August 19, 2013 6:00 AM
Happy. Sad. Excited. Scared!
My reason for buying potato chips, baking brownies on a whim and always having extra snack food on hand is leaving me. Effective Aug. 21, my husband and I will be empty nesters as both of our sons leave for college. Happy, sad, excited and scared are all words that come to my mind when I think about it. It will be my husband, the two dogs, the fish and me. Continue reading
August 15, 2013 6:00 AM
I started the ‘70s as a 7-year-old playing with my Barbie dolls and I ended it with a driver’s license!
For me, the 1970s was an age of innocence in a time that, when looking back, wasn’t that innocent. I loved East Pete Elementary School. I survived the awkwardness of middle school and spent my high school years calling my friends on the rotary dial phone in the kitchen, while wearing awful bell bottoms and ridiculous Candies wooden-heeled mules. Nobody could walk in those mules, yet we all wore them and thought we looked good. Continue reading
August 12, 2013 6:00 AM
Valentine’s Day was almost six months ago – the chocolates have been eaten, the flowers are long gone, the busyness of summer has set in, and you can’t even remember when you had a night out. Maybe it was Valentine’s Day, who knows?
Don’t get too discouraged. It is National Resurrect Romance Week, after all! Why not spark up that romance once again and show your little sweetie that Valentine’s Day doesn’t just happen in February. It can happen in the middle of August, too! Continue reading
August 8, 2013 6:00 AM
Next week marks another anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death – greatly exaggerated or not.
But whether there’s been a recent sighting of the ’King’ or not, his legend lives, and his fans never forget. Decades after his Aug. 16, 1977 death, people of all ages continue to enjoy his music, watch his movies, and flock to Graceland for a chance to see where he lived.
This week we celebrate Elvis, one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. Continue reading
August 5, 2013 6:00 AM
Every month has its quirky holidays. There’s ‘What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs?’ day in March. Just around the corner in June is ‘Yell Fudge at Cobras Day.’ And, of course, you can’t forget about ‘Race Your Mouse around the Icons Day’ in August! Love that one.
August, however, also brings us a deeper, more-introspective, thought-provoking topic in it being: ‘What’s Your Legacy?’ month. Continue reading
July 25, 2013 6:00 AM
My parents opened a savings account for me shortly after I was born to deposit any money I received from birthdays to babysitting jobs. I opened my first checking account after I started my first ‘real’ job at 16.
After applying for my first credit card (with a $300 credit line) when I entered college, I recall being scared to death because I had heard so much about how easy it is to rack up credit-card debt. Continue reading
July 18, 2013 8:25 AM
In a world awash in technology and global interconnection, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, life was very different. Take the 1960s for instance…
This was the decade of my childhood, when the size of my universe was measured in blocks rather than miles. The beginning of the ‘60s was very different from the end. Personally, I grew from a first grader to a teenager. In the world beyond my neighborhood, huge stories dominated the news … the war in Vietnam, the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, the moon landing, the feminist movement, the Beatles!
July 15, 2013 6:00 AM
I should have…
If only I would have…
Why did I EVER…?
Do you find yourself looking at your savings account, 401(k) balance, checkbook and wonder where your paycheck went and what happened to your nest egg? Continue reading
July 8, 2013 9:00 AM
As if you need a blog right now to tell you to appreciate your air conditioning.
Nevertheless, the period between July 3 and Aug. 15 is known as National Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. Those with air conditioning in the Mid-Atlantic were especially grateful last week with temperatures in the low 90s and high levels of humidity. Continue reading
July 1, 2013 9:30 AM
I had a garage sale last weekend, full of mounds and mounds of baby clothes and toys that I had no qualms about parting with. In fact, I couldn’t believe we had amassed that much “stuff” in four years.
For my son, however, it was tough to understand why we were getting rid of his things, even though he hasn’t played with most of them in years. I tried my best to explain that if we sell these “old” things, we can make money to buy new toys.
This event presented yet another opportunity to teach a lesson in money management. Continue reading