Kick the Buckets

Commercials are the worst.  I avoid live television altogether except for things like watching Xavier in the Elite Eight, but even then, I still avoid the commercials.  I will literally pause the TV when it goes to a commercial break and sit there until I think enough time has passed that I can fast forward through them. The other day, though, I must have been off my game.  I was watching some show and without realizing it, I got pulled in to the commercials.  One came on for the new, the amazing, the super powerful…Dyson… [read more]
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An Incredible Stat About the Dow Shows Just How Strangely Stocks Are Trading

(from Alex Rosenberg’s CNBC article which appeared on Yahoo! Finance on March 16, 2017.  Click here for the original post.  Alex is a producer for CNBC, where he serves as the digital writer & editor for “Trading Nation,” “Futures Now,” and “Options Action.”  Learn more about Alex here or follow him on Twitter here.) Eighteen years ago, when the Dow Jones industrial average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) was trading at half its current level, 100-point daily moves were twice as significant. That’s just math. What’s surprising is that they happened much… [read more]
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The Best Gift

My mother turned 80 last week, and we’d planned a weekend birthday party for her in Cincinnati, with family members coming in from out of state to surprise her.  But Thursday night those plans were cancelled when Mom called to say she couldn’t leave Portsmouth, because Lodi was dying and she didn’t want to leave her. Lodi’s parents died when she was five, scattering 8 brothers and sisters among an assortment of relatives who took them in at the beginning of the Great Depression.  Clara and Nell, two of her aunts who never married, raised… [read more]
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The More You Know

They say sometimes ignorance is bliss.  That nagging pain, a drip in the basement, stepping on the scale to see how the new fitness plan is going, anything worthy of our attention that goes ignored due to our reluctance to know the truth. This can especially be true with our finances.  It is not uncommon for us to see resistance from potential new clients, existing clients or even those just making their first call to the office.  In those cases, when we are able to dig a little deeper into the reluctance, it’s almost always… [read more]
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To Keep or not to Keep – That is the Question

They say opposites attract.  Well, they were right when it comes to my husband and me.  I am a neat freak and he is a pack rat.  I love clean surfaces and being able to see everything when I look in a closet or cabinet.  He loves saying yes when anyone offers to give us anything.  Old sink – yes, we want it.  A third set of used speakers – send them our way.  Twenty place settings of holiday dishes when I do 90% of my cooking in the microwave – of course!  His collecting… [read more]
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