Do you have a prayer request? A special need? Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email. All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed. Then...
This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY! Wow. I had no idea! That is just so cool...
I decided to learn about and begin blogging for a couple of reasons. I need to keep my brain challenged by learning new things. I want to understand the challenges my daughter is facing as a parent in this constantly changing world where technology has created an entirely different environment for her to be parenting in than what I was faced with raising her and her sister. ...more
Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime.
Tough times in the stock market and the economy have left the average retirement account holder worse off than they were 10 years ago. Have you taken a look at your retirement accounts lately? Is YOUR nest egg shrinking? Don’t give up just yet! A self-directed IRA can be a huge benefit to your financial game plan in your long term strategy toward a financially secure retirement. ...more
OK, imagine that there is this computer program to help you with your finances. Imagine that you can enter in all your checks, deposits, charitable deductions, and so on. Imagine that, with a click of a button, you can print reports of said charitable donations, how much you spent on housing, etc. Imagine that this program also has excellent budgeting tools, including links to find more on your credit score and ways to save money by changing where you do business (banks, especially)....more
Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more
The newness of back-to-school has worn off, and we're settling into our parenting routines. Right? Except for those members of the sandwich generation who never quite know what to expect from their aging parents. What do you do when you have soccer practice at the same time as your father's doctor appointment? Your father who can't drive anymore? Replicate yourself?
A recent study done at the University of Massachusetts, has shown that 90 percent of our money is laced with cocaine. Baltimore, Boston and Detroit were the top cities on the list. The study was performed worldwide. Canada and the US were on the top of the world list, while Japan and China were at the bottom.
Talking to your aging parents about their future can be an awkward conversation (especially if you know they aren’t as prepared as they should be). It is a conversation that we have to have but one we all put off. There are many suggestions of ways to spark up the talk, but one excellent way to get started is to do your own estate plan and use it as a way to talk to your parents about their financial situation.