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Chasing Debt

UNITED STATES—It’s a four letter word that most of us fear. Something that we’ll always have as long as we live: debt.  What is it about debt that causes us to get tangled in so much financial mess?  We don’t know how to manage it.  The focus of this piece is on the issue of paying your taxes.  It’s...

Children On The Loose

UNITED STATES—Children nowadays are on a rampant overkill.  They fail to acknowledge the ramifications of their actions.  They are so quick to grow up; they refuse to acknowledge wrong doing.  Why is that?  Parents are no longer taking the initiative to be parents; they are attempting to be ‘friends.’ What is the problem with a parent attempting to be their...

Family Vs. Work

UNITED STATES—Family is the basis of all life.  We all love to spend time with family, but providing for our family requires us to work.  Most people on average spend between 30-50 hours working during the week.  That’s not counting perhaps another 10-12 hours spent commuting to and from work.  In total, about 40-60 hours of the week is...

Urban Beekeepers

LAUREL CANYON—Urban beekeepers have to save the day. How is it that when I walk by my neighbor’s rosemary the bees are hard at work?  There are plenty of them.  I read about bee colony collapse and again ask, how is that possible?  We’ve got lots of bees. I’ve seen swarms at Laurel Pass and Mulholland and Carmar and Allenwood. ...

Finding Your Passion In Life

UNITED STATES—The world is made up of many talented individuals.  Some of us have gifts that others would die for.  That’s the power of having a God-given talent or gift; you can’t allow it to go to waste.  So many of us work day in and day out unaware of the talents that lie inside of us. We all have...

Choice Or Chance

UNITED STATES—Well, what are people?  Are they born that way or do they become who they are as a result of a complex and inexplicable life process? Were you born unable to do algebra? Why do you write well? Why do like ice cream? What was it made you overweight? Why do you consider yourself ugly or beautiful? Were...

The Great Outdoors

UNITED STATES—The summer months are upon us and the beautiful weather is just right around the corner.  It’s the perfect time to be outdoors, but an epidemic is crippling our nation.  People are not spending as much time outdoors as in previous decades.  Why is this?  For starters, during the summer months school is no longer in session for...

Fair Exposure

UNITED STATES—The IRS is in hot water these days for targeting a lot of Tea Party/Conservative groups. The right-wing pundits are heating up the airwaves with claims of unfairness and oppression. If this wasn’t so ridiculous it would be hilarious.  When did you ever hear a hue and cry in the national media because the FBI was infiltrating and...

Reporting Bad Things

UNITED STATES—The recent media blitz about the three women who were found alive trapped inside a house of horrors in Cleveland, Ohio is astonishing to say the least.  The fact that these women had been missing for over 10 years and were found alive was welcome news.  The big question everyone wants to know is how these women went...

Money And Relationships: Where Is The Trust?

UNITED STATES—I had a very interesting conversation with a friend this week about relationships and how money plays a big factor in why some relationships falter.  Our conversation revolved around the issue of rather its okay for one person to have a separate bank account in addition, to a joint account.  My argument was yes.  My friend didn’t think...
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