Monthly Archives: December 2010

Should thank you notes go high-tech?

Each year I look forward to the slightly slower pace of the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I finally get time to sit down and write thank you notes to friends and relatives for gifts received, meals shared, or… Continue reading

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Holiday vacations don’t have to derail your fitness plan

I’m on a mission. A health mission. Now that I’m a member of the 40-40 club (as I like to call it), I’m more focused on my health. I want to prevent and/or delay the illnesses that have unfortunately made… Continue reading

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When more becomes less

If there’s a time of year when more becomes less, it’s now. Many of us add more and more to our busy schedules, on top of our regular day-to-day juggling acts. December often means piling on holiday cooking, decorating and… Continue reading

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Finances: a gift now…a gift later

As I rambled through the mounds of papers on my desk, an envelope seemed to jump up from the pile as if it was purposely trying to get my attention. Ironic, since I’ve spent months avoiding this very envelope, yet… Continue reading

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Bringing out the winter wool

In Minnesota we bring out the winter wool early compared to most regions of the country. In fact, this year our first snowfall of the season arrived well before Thanksgiving. But snow or no snow, there’s something therapeutic about the… Continue reading

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Women-owned businesses continue to create jobs in slow economy

I recently came across an article about the October 2010 White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls that states the following: Women-owned businesses are a critical part of America’s 21st century economy…. Continue reading

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The art of OURS: the naming milestone

When I married my husband, we formed a blended family and the “OURS” column in my life grew. It continues to grow. As an experiment, I googled “What is a blended family?” and 1,780,000 results popped up in .13 seconds…. Continue reading

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Practicing patience at 65 MPH

My youngest son Paul recently received his driving learner’s permit. He was nervous and excited; I was just nervous. Now that we are out driving and he is practicing, his confidence is building and my nerves are calming — except… Continue reading

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Will you generate a personal retirement surplus or deficit?

The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) recently announced that the total aggregate national deficit in U.S. retirement income adequacy is an estimated $4.6 trillion (PDF). In layperson’s terms, that means Americans as a group are currently saving well below what… Continue reading

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Dismissing Miss Information

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly heard the media claim that many Americans spend less time planning for retirement than planning a two-week vacation. That may be true for some, but decidedly not all. Unfortunately, those people who do spend countless… Continue reading

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