inspectors to insure higher safety precautions before lettuce is brought to market.  As illustrated in a photo below there are three points where contamination can occur in the process of growing lettuce to its delivery to the consumer.  This may also be true in other products but I am focusing on lettuce here.  As a consumer it is up to each of us to be educated on what we eat,  what we consume and how to be our own advocates.   It is becoming increasing clear that each person is out for himself.   It is important to wash and if possible cook produce to kill any infectants.   A few articles below site the cause of these breakouts, how to prevent them and how to mitigate exposure.

-Don't eat romaine lettuce - a warning in a December article during an E Coli breakout is here

-An explanation of the role in deregulation in causing E Coli outbreaks is here

-Methods to mitigate ones risk in today's Boston Globe is here

-Untimely communication of potential risk by CDC and FDA increased our risk click here

As for other health concerns such as coronavirus,  I have heard mixed reviews about wearing masks to limit exposure.  One health professional today said the risks to the American public warrant the same procedures one would take with a flu outbreak.  If you saw the movie Contagion a few years ago you will understand why I am writing this blog post.  If you have hypercondriac tendencies like I do you may not want to watch it.  I keep having images echoing in my head that these outbreaks occur and the public not being adequately informed before becoming pandemic.

update 2/6 Attached is an up-to-date link to a map of the Coronovirus outbreak from today's NYT.

There are many health risks we can not avoid and some where we can use common sense to mitigate danger.  My advice is to be your own advocate, wash your hands frequently and if in places where you feel there are major crowds perhaps wearing a mask is a good idea.  I still love salads and wish I could order these whenever I go out to eat.  I will now, however,  only consume cooked vegetables when available if I am not absolutely sure of the sourcing.  I hope this can change in the future.  Lets all work together to stay healthy and minimize public risk.

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham.  She enjoys helping people and writing her blog to share perspectives on how to make the world a better place.




Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Relevance of Childhood Fables and Stories - The Emperor's New Clothes

                                          

How many remember the bedtime stories you listened to while growing up?  

I vividly remember a few including The Three Little Pigs and The Emperor’s New Clothes.  Both of these teach life long lessons that have laid foundations for me, personally.  Perhaps both my profession as a Realtor and marriage to an engineer have solidified the importance of building a strong foundation to whatever one does.  We all know that the house of bricks or strength will hold up the longest against evil forces.  I see this everyday when I look at properties for sale in my market place.  The solid homes sell for close to asking price and the ones with cut corners often end up costing more in the long run.

Likewise, Truth Matters.  Over the past few months I have been actively involved in producing an original musical/version of The Emperor’s New Clothes conceived and written by Temple members Gil and Margie Brodsky.  The story loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale has contemporary music and flare.   Although it does parallel our geo-politics today, in many ways, the intent of the show is to be neutral and share a universal message of the importance of truth and community.  The show is comprised of Temple members aging from 7 to 80 years old and the focus has been to build a strong sense of our local community.

In this production, we learn that even a “Little White Lie” can backfire.  A narcistic leader who only looks out for himself often hurts the well -being of those surrounding him.  This story is quite relevant today as we see more and more such leaders surrounded by “swindlers” as has been coming out in the recent news-cycles.  Only when the relevant truth comes out through checks and balances can the community achieve its needs.  

The show I am producing is quite entertaining and gives a new perspective on this theme.  I am usually behind the scenes but will have a small role in this production as "Business Person #1".  The show is great for audiences of all ages and I invite you to bring children and /or grandchildren. Perhaps the show will lay a moral foundation for their future character.   For more information or to order tickets click here.

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, walking her dog and in her free time she is involved with local community theater.  When seeking your castle please visit her website at wendybcb.com