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Beware the Ides of March…

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Ides of March... What the heck is an Ide, anyway? Well, if you watched or read Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar,” you might remember a soothsayer warning Caesar to “Beware the ides of March.” But Shakespeare didn’t invent the term. The word “ides” refers to a particular lunar phase. In this case, a full moon. And the ides of March to March 15 initially kicked off the first full [...]

Sparking Joy for your budget

By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Here’s another hot trend from Japan in the spirit of Marie Kondo’s “de-cluttering movement…” It’s not about “sparking joy” when considering whether to keep or toss the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Instead, it’s focused on your finances and getting them under control. The approach is called “Kakeibo,” and it roughly translates into “household financial ledger.” It boils down to getting a lot more intentional about spending, along [...]

“Riddle Me This Batman…”

By |March 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Way back when Adam West ruled the airwaves as the Caped Crusader, his arch-nemesis “The Riddler” would pose puzzles that, unless solved in time, would lead to dire consequences in ever-endangered Gotham City. In that spirit – albeit absent any hint of danger – are three fun riddles posed recently online by Readers Digest magazine. Give each your best guess before checking out the answer in the associated PS [...]

In honor of Marshmallows

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Name a treat so commonplace, so under-valued, yet so delightful as the marshmallow. I’m here today to sing their praises – they deserve a higher status on the many-stepped ladder of culinary delights. Their history dates to the ancient Egyptians, nearly 4000 years ago. The name comes from the “Mallow” species of plants – latin name Althaea Officinalis – found in marshes across Europe, North Africa, and Asia. (I’d wager that’s [...]

What’s YOUR state motto?

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Here’s a fun question to ask your neighbor sometime: “So Al, what’s our state motto?” Odds are, Al won’t know. Odds are, you don’t know either. But just like every state has a state flag, flower, bird, and capitol, every state has its own unique motto – a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of that state. I’m not going to list all 50 for you, [...]

Oscar’s SUPER Swag Bag

By |March 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Well, this year’s Oscars are now history. The winners are probably still basking a bit in the glory of that little gold statue. The losers are likely still licking their wounds… just a wee bit. BUT – even if you didn’t take home the gold, just for being nominated, you received a pretty sweet consolation prize – a posh swag bag valued at over $225,000! Not hard to find [...]

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