As you heard on last Friday morning, Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61.  Like many, I enjoyed his show, Parts Unknown.  Without knowing what haunts someone’s inner thoughts, who would not have wanted to have stepped into the shoes of Anthony Bourdain for a short while to eat some great food, drink some great wine while traveling around the world meeting wonderful people?  Since his death, I have read some of Bourdain’s most memorable quotes.  One that particularly struck a cord with me is:

“If you’re commenting on how crunchy-delicious your salad is while your host is missing two limbs, you might want to ask them how that happened, and often you will get a story that’s far more interesting than what’s on your plate.”

Anthony Bourdain used food as a powerful tool to help better understand the human spirit.  Do not forget to be aware of what is around you, ask questions.  Instead of taking pictures of your food, consider asking someone a question you want to ask but was hesitant to do so. I enjoy asking our clients questions about the wars they fought, the places they have been.  They have much to share, and we have much to learn.


About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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